Farm Bill Negotiators Ditch Environmental Rollbacks

WASHINGTON – Congressional negotiators released a compromise farm bill today that largely steers clear of undercutting bedrock environmental protections.  

The following is a statement by Erik Olson, senior director for health and food at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“The final farm bill is an enormous improvement over the partisan train wreck passed by the House. Many poison pills are gone that would have axed protections covering endangered species, pesticides, clean water and food for hungry individuals. While the final bill still contains some problematic provisions, we are thankful that our champions defeated many of the worst proposals.”

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