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Market Incentives could Promote Better Nutrition among Food Stamp Recipients

Programs don’t promote healthy diets, says Food and Society Policy Fellow

At a time when obesity, diabetes and other diet-related diseases are epidemic, the U.S. government should retool subsidy programs to encourage healthy diets, says policy expert and Food and Society Policy Fellow Josh Miner in the January-March 2006 issue of the University of California’s California Agriculture research journal. In a peer-reviewed research perspective, Miner proposes policy changes for two agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture — the Food Stamp Program and the Farm Services Agency. The former provides money for food without promoting healthy diets, Miner says, while the latter promotes unhealthy diets without reducing the cost of food.

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