WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers are giving organic farmers more respect these days. Manuel Vieira hopes that translates into more tangible help, as well.
Vieira grows yams and sweet potatoes organically near Livingston, Calif. He speaks English with the accent of his native Azores Islands and wants Congress to step up its organic investments. "I would like to see more [attention] from the Congress, from the government, paid to the people like myself who are trying to have better food, and a better life," he said yesterday.