Category Archives: Food

New Article: “Why Poverty May Be More Relevant Than Race For Childhood Obesity”

New Article: “Why Poverty May Be More Relevant Than Race For Childhood Obesity” – NPR

New Article: “Rethinking The Sales Tax Food Exclusion With SNAP Benefits”

New Article: Anna Johnson & Steven M. Sheffrin, Rethinking The Sales Tax Food Exclusion With SNAP Benefits, 79 State Tax Notes 149 (Jan. 11, 2016).  Abstract below:

Most states either totally or partially exclude food at home from the general sales tax. This exclusion generates a debate between tax policy analysts with their emphasis on broad base, low-rate tax systems against the advocates for the poor who argue that the exemption for food is necessary on distributional grounds. States that do tax food at home are often singled out as having particularly regressive and punitive tax systems. What is missing from this debate is a serious discussion of the consequences of non-taxability of benefits under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (food stamps). We present evidence that the SNAP program effectively reaches the vast majority of the poor thus making the taxability of food at home much less important for individuals in lower income tiers.

-Thanks to http://taxprof.typepad.com/ for the heads up!

Op-Ed: “Block Granting SNAP (food stamps) Would Break A Crucial Anti-Poverty Program”

Op-Ed: Jared Bernstein, “Block Granting SNAP (food stamps) would break a crucial anti-poverty program,” The Washington Post.

News Coverage: “Jeb Bush wants to end food stamps.”

News Coverage: Jeb Bush wants to end food stamps.

New Article: “The 2014 Farm Bill: Farm Subsidies and Food Oppression”

New Article: Andrea Freeman, The 2014 Farm Bill: Farm Subsidies and Food Oppression, 38 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1271 (2015).  Abstract below:

The 2014 Farm Bill left intact the allocation of agricultural subsidies established by the Bill’s first incarnation in 1933. This stasis is surprising in light of evolving medical insights into nutrition and shifting national health priorities, indicating that health and nutrition are not driving the Farm Bill. Instead, it appears that large agribusiness has succeeded in capturing the majority of resources allocated to farm support. Although farm subsidies comprise only 14% of the Farm Bill, they are highly controversial because, not only do they determine which agricultural industries are likely to thrive and survive, they guide the nation’s consumption patterns. The health of farmers and individuals are therefore both at stake in each Farm Bill. Further, agribusinesses’ influence over the Farm Bill appears not only to contribute to poor health outcomes in the United States generally, but also to cause disproportionate harm to individuals marginalized by race and class. To deconstruct the racial and socioeconomic harms of subsidized commodities, it is useful to analyze farm subsidies using the lens of food oppression theory. Food oppression theory examines how facially neutral food policy and law can physically debilitate members of marginalized and subordinated groups, creating and perpetuating racial and socioeconomic health disparities. It considers how corporate influence can lead to policy that prioritizes industry over health. Additionally, it explores how racial stereotypes and myths about personal responsibility create apathy toward health disparities, making them appear natural and irremediable, rather than products of structural inequalities that law and policy have created and thus have the potential to dismantle. Employing a food oppression lens, this paper assesses whether new aspects of the 2014 Farm Bill serve to improve health outcomes, both generally and across racial and socioeconomic lines, and offers brief proposals that would represent progress toward mitigating or eliminating both the general and disparate harms of subsidized commodities.

News Coverage of a new Report: America’s best program for the poor may be even better than we thought – Vox

America’s best program for the poor may be even better than we thought – Vox. [About EITC and with links to a new report on EITC’s effectiveness].

New Article: “”Free the Land”: A Call for Local Governments to Address Climate-Induced Food Insecurity in Environmental Justice Communities”

CornNew Article: Liza Guerra Garcia, “Free the Land”: A Call for Local Governments to Address Climate-Induced Food Insecurity in Environmental Justice Communities, 41 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 572 (2015).

New Report: “Assessing the Merits of Photo EBT Cards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program”

New Report: Gregory B. Mills & Christopher Lowenstein, Assessing the Merits of Photo EBT Cards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Urban Inst. 2015).  Related NY Times story here.

Op-Ed: “The double-standard of making the poor prove they’re worthy of government benefits” – The Washington Post

Op-Ed: The double-standard of making the poor prove they’re worthy of government benefits – The Washington Post.

News Story: $200 Million to Help Food Stamp Recipients Find Jobs – NYTimes.com

$200 Million to Help Food Stamp Recipients Find Jobs – NYTimes.com.