Clarify Anti-Environmental Riders in U.S. Farm Bill

Target: Sierra Club

Goal: Help environmental supporters and protesters to understand the origin of the U.S. Farm Bill’s anti-environmental riders.

What is commonly referred to as the U.S. Farm Bill is currently under intense scrutiny and adjustment on the U.S. Senate floor. It is a heaping document, rolling in at over 500 pages in its current form, fragmented into amendments and additions that refer to a previous act from 1985.

By its congressional name, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 attempts to comprehensively regulate commercial farming and its offshoots of conservation, trade, nutrition, land development, and forestry, among other things nearly impossible for the layperson to digest. These are mammoth issues affecting everyone in the nation as well as a substantial portion of the international community. Because of its density and convoluted language, anyone, including a member of Congress, let alone the average citizen, could be forgiven missing the quantified meanings of the document’s many messages.

Another upshot of the bill’s legal language is the high potential for hidden agenda “rider” items to be slipped under its sleeve. The Sierra Club works hard and does an excellent job extending awareness of our contemporary environmental issues. One such extension is the petition on its website to halt the U.S. Farm Bill on a count of its anti-environmental riders. They point us to and list the potential damages inflicted upon our land if the bill passes as is, but do not relate how or what in the bill accomplishes those mandates. It would be helpful for activists and the politically curious to see the link between bill language and actual consequence. This might be done through a web link on the Sierra site, since bills in progress are made available online.

With an overabundance of information online and the fast-paced nature of daily U.S. life, it would be beneficial to both the Sierra Club and the public to breakdown the issue a bit more.

We are thankful to the Sierra Club for their enormous efforts and contributions. We are asking for a little more help. Please sign below to request information aid from the Sierra Club.


Dear Sierra Club,

Thank you for all your efforts and contributions in promoting action for a better, cleaner, more sustainable environment. You have brought to light major issues that might otherwise go unnoticed. We are writing to ask for a little more help in this regard.

Please help us to understand the origin of ramifications created by riders enveloped in the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012. This might be done by web links pointing to specific portions of the bill, with the negative effects you have listed on your petition being the translation.

We believe this will help the average citizen to feel a little closer to the political processes that can change our lives. The hope is that the extra aid will be a stepping stone to understanding the place we inhabit, and a catalyst for the public becoming more active in their voices for change.


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