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Two obstacles for food reform

(article, Culinate staff)

A couple of recent food articles highlighted two of the major problems facing food reform: funding and politics, often together. 

The first, a Huffington Post op-ed by the Rev. Douglas A. Greenaway (Twilight Greenaway's uncle, in fact), reminded readers that the current Congress would like to gut WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. As Greenaway, the president and CEO of the National WIC Association, pointed out, 

bq. A serious attempt to grapple with deficit reduction begins with sound investments in the health and well-being of our nation's families and communities, not with slashing vital food and nutrition programs, like WIC, that contribute to long-term health savings, workforce productivity, the nation's competitiveness in a global economy, and national security. 

The second article, by Grist's Tom Laskawy, detailed how the USDA has backed away from its own proposed meatpacking reforms:

bq. The USDA itself eviscerated its proposed reform to a set of rules which would have given a government division with a wonky name — the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) — authority to crack down on the way large corporate meatpackers wield power over small and mid-sized ranchers.

Big Ag wins the day again — at least for now.