Jonathan Zasloff Agrees With Food Aid Reform

Former Skadden Fellow Jonathan Zasloff (’94) wrote an op-ed for The New York Times on the Obama administration’s proposal to overhaul the international food aid program, which officials say is costly and inefficient (“Food Aid Reforms,” May 7). In the proposal, the majority of food would still be purchased from American farmers, but some would be purchased locally to allow for quicker distribution, which Jonathan agreed “represents the best policy.” Jonathan also mentioned a Reuters quote from Veronica Nigh of the American Farm Bureau Federation, in which she said it’s less about decreasing revenue for U.S. agriculture and more about loss of sense of pride. “Surely Congress can shore up American agriculture’s sense of pride without letting four million people starve,” Jonathan says.