Who is the real beneficiary of US food aid—those suffering from chronic hunger worldwide, or American agricultural corporations? For too long, the US has been buying millions of tons of grain from US-based agribusinesses and dumping it overseas. The US needs to help countries move toward true food security, by passing a reformed Farm Bill that will put funding where it is most needed—in the hands of the vulnerable, and away from US agricorps.
In an unprecedented move, Congress let the current Farm Bill expire in September. While the Senate has passed a reformed bill, the House of Representatives has refused to schedule a vote on the new legislation. Sign this petition by the American Jewish World Service and call on Congress to pass a reformed Farm Bill, which would donate money and locally-purchased grain, rather than shipping US-bought crops.
Who’s responsible for this inaction on global hunger? It may be the agricultural lobbyists profiting from the current system. Read this investigation by The Guardian and find out who’s on the receiving end of the $1 billion the US spends annually on food aid.
The 2008 documentary What Are We Doing Here? takes a hard look at the impact of US aid across Africa, documenting the way American grain suppresses prices for local farmers. Watch an excerpt and an interview with the filmmakers from CNN:
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