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Outsourcing control over food aid is not the answer

Farah Stockman’s column (“Food aid fattens up lobbyists,” Op-ed, Dec. 11) is woefully misguided. America’s food aid programs are cost-effective and reliable, spreading democracy, protecting American security interests, helping farmers, and feeding the hungry. Thanks to cargo preference laws and the Food for Peace program, the US Merchant Marine has delivered aid to more than 3 billion people in 150 countries.

Eliminating cargo preference would kill the jobs of US merchant mariners who support our troops in wartime, since the same mariners who transport food assistance also delivered more than 90 percent of defense cargo to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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