White potato growers score with spending bill provision

December 11, 2014 8:20 AM

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Tucked into $1 trillion bill: a provision that reverses the ban on white potatoes in the federal government's nutritional program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The program provides vouchers to help low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women buy nutritious food for themselves and their children younger than 5.

In 2007, the WIC program expanded to make fresh vegetables and fruits and eligible for purchase with the vouchers. But white potatoes did not make the cut. Government scientists argued that most Americans did not need the extra inducement to consume the starchy vegetable.

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