The potato industry is lobbying to have white potatoes included in the WIC foods package, which is currently tightly prescribed based on documented nutritional deficiencies. Surge Congress to stop the industry’s attack on the scientific integrity of WIC by signing the National WIC Association’s letter.

Sign on Our Letter to Protect the WIC Food Package!

Sign on our letter to protect the scientific integrity of the WIC food package.

The potato industry remains unhappy about the potato’s exclusion from the WIC food packages, particularly in light of the release of the final food package rule. We fully expect members of both the House and Senate to propose amendments to the agriculture appropriations bills in their respective chambers mandating potatoes into the WIC food packages.

This would set a bad precedent that jeopardizes the scientific integrity of the WIC food packages, allowing any member of Congress to convince enough of his/her colleagues that the food item produced in his/her district should be in the WIC food packages. And, we have been told that it will be very difficult for our champions to hold the line without other members hearing that the people in their states and districts oppose these actions.

Read an editorial about this issue: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/catherine-rampell-big-potato-lobbies-to-be-part-of-wic-food-assistance-program