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Should the US keep the US food sourcing requirements on in-kind food aid
the US should keep the US food sourcing requirements on in-kind food aid
It gives the US greater control over what is sent. If they loosen the regulation it creates a greater chance that aid can be tampered with and the US blamed for it. Regardless of guidelines set, standards slip when the one doing the work doesn't have their name on the product.
It supports the US maritime industry because 50% of aid shipped from the US must go on a ship owned and crewed by US mariners.
It supports US farmers because the US is buying food to send from them.
It raises costs, meaning less aid can be sent.
It causes delays because food must be shipped across an ocean to get to most recipients.
It hurts the agricultural infrastructure in the countries the US sends aid to by competing with local farmers.
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