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The traditional method of feeding the world’s hungry with American crops seems to be falling into disfavor. An article in The Times this week by Celia Dugger disclosed that CARE, the big global charity, had decided to stop selling subsidized American farm products in poor African countries because the program was inefficient and undercut local farmers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/18/opinion/18sat3.html?th&emc=th
 

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GOOD! Maybe the farmers in those countries trying to make it will have a better chance now.
 

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Teach them to fish(farm), feed them for life. Give them a fish(grain) feed them for a day....
 

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Good Lord...... Is somebody in govt circles displaying a little common sense?
 

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Right Toad.. and the cost of moving agricultural products is starting to impact on the overall cost of the project. If you're in the middle of a drought that has been ongoing for a decade a decision to stop importing "cheap" American agricultural products is not going to suddenly change the weather.
 

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CARE’s decision involves a program under which the federal government buys crops from American farmers, ships them abroad and gives them to charitable agencies. The charities then sell the crops locally and use the proceeds to finance their antipoverty programs.

Worth about $180 million a year, the program acts as a fund-raising device for nonprofits abroad. For that reason, many relief groups are unwilling to give it up and some are pushing for an increase in the new farm bill, which the Senate expects to take up next month. Others, including Catholic Relief Services and Save the Children, agree with CARE that the system is inefficient and has other problems — but say they will not stop converting food into money unless Congress replaces the lost revenues with cash.
This whole program stinks to high heaven!

It's not about feeding people at all, IMO -- it's about channeling money to farmers and relief organizations!
 
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