3D printing in the kitchen gives new meaning to fast food
The cost of the food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, has more than doubled since the Great Recession deepened in 2008. More than 47 million Americans, or 1 in 7, are using the program. The Senate passed a bill including both food stamps and farm programs in June. Later that month, the House defeated a farm bill that included both the food and farm programs after conservatives said its food stamp cuts around $2 billion a year weren’t high enough. GOP leaders then split the farm programs from the food stamps and passed a farm-only bill in July. Conservatives crafted the food stamp bill, saying higher cuts would be easier to pass in a stand-alone bill. Getting the three bills into a House-Senate conference could be tricky under House rules. Republicans said Thursday that one more step is needed the House will have to hold a procedural vote to allow both the farm and food stamp bills to go to conference. It is unclear if Republicans who pushed to split the two bills will oppose that effort. Most of current farm law expires at the end of this month, but its effects won’t be felt until the end of the year when some dairy supports expire. Without those supports, milk prices are expected to rise.
The design on the cake was made with a printer. Avi Reichentall, CEO of 3D Systems, one of the largest consumer printer companies, has already been able to configure his machines to create a variety of sugary goods, including cakes and candy. The sweets were on display with ornate designs. Reichentall said consumers can expect his company to build a machine that will take a place next to the coffee maker on a kitchen counter, but instead of a caffeine shot, it will offer a sugar rush. “We are working on a chocolate printer. I want a chocolate printer in my kitchen. I want it to be as cool as a Keurig coffee maker,” Reichentall said. “We now have 3D printed sugar. We’re going to bring to pastry chefs and confectionaries and bakers a whole range of new sugar printing capabilities. “This is coming to a marketplace near you very soon,” he said. As if to juxtapose confectionary 3D printers, Holman is working on creating machines that can take freeze-dried food and hydrate it as it is being extruded through nozzles to create an eye-pleasing meal. Tech gets tasty The 3D food printing technology isn’t Intellectual Ventures’ first foray into food preparation.
“He is not one to buy into any rhetoric.” But she said it has been harder to get Lucas’s staff to agree to meetings since he has been under so much pressure to cut make a big cut to food stamps. Christian said she does not blame Lucas for agreeing to the cuts, particularly since it is part of a path toward a new farm bill. Last year, when Lucas proposed a $16.5 billion cut to food stamps over 10 years, the Oklahoma food banks remained silent while national antihunger groups such as the Food Research and Action Center called for no cuts to food stamps. “We did not say a thing,” Christian said. “We knew that no cuts was unrealistic.” National hunger groups “are trying to keep their message consistent,” she added, “but it is not productive when they are not working with the reality.” Christian and her colleagues have also tried approaching more recently elected Oklahoma Republicans. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who represents Tulsa, has visited food banks, she said, but when it comes to discussing hunger he “gets into very theoretical conversations. He is very libertarian.” The advocates have also talked to Rep. Markwayne Mullin, who represents the poorest part of the state, but with him the conversation must start with “why need exists in the community,” not with the need to maintain SNAP benefit and eligibility levels, she said. Lobbying to maintain SNAP presents special challenges for food-bank leaders, she said. They realize that low-income people get most of their food through SNAP and use the food banks as a backup, and that if SNAP benefits are cut people will have to come to food banks earlier in the month.
Fight Over Food Stamps Has Many Complexities
Government data make clear the vast majority of households receiving benefits include at least one member who is either a child, elderly, or disabled. But Republicans have focused on recipients who are able-bodied adults without dependents — people who may be like Greenslate. Able-bodied adults without dependents made up 10.2 percent of SNAP population in 2011, up from 6.6 percent in 2007. Federal law only allows such “ABAWDs” to receive three months of food stamps, but most states waive the requirement because of high unemployment. Research shows the doubling of food stamp rolls from 2007 to 2012 owes to the bad economy. But Republicans, led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), have emphasized the waivers. Thursday’s legislation would take the waivers away, thereby denying benefits to 1.7 million Americans next year. The legislation, in the unlikely event it becomes law in its entirety, would reduce SNAP enrollment by 3.8 million in 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office . The House GOP bill will have to be merged with more moderate Senate legislation before any of it can become law. Greenslate said he’s not lazy, putting more than 40 hours per week into his band, Ratt Life , which has an album coming out in six weeks. He said Fox found him through a friend.