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Do as Simon says: Food stamp data should be open for review

06/14/2012 01:59:00 PM
Tom Karst

Simon is a pit bull when it comes to the food lobby. The rhetoric against the food industry and retailers is a little too pitched for my tastes, and also this writer for Slate.  Does Simon think all food stamp redemptions can be made at farmers markets? Even so, I can't say that disagree with any of the report's recommendations.

We should know more about how taxpayer funds are redeemed for food stamp benefits. States should have the flexibility of creating pilot programs to impose restrictions on junk food. Anti-hunger groups should disclose conflict of interest when they testify about SNAP policy.

For more accountable government, we should do as Simon says.

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Greg Johnson    
Lenexa, Kan.  |  June, 18, 2012 at 02:58 PM

Simon should read Pamela R's column this week that shows American consumers purchase fresh produce at grocery stores far more often than farmers markets.

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