13 Apr '11, 2am

Hungry kids and the environment hit hard by USDA budget cuts

Hungry kids and the environment hit hard by USDA budget cuts

Hungry kids may be getting less cheddar. The House Appropriations Committee has released a detailed list of budget cuts as part of the deal to avoid a government shutdown, and it looks like agriculture and food programs are getting hit pretty hard. The USDA budget will be cut by $2.6 billion , down from the $108 billion the department had been expected to spend this year. One of the largest cuts comes from nutrition and food programs -- in particular WIC, the program for low-income women and children -- since, as we know, rising food prices and a struggling economy mean that hunger is a thing of the past. And a good thing too, because Republicans have seen fit to cut nutrition programs by $500 million from 2010 levels (and $855 million less than what Obama wanted for 2011). And as sustainable agriculture groups had feared , USDA conservation programs crucial to protecting ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-04-12-hungry-kids-and-the-...

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2011 Budget Cuts & the Environment

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