This week on Straight, No Chaser, Katy Keiffer chats with Mark Dunlea about everything current in US Food Policy. Mark is Executive Director of Hunger Action Network of NYS, for which he has worked for 26 years. For the last 11 years he has helped coordinate the Faith and Hunger Network with Bread for the World. He is a co-convener of the NYC Food and Farm Bill group. Tune in to learn more about the Farm Bill and why it is not necessarily helping family farms as advertised. This program was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.
"[They] promote things like corn, which gets turned into corn syrup, and soy, that gets turned into fat, rather than provide incentives for fresh foods and vegetables."
"If farmers don't exist in America, then food prices will be through the roof. We need to create a sustainable food system that provides both an adequate wage to the farmer while providing us healthy food at a reasonable price."
"If one looks at almost any community and sees how much money is being spent on food in that community, it's often the single largest part of the economy. Everybody, rich or poor, has to eat three times a day."
"Most farmers in America get almost nothing out of the Farm Bill."
"The problem isn't what people buy with food stamps, the problem is with what American people buy overall."
--Mark Dunlea, Executive Director of Hunger Action Network