KQED’s Forum: Should Food Stamp Users be Blocked from Buying Junk Food?

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Potato chips. Photo: Getty Images

Potato chips. Photo: Getty Images

Listen to KQED’s Forum: Should Food Stamp Users be Blocked from Buying Junk Food?
Original Broadcast:
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 — 9:00 AM
:http://www.kqed.org/.stream/anon/radio/forum/2013/12/20131203aforum.mp3|titles=Should
The federal food stamp program, known as SNAP, supports one in seven Americans at a cost of around $80 billion each year. With almost 70 percent of adult Americans overweight, some nutrition advocates want to prohibit SNAP recipients from using food stamps to purchase junk food such as soda and chips. Opponents say that such restrictions would unfairly target the poor and limit their food options. KQED’s Forum discusses the issue.

    Host: Michael Krasny

    Guests:

  • Carolyn Lochhead, Washington correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Jessica Bartholow, legislative advocate at the Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Michele Simon, public health lawyer, president of the consulting firm Eat, Drink, Politics, and author of “Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back”
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I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED's online Food properties. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area; Jacques Pepin's websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED.org's Food portal. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX . You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.