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POLITICO reports:

The new chair of the Senate Agriculture's Nutrition and Specialty Crops Subcommittee said he plans to focus on the country's food justice and nutrition problems. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) cited worsening rates of obesity, diabetes and other diet-related diseases - urgent public health problems that disproportionately affect low-income consumers and communities of color.

"I'm bringing it," Booker said of his new subcommittee chair post during a Friday appearance at the North American Agricultural Journalists annual meeting. "I'm going to bring a focus on food justice and the nutrition crisis that is sending generations of our elders to an early death and robbing our children of too much of their precious potential."

"We must urgently rethink the way we approach food and nutrition policy," he said.

White House conference: Booker told reporters he supports the call for a second White House conference on food, nutrition and health. The last conference took place in 1969, under former President Richard Nixon.

Bring back food boxes: Booker said he supports creating a permanent USDA specialty-crop food box program to pay "a fair price" to farmers and deliver fresh food to low-income neighborhoods across the country.

USDA decided recently to suspend the Trump administration's Farmers to Families Food Box program as of May 31, citing a wide variety of errors and complications with the program.

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