Friday, November 8, 2013

Food Stamps, Corporate Welfare, Hogs At The Trough

5 Surprising Things You Can Buy With Food Stamps | " . . . Here are just a few of the items one can buy:
Red Bull
Sugary Soda
Mixes for alcoholic beverages . . .
Of course, big agribusiness is complicit in the structure of the food stamp program. Simon gives the example of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to bar food-stamp recipients from buying sugary soft drinks with SNAP dollars. Big companies like Pepsi and Coca-Cola fought back against the measure . . . Hunger advocates have pushed back against food-stamp restrictions. But as Simon points out, Walmart and other corporate beneficiaries of SNAP spend millions of dollars each year funding anti-poverty groups. This is laudable, but it is also perhaps a way to fund advocacy initiatives that dovetail with these corporations profit motive as well." (Read more at links above)


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