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WIC, USDA, Food Safety Funds Slashed In Proposed Bill

The poor, the elderly, women, infants, and children will bear the burden of budget cuts to federal food programs.

Elderly eating

Photo: sheilaz413 (Flickr)

Aimed at reducing the federal deficit, Bill H.R. 2112 takes away funding from federal food safety and food assistance programs.

Update: H.R. 2112 Sent To House For Vote

Food safety and food assistance will suffer if H.R. 2112 is approved by Congress. H.R 2112, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, cut funds from an array of food policy programs including the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service that checks foods for diseases like E. coli and Women, Infants, and Children, which provides nutrition to mothers and families.

The poor will be most affected by this bill, and as many as 130,000 seniors and 475,000 mothers-to-be, nursing mothers, and infants will not receive food from government services.

Sponsored by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), H.R. 2112 is geared towards reducing the national deficit. However, those concerned about food safety and about fighting hunger in America worry that the true cost of this bill comes at too high of a price.

Read More:

  • The Congressional War on Food Safety and Food Stamps (The Atlantic )
  • H.R. 2112: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill (GovTrack)
Julie Rooney

Julie Rooney is a vegetarian, musician, and artist who primarily works in video and new media. Currently she is the director of Low Road Gallery, a non-profit contemporary art gallery located in Greencastle, Indiana.

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