Attention Taxpayers: Waste and Subsidies Cost $500M in Foreign Food Assistance
A report issued Thursday charges that $500 million of American food assistance--a large part of American foreign policy--is wasted annually due to red tape and American agribusiness profit. According to Oxfam America and the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an additional 17 million hungry people could have been fed by U.S. food assistance programs in 2010, alone. This is food waste that would have been offered at no extra cost to taxpayers who front the cost of foreign aid. With 30 to 40 percent of food in America already wasted, this is a ridiculous practice that has got to stop. Unfortunately too many special interests from big agriculture to shipping companies have a stake in this wasteful game. Read the full article on Inhabitat. Photo courtesy Wikipedia.