WASHINGTON — Healthy eating advocates and anti-hunger groups are mounting vigorous campaigns to maintain food stamp benefits and programs to increase access to fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods in the farm bill, but they differ on whether quality of foods or benefit levels should be the highest priority.
WASHINGTON — The nation’s nutrition programs now feed one in four Americans, but they need to eat more nutritious food, Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon said May 10 while a foundation suggested that the food stamp program should be changed to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables.
WASHINGTON — A report on fighting childhood obesity released by the White House May 12 could lead to government policies that would encourage a massive shift in acreage toward fruit and vegetable production and perhaps changes to the farm program that would encourage fruit and vegetable consumption and provide less support for traditional field crops such as corn and wheat.
Whether you grow your own produce or buy it at a farmers market or grocery store, fruits and vegetables are a colorful and healthful part of our diets. Now is a great time to brighten your plate with some of the fresh produce that’s coming into season.
Luella Morehouse, NDSU Extension Service
September 23, 2009
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