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USCCB, CRS hail provisions of new farm bill

Catholic World News - February 17, 2014

Catholics Confront Global Poverty, a joint initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services, has characterized portions of the $956-billion farm bill, which was recently signed into law by President Barack Obama, as a “major breakthrough.”

“Despite some of the problems with the new Farm Bill, there were some very important and positive changes made to international food aid programs,” Catholics Confront Global Poverty stated in a February 15 e-mail.

“They will become more efficient by reaching up to 800,000 more people who will be able to access nutritious, life-saving food with no funding increases,” the e-mail continued. “The bill also allows more use of locally purchased food to help communities during crises such as drought or natural disasters. This is major progress because such food purchases can stimulate local markets and promote development.”

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