Meat the Need

The most disgusting thing I’ve seen in ages: a U.S. agriculture group is pushing for expanding the food stamp program with vouchers that can only be used to purchase meat and dairy products. Martha Rosenberg at AlterNet provides a great response:

Is it really conscionable to dump products that the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and almost every other health group say to limit on poorer people because no one else will eat them? To boost the economy? Because they have less choice? Especially when the products include processed meat, known for its carcinogenic potential?

Aren’t people with lower incomes who receive food aid disproportionately plagued with diabetes, obesity, heart disease, metabolic disorders, high blood pressure, gallstones, fatty liver and obesity-related cancers already?

Any earmarking of food stamp dollars shouldn’t go to animal products, it should go to the most healthful foods available: fruits, veggies, whole grains, and beans. (Thanks, Ellen.) Link.