"In a nation that provides half of the world’s food assistance, why is substandard food being sent to the poorest corners of earth when the US government has developed an effective program at home to provide quality nutrition to its most vulnerable citizens? Two photojournalists, Antonin Kratochvil and Jessica Dimmock, strikingly capture the hypocrisy of US food policy in this two-part reportage.
Antonin Kratochvil’s bold landscape images lay bare the (mis)use of land and resources in the American midwest. The US Government Accountability Office has found that the current system of sending domestically produced blended flour overseas costs as much as 34 percent more than buying food products locally. Kratochvil maps the food-aid pipeline from the corn fields of Iowa to the ports of Africa, exposing the inefficiency of the current system and its failure to deliver nutritious foods to young children.
Jessica Dimmock’s intimate portraits of families benefitting from the US government-funded Women, Infants and Children nutrition program (WIC) reveal the other half of the US food aid story. WIC supports a quarter of all American children from birth to age four and has been shown to have dramatically reduced anemia and the rate of low birth weight. The access to nutritious, enriching foods that WIC provides to young American children is a stark contrast to the nutritionally devoid blend of fortified flour dumped on starving children outside the country."