Farm bill’s defeat — A lost opportunity for food security and farms

Oct 9th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Story

More than 100 amendments were introduced to the farm bill that was defeated this month in the U.S. House of Representatives.

One amendment would have reduced annual funding for the federal food stamp program — known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — by $2 billion a year, and removed up to 2 million unemployed, low-wage and poor people who use their SNAP/EBT card to buy food and eligible non-food items. Another amendment would have allowed states to require food stamp applicants to submit to drug testing as part of the SNAP application process.

The Senate version of a farm bill had passed two weeks earlier, and it also reduced funding for the food stamp program by $400 million annually. The bill would have also instituted reforms in both SNAP and the farm industry. Direct payments to farmers would be eliminated for crops they do not actually grow, and participating SNAP retailers would be required to stock more fruits and vegetables to be available to SNAP recipients. More grants and loans to both urban and rural “food deserts” would become available, to expand offerings of healthful food.

For more on this story, visit: Farm bill’s defeat — A lost opportunity for food security and farms | The CT Mirror.

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