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The Physicians Committee

government and food policy

New Tufts Study Underscores Need for Congress to Adopt ‘Healthy Staples’ Food Stamps Plan

WASHINGTON—The Physicians Committee says that a new Tufts University study, which finds that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants eat fewer fruits and vegetables and more processed meat than those not receiving SNAP assistance, underscores the need for Congress to amend the farm bill to include the group’s Healthy Staples SNAP plan.

American Medical Association Calls on Federal Food Policy to Address Racial Disparities

A statement from Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., president of the Physicians Committee: 

I want to salute the American Medical Association (AMA) for addressing racial disparities in heart disease, prostate cancer, and colon cancer. In each of these, deaths among African Americans are much higher than for whites.

Rep. Tom McClintock’s Farm Bill Amendment Would Make SNAP Healthier

WASHINGTON—The Physicians Committee—a nonprofit of 12,000 doctors—commends Congressman Tom McClintock of California for introducing an amendment to the House farm bill that would align the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program with the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC, which promotes food packages that include foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes that are deemed to provide good nutrition.

Budget Resolution Introduced by House Republican Study Committee Includes Physicians Committee Proposal for SNAP Reform

The Republican Study Committee, a group of more than 150 House Republicans, has introduced its budget resolution for fiscal year 2019, which includes a proposal that would require states to restrict Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program purchases to healthy foods.