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    Default The double standard

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    The problem is not something that is new, since it has been a issue that have needed and gotten attention before.

    The idea that we give out the food we cant eat ourselves is decent and shows good humanitarinism. But what if the foods we give the hungry is not the right diet?

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    Why are developing world nations still dependent upon the developed world to feed themselves? Why dont they have their own domestic food security? Will "help them differrent/help them better" efforts ever change this?

    This video is in two parts, in the first you have rural communities in which the complaint is unemployment, in the second there is effectively criticism of government food production subsidy which if nothing else is providing employment, which would seem to be what would be desirous from the first portion of the film.

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    The WIC program is pretty good. I was on it when my kids were little. My only criticism of it (beyond difficulty of access for some families) is the same source of the problem with foreign aid.

    One of the things the program spends most of its money on is infant formula. When I was participating in the program as a breastfeeding mother, I learned that only a fraction of their budget was spent on encouraging and supporting breastfeeding. Considering the nutritional and economic advantages of breastfeeding this seems pretty insane. I hope it has changed, but I would be surprised if it had changed very much.

    The Ag Industry has a lot of power and for that reason poor babies in the US get expensive, nutritionally inferior cow or soy milk and children in the third world get nutritionally inferior corn and soy products (most of our pet food is better). I think it probably has a lot to do with the obesity epidemic among US poor. You can't find much of anything you didn't make from scratch that does not contain corn syrup -- foods that have no need to be sweet contain it.

    Seems like there ought to be a better way.
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    One of the problems with food aid to developing countries is that free food immediately kills the local market for food crops. A farmer can't sell his little bit of grain if the villagers can get it free in hundred-pound bags off the USAID truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    One of the problems with food aid to developing countries is that free food immediately kills the local market for food crops. A farmer can't sell his little bit of grain if the villagers can get it free in hundred-pound bags off the USAID truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    One of the things the program spends most of its money on is infant formula. When I was participating in the program as a breastfeeding mother, I learned that only a fraction of their budget was spent on encouraging and supporting breastfeeding. Considering the nutritional and economic advantages of breastfeeding this seems pretty insane. I hope it has changed, but I would be surprised if it had changed very much.

    Seems like there ought to be a better way.
    Nope--it's still the same. I went a couple of years ago after I had my last one and they spent about 5 minutes on breastfeeding. They didn't even have an LC available. They were shocked to pieces when I said that I was BF and repeatedly said, "You sure you don't want vouchers for formula?" I ended up not even using the vouchers b/c they didn't have any kind of program in place for people with celiac disease.

    How much 'aid' is motivated by actually wanting to help people versus profit to be made by 'helping'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbone View Post
    How much 'aid' is motivated by actually wanting to help people versus profit to be made by 'helping'?

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