Washington, DC—With the House Committee on Education and Labor holding a hearing on the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) again reiterated its support for a nutrition policy based on sound science and the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines.
“Extensive research confirms that children and adults alike benefit from having access to a variety of nutritious foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, lean meat, and milk and milk products,” said NCFC President & CEO Chuck Conner. “The goal of increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables under the Child Nutrition Act—supported by many in Congress, the Administration and the agricultural sector—is one that every American should support.”
“At the same time, however, the program must not pit one form of fruits and vegetables against the other,” Conner continued. “The science is clear on this issue—there is no nutritional difference between fresh, canned, dried or frozen fruits and vegetables, and thus no special preference should be given to any specific form in federal food assistance programs.”
Many farmer co-ops participate in federal nutrition programs, providing an array of dairy products, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other foods that help meet the nutritional needs of millions of Americans.
Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 3,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.
America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.