Farm bill can make it easier to get food where it's needed

  • Article by: Brian Atwood and Eric Schwartz
  • Updated: November 1, 2013 - 6:15 PM

Existing rules often stand in the way of efficient U.S. help to those overseas.

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supervon2Nov. 1, 13 6:51 PM

Same old story. Everything is free, free, free and the other guy will pay.

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jurburNov. 1, 13 7:42 PM

Lets make sure no one is hungry in America first before we worry about feeding the rest of the world.

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jd55604Nov. 1, 13 8:05 PM

Government should not be run as a charity.

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comment229Nov. 2, 13 4:38 AM

jurbu: you beat me to it.... this is an ironic, poorly timed article at best when all over the news last night was the cuts in the food stamp program in America. And bad mouth food stamps if you must, but the networks went out of their way to SHOW you the people that get them, who they are, and why they need them. I did not see one low life among the bunch, and yet, their food stamps were cut and again, the network news showed exactly how much food that would be. Then they talk about food shelves making up the difference. As I read the first two/three paragraphs, I waited and was hoping the "feed the world" would be followed by, "but feed Americans first." Congress, should be ashamed. Are food stamps abused? Probably, like everything else in America these days, but this wave of cuts hit the children and elderly particularly hard. I wonder if anyone in any political party wants to stand up in front of a camera today and tell us how proud they are.

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comment229Nov. 2, 13 4:39 AM

PS... take a look at what we just spend on the military in this country, and now we made cuts to the food stamp program with more to come. Is there ANY doubt in your mind, that we have our priorities totally screwed up in this country?

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dentesterNov. 2, 13 8:47 AM

comment229: National defense is a constitutional requirement of the federal government. Giving you free food isn't.

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julio57Nov. 2, 13 4:37 PM

Drawing comparisons, or even making connections, between the U.S.'s global food policy and our domestic food policy is not only flawed logic, it is lazy logic. The two are not related in anyway whatsoever. There are millions of people in the U.S. who are 'dependent' on food stamps. Food stamps allow them to afford a place to live, car to drive, etc. Food that we give to other countries PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM DYING. I would contest that it is FAR more noble, meaningful, and humanitarian to feed starving people in other countries then to offer food assistance to Americans in need. Food stamps, as helpful as they can be, are nothing more than an economic and political tool that is abused, in other ways, by just as many politicians as stamp recipients. We are the wealthiest, fattest, and most powerful country in the world. Like it or not, with that distinction comes moral responsibility. It is our moral responsibility to offer assistance when needed--famine, drought, tyrannical leaders starving people, etc. Just because we can't balance our own checkbook does not mean we let people die. If you were driving down the street and saw a person lying injured on the side of the road would you drive past because you can't afford to lose an hour of wages?

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jd55604Nov. 2, 13 5:49 PM

julio57: “It is our moral responsibility to offer assistance when needed--famine, drought, tyrannical leaders starving people, etc."........I feel absolutely no moral responsibility to the rest of the world. Since you obviously do then by all means please empty your bank account and stop advocating for the depletion of mine. The only moral obligation our federal government should have is in protecting our freedoms.

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julio57Nov. 2, 13 6:41 PM

jd66604: "I feel absolutely no moral responsibility to the rest of the world." You may not, but the country does. That is why we took have taken part in every war since WW1. You will say it was done for national defense issues, but to think that being the moral leaders of the world is not intertwined with our national defense in naive. Being THE global superpower and being the moral leader are one in the same. So I guess I, since you feel no moral responsibility to the rest of the world, that you don't believe the U.S. should have had any part in liberating concentration camps and try to feed and rehabilitate Holocaust survivors, and we should have let a couple more million Ethiopian children starve to death in the 80's, and we shouldn't care if other countries allow the attempted murder of a young girl because she spoke in favor of education for girls, and who cares about AIDS the epidemic in Africa? Apparently not you. It is true that we have plenty of our own issues at home to deal with, but to think that we can't do both is asinine, ignorant, and selfish.

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jd55604Nov. 2, 13 7:34 PM

julio57, I believe it is asinine, ignorant and selfish to steal money from people and shed other people's blood in order to assuage your guilt and placate your feelings of moral responsibility. Morality means different things to different people. I tire of people who claim to own the moral high ground and believe they should have the power to coerce others into spilling their blood and treasure for the sake of this monopoly on virtue. It seems bizarre to me how generous and altruistic some people truly believe they are when they advocate spending other peoples' money or sending someone else's child off to war. Where is the morality in that?

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