Most US states forbid low-income families from buying organic foods with benefits provided by WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children). Similarly, a bill proposed in the New York State Legislature would bar participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from purchasing so-called luxury food items. (WIC and SNAP are federal programs, but individual states set guidelines for administering them.) Such policies stem from deep-rooted...

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