The House narrowly passed a bill Thursday that, if turned into law, would cut $39 billion from SNAP benefits over ten years.
The farm bill passed the Senate Monday with cuts to SNAP and direct payments to farmers. The bill did include subsidies for peanut and rice farmers.
About 47 million Americans are enrolled in SNAP. Most of the money is spent at grocery stores, but an increasing amount is finding its way to local markets.
Sending food aid to developing countries has fed hungry people while building a new market for American products. Sending cash is cheaper.
Sending corn and soybeans abroad is just part of the equation when it comes to figuring out how we’ll feed the projected 9 billion people on Earth by 2050.