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Food funding gets axed

(article, Culinate staff)

What with the latest massive E. coli outbreak still killing people in Europe, not to mention the planet's ever-increasing food prices, the latest budget cuts in Congress are a disappointment. 

Funds for food stamps, impoverished American women and children, and starving folks overseas were reduced in the face of increasing demand for them. Funds necessary to implement recently passed food-safety laws were denied; the FDA and the USDA both had their budgets slashed, hindering their already weak ability to conduct food-safety inspections.

On the other hand, the corn-based ethanol biofuel industry, long supported by the feds, was essentially hung out to dry. We need biofuels, yes, but we also need to grow crops for food.