On September 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the Nutrition Title to the Farm Bill. This bill would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the main food assistance program that used to be called food stamps, by nearly $40 billion over 10 years.
Farm Bill expires on September 30. With only a few days left it’s not
likely the House and Senate will agree on, and pass, a new five-year
bill. Dale Moore, the executive director of public policy for the
American Farm Bureau Federation, told the New York Times this week, “Right now, we’re just hoping that something will get done before the end of the year.”
Cutting benefits for the poor to give subsidies to the rich agribusinesses doesn’t seem like something that should “get done.”
Please contact your U.S. Representative and Senators to demand a Food and Farm Bill that promotes health and sustainability.