U.S. Food Aid: We Pay for Shipping

Critics say the No. 1 aid donor is wasting money by insisting on sending farm products, not cash. And that will only worsen food shortages
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In the midst of a worldwide hunger crisis, Congress signed on to a food aid program last month that sends hefty paychecks to agribusinesses and shipping companies, but an ever-shrinking supply of food to hungry people. Critics of the farm bill passed into law by Congress over President Bush's veto on June 18 say the inefficiencies in U.S. food aid will only exacerbate food shortages.

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