Our dysfunctional Congress continues to dither over the farm bill. Will the House send its SNAP-less, corporate-welfare bill to the Senate? Will it do terrible things to SNAP first? Or will it do nothing?
While waiting to find out, I want to mention a speech given by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Rural Assembly. From the beginning, Secretary Vilsack said that his agenda for USDA was to revitalize rural America—a laudable goal.
Here he is last month calling for outrage over congressional failure to pass legislation in support of this goal.
What do we see from rural advocates? Utter disappointment. Are you kidding me? There ought to be outrage… “It is going to be important for groups like this to express more than extreme disappointment,.. Demand that they pass legislation that is supportive and not destructive. Demand appreciation for those in rural America.
How about that. A call to action from the USDA!
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”