You can imagine that this news has many squirming in their seats, and weighing in on what should and should not remain in the text. Environmental groups and sustainable agriculture advocates are particularly concerned about what a Republican-led congress might do to conservation programs. American Farmland Trust has released a series of position papers advocating for improved (but not removed) conservation programs and supports for beginning farmers. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is backing the inclusion of a Local and Regional Food Bill and the Beginning Farmer Bill. And the illustrious Chicago Council on Global Affairs released a white paper advocating for more robust nutrition programs and weeding out commodity and biofuel subsidies.
So we wait with baited breath, to see what will happen in the next week or so. In the meantime, take a peak at this great TedX talk and call your member of Congress!