If milk were $6 a gallon, would you be able to afford to buy it for your family? Because that's a realistic possibility if Congress doesn't come to an agreement on the fiscal cliff negotiations and also resolve a farm bill issue that would ... let's just say it could put the prices of milk and cheese out of reach for many Americans, doubling the price of a gallon of milk.
It's some wonky political wrangling that could have a real impact on the health of our kids and families if our elected leaders don't step up and act. Why might milk become more expensive? Because they're arguing about food stamps.
Conservatives want to make deep cuts in the food stamp program, because, unlike Newark Mayor Cory Booker, they have no idea what it's like to be a hungry kid whose family depends on those food stamps to live. The milk legislation is tied up in the same bill.
That cutting food stamps is even an idea on the table makes me angry. And that a basic dietary staple for many kids could also be made unaffordable for many families because of politics is disgusting. Arguing over these things hurts children, plain and simple, and it's just plain wrong.
So many of America's kids suffer from food insecurity and hunger, and we need to be doing everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen. Hungry kids can't learn. Can't grow up feeling safe and secure. And they face a much harder road than kids who've never had that stress in their lives. Making sure milk is affordable isn't just an issue of charity or infringing on markets, it's the right thing to do so the next generation of Americans grows up strong and capable.
Let's hope our legislators get their acts together, negotiate their way off the fiscal cliff, and resolve the farm bill issues so that we don't make milk a luxury item.
Would the price of milk rising to $6 a gallon affect how much your family buys?
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