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January 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Farm bill: Cut subsidies to Big Agriculture

I’m glad that Congress has made some headway and compromised for the farm bill [“Q&A: What’s in the trillion-dollar farm bill?” Politics, Jan. 28].

What wasn’t mentioned is that at least 50 billionaires, or businesses in which they had a financial stake, collected farm subsidy direct payments from 1995 to 2012, according to the Environmental Working Group. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture states that 10 percent of the wealthiest farms collected 67 percent of all subsidies during that time.

I was happy to see your article “The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans” address the very real need regarding hunger in America. 20 percent of our children are growing up in poverty.

We can be hardhearted and just consider the cost: the consulting firm Moody’s Analytics suggest that each dollar spent on food stamps in our depressed economy raises G. D. P by about $1.70.

We need to cut welfare to agri-corporations and support SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Donna Schindler Munro, Bremerton

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