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Friday, December 2, 2016

Every five years, approximately, a monster piece of legislation known as the Farm Bill — hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies, restrictions, and price controls — gets renewed and sets our food policy. The Senate version is 1010 pages long, featuring a few good ideas and many more programs designed to funnel cash to major food producers and corporations. Republican Senator John McCain has viciously mocked and attacked what he sees as ridiculous giveaways, but runs the risk of  mocking serious science. Here’s a sampling of the Farm Bill pork that will be doled out, ranging from the stupid to the scientific.

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