Hummus Battles Peanut Butter

Crop EquipmentThere’s a battle of the sandwiches going on in Congress. At issue is the shape of the safety net program for America’s farmers.

On one side: peanut butter, the favorite sandwich spread of American childhood.

On the other side is the upstart, hummus, a Middle Eastern spread made with chick peas.

“It’s really one of the fastest-growing snack foods in the U.S.,” says Tim McGreevy, who runs the farm lobby group, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, adding that hummus is finding new places on the American menu. “[It] started out as a dip and now it’s moving into a spread. People put it on sandwiches and pitas.”

Protecting an abundant, affordable supply of sandwich fixings -along the rest of the food supply- has been a cornerstone of U.S. policy for decades.

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