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Consider This: (The SNAP/"Food Stamp" Program)

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 It seems you can't log on to a news or social networking site these days without seeing a post about obesity, the healthcare crisis, welfare spending or complaints about schools' food restrictions (as they relate to obesity).

If the food stamp program operates through the Department of Agriculture, why aren't we giving food stamp recipients farm foods? Cartons of eggs, baskets of fruits and vegetables, fresh cuts of meat, blocks of cheese, gallons of milk, beans and nuts, jars of honey, etc? I realize some states have programs that allow food stamp recipients to use local farmers markets, but I think it would help the American people---the food stamp recipient, the taxpayer and the American farmer---much more if food stamps became food stamps again, something people use to buy healthy, American farm-raised food.

I don't think people would complain about food stamps if they could see the program's benefits. Instead, we're reminded that over 40 million Americans use food stamps while our farms are dwindling and obesity rates are rising, and meanwhile many food stamp recipients load up their carts with processed junk. When people are made to use their own money to buy junk food, they buy less of it. Nobody wll be telling people what they can and cannot eat, only that a program funded by the American taxpayer should be one that benefits all of American society. With the money a person earns, said person should be able to spend at his or her discretion.

Thoughts?


"Roger that. Over."

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by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM
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Firenygirl180
by Bronze Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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If food stamps were like WIC then there wouldn't be any issues with it, other than people who use their food stamps for junk complaining that they had to buy healthier foods with it.

illegallyblonde
by Lawyerupbeeches on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM
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Fortunately our local farmers market accepts food stamps. Further, if you shop at FM you actually get double value. A recipient of food stamps really has it made if they shop at FM. Many of our health food stores allow the card too. I would be interesting to see figures of how many people utilize the FM benefits. And I wonder if you could join a CSA with food stamps.
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krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Another thing to consider: sugar has a lobby in DC, a big, big, big lobby. Broccoli doesn't.

krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM


Quoting illegallyblonde:

Fortunately our local farmers market accepts food stamps. Further, if you shop at FM you actually get double value. A recipient of food stamps really has it made if they shop at FM. Many of our health food stores allow the card too. I would be interesting to see figures of how many people utilize the FM benefits. And I wonder if you could join a CSA with food stamps.


Here's a nifty story about a CSA accepting SNAP.

http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/20080317/nf1

radioheid
by Libertarian on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM
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 And yet you can't explain *why* its "BS".

Don't worry, I know why you and others think its BS. You think its BS because people wouldn't be able to waste taxpayer money on garbage with no nutritional value anymore. It would mean people would have to use their own money to buy Cheetos and Debbie cakes. lol There is no other argument against reforming and *improving* the food stamp program to aid the economy and improve nutrition.

Quoting ReginaStar:


Quoting radioheid:

 Why not? Why wouldn't the government want to ensure that the program is being used for its intended purpose, which is to ensure adequate nutrition for the poor? This would have the added benefit of not only feeding the poor nutritious food, but helping the American farmer. I see it as win-win.

Quoting ReginaStar:

I don't think Foods stamps recipients food should be controlled but I do think they should have the option of buying from farmers. 

 

Is your question is to why I don't think the recipients should be forced to buy certain products? B/c I think that is BS that is why. Different people have different diets and taste and should be able to choose what they want to eat even if it's food provided for by the government. Forcing certain foods only leads to a major waste in food. You also have to consider produce has a very short life span and people on assistance are the least likely to be able to get to the store often. 

 


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radioheid
by Libertarian on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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 lol

Poor broccoli...and yet it is SOOO good drizzled with melted cheddar cheese...

Quoting krysstizzle:

Another thing to consider: sugar has a lobby in DC, a big, big, big lobby. Broccoli doesn't.

 


"Roger that. Over."

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KYLIEAARONMOMMY
by Member on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM
I agree. A plan like op idea would not work, and cause even more problems than it helps.

Quoting ReginaStar:

I don't think Foods stamps recipients food should be controlled but I do think they should have the option of buying from farmers. 

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krysstizzle
by DeepThought on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I like to imagine what it would be like if different vegetables had their own lobbyists in washington. The artichoke lobby, nobody would understand them. Everyone would hate the brussel sprout lobby (except me ;)... 


Quoting radioheid:

 lol

Poor broccoli...and yet it is SOOO good drizzled with melted cheddar cheese...

Quoting krysstizzle:

Another thing to consider: sugar has a lobby in DC, a big, big, big lobby. Broccoli doesn't.

 


Sisteract
by Whoopie on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

What about the poorer areas where food deserts already exist? How would these folks get the local fruits and veggies? A form of CSA for those in need?

Many do not have the transportation needed to access either large stores or FMs- they eat the products that they can buy at 7-11.

radioheid
by Libertarian on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:58 AM

 What "problems" would it cause?

Quoting KYLIEAARONMOMMY:

I agree. A plan like op idea would not work, and cause even more problems than it helps.

Quoting ReginaStar:

I don't think Foods stamps recipients food should be controlled but I do think they should have the option of buying from farmers. 

 


"Roger that. Over."

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