Wednesday, July 31, 2013
When President Kennedy came into office in 1961, the urbanized North was going bananas, economically wise. Suburbs with their cookie cutter houses, factories, cars and highways as far as the eye can see. But that wasn't the case in the South. To many, it was the land that time forgot and Michael Harrington's book "The Other America" brought it to national attention. President Kennedy, and later President Johnson, made poverty alleviation part of their policy agendas including such things as food stamps. From the very beginning, people have been fighting about what the poor should be able to buy with their stamps and there have been constant attempts to encourage the buying of fresh produce and healthful foods. That, in return, would give regional farmers a new market to tap. To this day, $1 from SNAP ends up bringing $1.73 into the economy. You see what they did there?
the 1977 Farm Bill. It's not a true law, the program to this day has to pass through Congress as an act/bill.
Now what I personally find hilarious is that food stamps are labeled urban, while farming is labeled rural. Anyone else heard about urban farming lately? How successful farms are located close to urban centers? Or had anyone bothered to look at this NY Times infographic from 2009? Food stamps actually don't primarily go to the urban poor. Put this in your pipe and smoke it, Frank Lucas of Oklahoma.