OCTOBER 24, 2005
- FFVA URGES INCREASED GOVERNMENT PRODUCE
- Florida producers would benefit from increases
in government fruit and vegetable purchases to help Americans
meet the latest dietary guidelines. That was the message from
FFVA at a USDA farm bill forum in Miami last Wednesday (Oct.
19). The forum, which focused on USDA's nutrition programs,
was part of several being conducted across the country in advance
of drafting the 2007 farm bill.
- "Increases in fruit and vegetable purchases,
for schools or other feeding programs, would help
- American consumers, especially kids, live healthier
lives and, at the same time, help Florida producers," said
Ray Gilmer, FFVA's public affairs director.
- USDA Under Secretary Eric Bost, who presided
over the forum, said his office would be collecting public comments
through the fall and would post comments on the USDA website
by the end of the year.
- The nutrition title of the farm bill contains
provisions for a variety of government-funded feeding and purchase
programs, including food stamps and school lunches. FFVA, working
with the Produce for Better Health Foundation, advocates adoption
of policies that increase government purchases of fruits and
vegetables and allow greater purchases of produce by food stamp
- For more information, contact Ray Gilmer at
FFVA, 321-214-5200, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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