Should women on WIC (the gov’t program) be allowed healthier options, including organic food?
There is currently a petition to allow this here.
This is the statement erewhon made “The current WIC program is one of the most cost-effective government programs. A study of birth outcomes showed benefit-to-cost ratios ranging from $1.77 to $3.13 in Medicaid costs saved for each $1 spent on WIC. Yet the program leaves much to be desired. Severe restrictions are placed on what kind of food can be bough with WIC. Organic foods are completely excluded and the choices for vegans and vegetarians are slim. This program serves a very vulnerable portion of our population – pregnant and breastfeeding women, their infants and young children. Shouldn’t we offer them the best, most nutritious foods available? Foods that are grown and processed without the use of pesticides and herbicides should be included if we want the best outcomes for our kids.”
Interested to see opinions on this touchy subject.