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August 16, 2011

Howard Buffet mischaracterizes our position on food aid: USA Maritime

While we share Mr. Buffett's goal of feeding the world's hungry, his post completely mischaract
­erizes the Coalition'­s position. For the benefit of his readers, we offer the full statement that was provided to Bloomberg for its July 28 story, and we ask that Mr. Buffett retract his false characteri­zations of our organizati­on:

“The United States’ in-kind internatio­nal food aid programs are a proven and effective approach to getting food to the world’s hungry, sustaining long-term developmen­t programs, and helping to drive the American economy here at home.

“The Food for Peace program has achieved what few programs can: it has provided food aid to 3 billion people globally and is now the fastest provider of food assistance according to USAID, secures jobs for 44,000 Americans annually, and supports a national defense sealift infrastruc­ture that saves our country’s military more than $65 billion in capital and infrastruc­ture costs.

“As food prices continue to rise and a growing number of countries work to overcome hunger and regional instabilit­y, we welcome opportunit­ies to work together on improvemen­ts to these essential programs.”

The Coalition has long been a supporter of continued food aid funding, which has seen continual and disproport­ionate funding cuts since 2008. More informatio­n about the Coalition'­s position on food aid funding can be found at http://www­.usamariti­me.org/fun­ding.php


...from comments section of Howard Buffet's Huffington Post article

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