US NFU says US bailout is a step towards a just and sustainable food system
March 11, 2021
The US House of Representatives voted in favor of the US bailout on March 10, sending it to the White House for signature by President Joe Biden.
The $ 1.9 trillion pandemic relief program includes benefits for the unemployed, stimulus payments of up to $ 1,400 per person and additional funding for nutrition programs, as well as support distribution of vaccines in rural communities, debt relief for socially disadvantaged farmers and resources to build resilience in the food system.
When the bill passed the US Senate over the weekend, the National Farmers Union (NFU) praised it, saying it “provides a lifeline” for struggling Americans and takes ” several steps towards more significant and lasting improvements “in the food system. After House approval today, the organization’s chairman, Rob Larew, reiterated his satisfaction with the legislation:
“In many ways, the US bailout is a positive development. In the immediate term, it provides crucial assistance to the unemployed and food insecure Americans and accelerates the administration of vaccines in rural communities. But the bill not only addresses our most pressing economic and medical concerns – it also seeks to change the agricultural sector for the better by correcting racial inequalities in federal farm programs and increasing the resilience of our chain. food supply. We are extremely encouraged by the inclusion of these provisions and look forward to Congress continuing with further structural reforms that will bring us even closer to the just and stable food system that we have envisioned for so long.
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