PAUL BUCHHEIT FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
Of all the miseries placed on human beings in their everyday lives, the lack of food may be the most inexcusable. Even in a world controlled by unbending attitudes of self-reliance and individual responsibility, the reality of children and seniors and disabled citizens without food is a stain on humanity, a shameful testament to the capitalist goal of profit without conscience.
The facts presented here all touch on the lives of human beings, in the U.S. and beyond, who lack food or the means to pay for it.
1. Congress wants to cut a food program for which almost half the recipients are children
According to the Department of Agriculture, 48% of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in 2011 were children. Either unaware or indifferent to this, Congress is considering a new farm bill that would cut food assistance by $2 billion a year while boosting the farm subsidies of big agriculture.