Released: Filed Under: Stoa Policy
About "LPR Food Aid"
The United States currently has over 90% of food for food aid bought in the US and then shipped to the needy countries. The Affirmative team’s claims are that if we were to switch to local and regional procurement (when you send money to the other country, and then they use it to buy food from local farmers), then they wouldn’t have to ship anything, food will get there several months faster, and they will save millions of lives. They also claim that Local and regional procurement (LRP) is cheaper, so more food can be bought at no additional cost, and that all of this happens while also helping local farmers.
Negative will argue that the U.S. already uses LRP so much that they are the world’s largest food aid LRP donor. Also, LRP isn’t always effective in all circumstances, and it can sometimes adversely affect markets and lead to higher costs in certain areas. That is why it is important to be able to choose which way to go. Negative also has the option of running the “Abolish Food Aid” counter-plan (provided in a separate brief).
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Rebecca Sumner has debated Policy for three years and has qualified for NITOC two years in a row. Both times, the qualification came within three tournaments. This past year she and her partner placed second, third, and first at the three regular-season tournaments they went to.