It sounds like an idea that few could oppose. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton, is advocating a change to America’s international food aid program that he says would allow the U.S. to feed more people, faster and at a lower cost.
“It’s a reasonable reform that we believe will save millions of lives,” Royce told the Register this week.
But farmers and port workers whose livelihoods are tied to the program object, saying the proposed reform would cost American jobs.
The U.S. government buys commodities such as wheat or other grains from domestic farmers and ships it overseas to troubled countries, such as Ethiopia, South Sudan and Mali. The entire process, beginning with the call for procurement and ending with distribution in the target country, takes four to six months, said Eric Munoz a senior policy analyst at Oxfam America, which supports Royce’s effort.
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Source: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce