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Farm bill discontent: Urban agriculture supporters want changes

Danielle Marvit is production manager for Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery in Pittsburgh. She has serious concerns about conventional agriculture. Here, she talks with journalists during the recent annual convention of the Society of Environmental Journalists in Pittsburgh. (Jonathan Knutson/Agweek)

U.S. local food sales totaled at least $12 billion in 2014, up from $5 billion in 2008, and experts anticipate the figure to reach $20 billion by 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Jonathan Knutson
Oct 16, 2017


She’s also determined to transform the farm bill, the centerpiece of federal food and agricultural policy. She’s gone to Washington, D.C., repeatedly to lobby for her beliefs.

She insists that the existing farm bill — and mainstream ag in general — is tailored to the wants and needs of powerful corporate interests, not what’s best for the overwhelming majority of Americans.

“Most people just don’t understand how important the farm bill is,” Finn said.

Marvit, for her part, is critical of much of America’s conventionally raised food.

“It’s not real food,” she said.

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