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U.S. Food Aid Reform Would Allow More Lives To Be Saved At No Additional Cost

The Hill: Farm to table on a global scale
Emily Luchetti, pastry chef and chair of the Board of Trustees of the James Beard Foundation

“…The U.S. is the most generous food aid donor in the world, and I am proud of the incredible life-saving impact of what our taxpayer dollars has achieved. … Today, red tape mandates that all food aid must be purchased from U.S. grain traders and be shipped on U.S.-flagged vessels, even if cheaper food is available closer to where it’s needed. This means that only a little more than half of the food aid spent ends up in the form of food. … Simple common sense reforms, like the ones proposed in a bipartisan bill recently introduced in the Senate by Sens. Corker (R-Tenn.) and Coons (D-Del.), can make the necessary reforms that would help save millions more lives with no additional costs to us taxpayers. This bill would start turning our food aid program into a global humanitarian version of farm to table. And that’s a good thing…” (4/14).

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