On June 21st, the full Senate passed the 2012 Farm Bill, signaling an important bipartisan effort that ultimately defines all the rules for how our food system functions here in the United States. It determines everything from what farmers need to grow to how agriculture effects the environment. As you can imagine, the Farm Bill is ENORMOUS and can be difficult to understand. Luckily, Good (the quarterly magazine), has created this super handy interactive infographic explaining the Farm Bill without making your head spin. Check it out! They have a neat series of articles called "Forked Up - Let's fix the food system ourselves" that is definitely worth the read.
Be sure to check out Oxfam America's official response to the Senate version of the 2012 Farm Bill. In summary, while Oxfam America was pleased to see many steps taken in the right direction (that can save millions of lives), there is still work to be done.