20 Billion vs. 3 Billion

Jane Black tweets, “Why big ag wants a secret farm bill:” and links to this San Francisco Chronicle piece:

From 2008 to 2010, commodity crops across the nation received $20 billion in subsidies, whereas fruits, nuts and vegetable farmers got $3 billion in federal funds and grants, according to the Environmental Working Group, which collects its data from the USDA.

She’s exactly right. Agribusiness is all about keeping a heavily subsidized animal-based food system going at all costs. Link.