If you have not read the Washington Post article on future Agriculture policy in the U.S. — you must drop what you are doing and read it now.
You may react the same way I did – it’s about time and “duh”. Bottom line message: there’s a promise of putting nutrition at the center of food assistance programs – and MAYBE even bringing back nutrition education into the schools.
Tom Vilsack, Obama’s selection for agriculture secretary said he would put “nutrition at the center of all food assistance programs,” a signal that he will get involved next year when Congress moves to reauthorize nutrition programs that support school breakfasts and lunches as well as summer food for children.
I’ve written on this blog before about the hunger/obesity paradox. FRAC has research on this issue too. Feeding low income people in the U.S. should be about nourishing them not just giving them calories. There are ways to nourish people healthfully and economically. Education is the key too “teach a man to fish”, right? With innovative programs like Operation Frontline out there helping to educate and nourish hungry Americans, we can empower people to improve their health. Government programs should strengthen and facilitate local and national humanitarian initiatives and hopefully that’s what USDA will do going forward.
What do you think?