Dennis Kucinich Obesity Bill Could Fund Child Hunger Initiative

by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Feb 24, 2010

Beets, Carrot and Tomatoes
photo by Dandelion Salad

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today offered the following statement on the address by U.S. Department of Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack about the Administration’s priorities for reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act. In his speech at the National Press Club yesterday, Secretary Vilsack said the administration will seek to end child hunger by 2015 and would ask Congress for $1 billion per year for 10 years to pay for the initiative.

“I strongly support the effort to end child hunger in America. It is a tragedy that any child goes hungry in the world’s wealthiest nation. Ending child hunger by 2015 is an ambitious yet obtainable goal. The cost to our nation, our health and our morality is far greater than the cost of feeding our young. Noble initiatives like this could be funded by HR 4310, which would revoke the tax breaks that companies receive for advertising and marketing junk food and fast food to children.

“HR 4310 would protect American children and ensure that they grow up in a healthier environment while allowing the revenue to be used for a number of healthy child initiatives like ending child hunger.

“According to the Institute of Medicine, in 2004 approximately $10 billion was spent on food advertising directed at children. Plainly stated, marketing to children works. If it didn’t work, they wouldn’t do it. A child’s developing brain is no match for a $10 billion industry that uses the best behavioral and developmental research to create emotional bonds to brands and taste preferences before a child’s ability to distinguish fact from opinion has developed.

“Based on this recent estimate, my bill has the potential to raise literally billions of dollars in revenue to help fund initiatives to promote healthy kids. I look forward to working with Secretary Vilsack and other leaders in Congress and the administration to promote a healthier environment for our children,” said Kucinich.


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3 thoughts on “Dennis Kucinich Obesity Bill Could Fund Child Hunger Initiative

  1. Pingback: Kucinich Bill Will be Crucial to First Lady’s Anti-Obesity Efforts « Dandelion Salad

  2. Kucinich is one of the very few congressmen who actually supports the people.I cannot however see the bill passing,corporations have worked to hard to buy the congressmen and senators that will serve them not the people

  3. Reinstituting welfare would help. Making sure that people were paid a decent wage would help. Single payer would help, as much of the income of the poor – that’s most of us now – is taken up with healthcare costs. Fighting Big Ag would help. Not tearing down abandoned houses, but rather fixing them so that poor folks – again, most of us now – can afford them without most of their budget going to housing would help (but it might bring housing prices down and we can’t have that, because then the rich folks would be losing money, which isn’t allowed)…

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