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World Food Day

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

* Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of World Food Day, and recognize the vital impact of the food industry in the United States on the health and economic wellbeing of America's families.

* From farm to fork, the food industry in the U.S. employs more than 15 million Americans.

* The food industry is responsible for 1.4 million manufacturing jobs alone in the U.S.

* With more than 6 billion people living around the world, the production of U.S. agriculture and food industries is critical to preventing hunger--both domestically and globally.

* Through its support of federal nutrition programs like SNAP, school lunch, and TEFAP, the food industry serves as a responsible partner with government in helping to feed over 37 million Americans struggling with food security.

* And with the changes of the past decade, consumers are seeing healthier food options at stores with clear labeling that provides families information to make the choices that are right for them.

* On World Food Day, we should all be thankful to live in a nation with a safe, affordable, and reliable food supply.

* I urge my colleagues to recognize those in the agricultural and food industry sectors who work to ensure the health and wellbeing of so many Americans.

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