Sunday, April 22, 2007

Bush does something good!

Ok, I'm not the biggest fan of food aid overall, but I really dislike the way that the US has been doing it.  So, reading this article made me very happy.

Celia Dugger from the NY Times does a decent job reporting on Bush's food aid proposal, which will allow food for food aid purposes to be purchased locally.  The article doesn't make it clear how the purchases will be done, and it won't be more than 25% of the total US food aid, but it is a good start.

I have to admit that it turns my stomach to think that I support something that Bush did, but whatever.

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1 comment:

Grandpa said...

We must keep in mind that the US food aid program was started as a way to dump excess stocks on the world market.

It seems that rather than buy food in either our domestic market or in the markets where food is scarce it would better to help farmers increase production in the target country. This would be more sustainable.

Of course emergency food aid is often required but care must be taken to avoid dependence.