Where Federal Food Research Funds Really Go | On Point

In this Sept. 13, 2016 photo, farmer Sam McCullough uses his combine to harvest quinoa near Sequim, Wash. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

With guest host Jane Clayson. March 16, 2017

Washington spends millions on agriculture research. But most of that spending doesn’t go toward fruits, vegetables, what we actually eat. We’ll peel back why. Plus: new safety concerns about Monsanto’s weed killer.

We’re supposed to be eating good food. Lots of fruits and vegetables. But the federal government isn’t spending the Ag dollars to make them more accessible and affordable. Billions are going to corn and soy subsidies for livestock and ethanol for our cars. But what about more spinach? Harvesting more efficiently. This hour On Point, Ag dollars and your shopping cart. Plus: new safety concerns about Monsanto’s weed killer.

Guests

Helena Bottemiller Evich, senior food and agriculture reporter at POLITICO. @hbottemiller)

Jay Hill, owner and operator of Hill Farms and Wholesale Family Farms in Mesilla, NM.

Stephanie Mercier, director of policy at the Farm Journal Foundation. Former chief economist of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.

Jeremy Bernfeld, editor of Harvest Public Media. (@JeremyHPM)

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