Food vs. Cash

  • Aired:  09/24/13
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To save America's international shipping conglomerates, Jessica Williams thinks outside the box. (4:01)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

AMERICA IS A VERY GENEROUSNATION.

WE'VE LONG GIVEN AID TO STARVINGMILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD BUT

ARE WE FORGETTING THE TRULYNEEDY?

JESSICA WILLIAMS FILED THISREPORT.

>> FOR 60 YEARS THE UNITEDSTATES HAS BEEN FEEDING THE

WORLD'S HUNGRY WITH THE FOOD FORPEACE PROGRAM AND RECENTLY USAID

THE ORGANIZATION IN CHARGE OFFOOD AID

SUGGESTED WE CAN FEED FOURMILLION ADDITIONAL PEOPLE

WITH ONE SLIGHT CHANGE SHIP LESSFOOD AND SEND MORE CASH.

FOTHIS MAY DEVASTATE THE MOSTVULNERABLE

AMONG US -- >> THEU.S. SHIPPING

INDUSTRY IS IN DIRENEED OF SUPPORT.

ITONY MUNOZ, THE EDITOR OF.

MARITIME EXECUTIVE THE NUMBERONE MAGAZINE FORIVE THE NUMBER

MARTIME EXECUTIVES FEARS SHIPPING COMPANIES WILL BE

STARVED FOR INCOME.

>> THE FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM TOTHE MARITIME INDUSTRY IS

CRITICAL.

IT'S OUR COUNTRY'S HERITAGE.

AND YOU JUST WANT TO SEND ITOVERSEAS WITH MONEY.

THEY ARE STILL GOING TO HAVE TOTRANSPORT THE FOOD.

IT'S STILL GOING ON A SHIP.

IT'S STILL GOING TO DJABUTI.

>> YOU LIKE FILLING UP DJABUTIWITH WHAT IT NEEDS.

>> IT'S A GOOD PLACE.

I UNDERSTAND.

I ASKED THE ECONOMIST CHRISBARRETT WHY THE ADMINISTRATION

WOULD WANT TO DESTROY THECOUNTRY'S CRITICAL HERITAGE.

>> WHAT IS THIS ISSUE IS THESMALL SEGMENT OF SHIPPERS WHO

PUT AN AMERICAN FLAG ON THEIRVESSEL AS A WAY OF CAPTURING

WINDFALL.

>> AS A WAY TO SAVE AMERICANJOBS.

>> THEY ARE OWNED BY FOREIGNCORPORATIONS THAT CREATE SHELL

CORPORATIONS IN THE US.

THE WINDFALL GAINS ACCRUE TOPEOPLE OUTSIDE THE UNITED

STATES.

IN THIS DAY AND AGE IT'S CHEAPERAND SAFER TO SEND CASH.

>> WHY NOT COMPROMISE AND HAVETHE SHIPPERS HAUL MONEY

OVERSEAS.

>> THE SAME REASON YOU DON'TTAKE YOUR PAYCHECK IN TUNA AND

BAGS OF RICE.

>> YOU DON'T KNOW HOW I LIVE.

THIS IS A WEEK'S WORTH OFMAKING FUN OF WHITE

PEOPLE.

I WENT TO FORT LAUDERDALE.

>> AMERICANS ARE SAYING THEREARE CHILDREN DYING, HOW DO WE

GET PEOPLE TO MOVE PAST THAT ANDFOCUS ON YOUR INDUSTRY?

>> THEY NEED TO BE AWARE THATTHE VERY PART -- A VERY

IMPORTANT PART OF OUR HERITAGEIS DISAPPEARING.

WE'RE GOING TO LOSE THAT BECAUSEOF CASH, BECAUSE NGO'S WANT MORE

CASH.

I SAY STOP IT.

STOP IT RIGHT NOW.

>> GET IT OUT OF HERE!

>> GET IT OUT OF HERE.

>> TO SAVE OUR INTERNATIONALSHIPPING CONGLOMERATES WE NEED

TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.

>> IF YOU WERE TRYING TO HELPOUT A FRIEND IN NEED HALFWAY THE

ACROSS THE COUNTRY, ARE YOUGOING TO FILL A BASKET OF FOOD

IN THE LOCAL GROCERY STORE ANDTHEN WALK DOWN TO FED-EX AND

SPEND ABOUT $60 CENTS OUT OFDOLLAR YOU SPEND AND SHIP IT

ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

>> FED-EX SHIPS FOOD?

>> THAT'S NOT THE POINT.

I'M MAKING A POINT.

>> CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME.

>> CAN I GET 300,000 ROAST BEEFSANDWICHES.

>> 300,000?

>> AND A MILKSHAKE, PLEASE.

♪ ♪ IN THE NATIONAL SHIPPING

CONGLOMERATES HAVE ECONOMICNEED THEY MUST BALANCE AGAINST

THE NEEDS OF THE HUNGRY ♪>> GOD BLESS YOU SISTER.

>> VERY NICE.

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