Each week brings more food news to our browsers than we can shake a fork at — but our readers are continually hungry for knowledge about what they’re putting on their plates, and in their bodies. Here at EDB we often cover GMO labeling, food marketing, ag-gag legislation, and other current events in depth; but the food news river flows wide and fast. To keep up with that current, read on!
The House cut Food Stamps by $40 billion yesterday when they passed the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013 (H.R. 3012). The 109 page bill includes a number of requirements for new projects, reports to be written about those projects, and committees to review those projects, plus the budget necessary to do those things. The cost-cutting mostly occurs in one place – “categorical eligibility”.
Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker spent one week living on food stamps to raise awareness about food justice.
When Congress went into recess last week, they left the U.S. Farm Bill stalled in the House. House Speaker John Boehner said the House will take up the bill when they return after November elections.
Some 250 amendments to the Farm Bill are sitting in the Senate. Most won’t make it into the Farm Bill, but some will. Call your senators and let them know which ones you prefer.
Food Stamps: Follow the Money looks at corporate profits from the food stamps program. How much of the money intended to feed hungry Americans is lining the pockets of the largest corporations?
The Farm Bill passed out of Senate committee last week and soon it will come to a vote on the Senate floor. It’s not too late to let your Senators know what you think of the bill. Here’s a summary of some of the things included in the 2012 Farm Bill.
Let’s get real with ourselves for a minute. Food stamps are not for some generalized, stereotypical single-mom family with 5+ kids. As it stands, about 42 million Americans are currently getting [ … ]
The SuperCommittee admitted defeat yesterday. The budget cuts will have to be decided by Congress (all of Congress, democratically) and the U.S. Farm Bill is still being written. What now?
The Food Stamp Challenge is intended to call attention to the difficulties of finding enough food in this economy. Forty-nine million Americans are food-insecure. Could you eat for $31.50 a week?
The Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act (H.R. 5504) has been delayed. The House of Representatives was set to vote on it this week, before the House recessed on October 8, but they skipped out early.
In August, the Senate passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Now it’s the House’s turn to pass either the Senate’s bill or their own bill. In the House, [ … ]
Did you know that many farmers markets take food stamps?
Many of the markets here in the Atlanta area have been taking food stamps for years, and it looks like markets other cities are doing the same. This trend feels like a win for farmers and for customers!