The Hill, Farm Bill necessary for nation's food securityAmericans enjoy the most abundant, safe and affordable food supply in the world. In fact, Americans spend less than 10 percent of their incomes on food -- the lowest in the world. Citizens in many other countries spend over 50 percent of their incomes on food.
Why is this? Certainly it's the hard work of American farmers and ranchers, new technology and wise stewardship of our natural resources. But a national farm policy that supports agriculture and provides a safety net for our farmers also plays a role. Agriculture policy has evolved over the years but its primary focus has endured: food security for our nation.
Serving on the House Agriculture Committee I see the benefits of ensuring a safe, adequate food supply for all Americans. We have seen the vulnerability to our country’s economy and high fuel prices due to our reliance on foreign energy. We must not make the same mistake with our food supply.