Week Ending Friday, September 26, 2008

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: September 23, 2008

Remarks Following a Meeting on Food Security in New York City,
September 23, 2008

Today Laura and I and Condi and other members of the administration are really honored to be at a table with folks from the private sector and the public sector and NGOs who are all concerned about hunger.

The United States has made a very strong and powerful commitment to help those who need food. We’ve committed about $5 billion of taxpayers’ money over the next 2 years to make sure people don’t go hungry. And it’s our interest that we do that. On the other hand, it is also in our interest to promote a second Green Revolution.

And how do you do that? Well, you use good science to get farmers in sub-Sahara Africa, for example, the tools necessary to be able to deal with the conditions in which they have to farm. You use government aid to build infrastructure so farmers can get products to market. You have good trade policy so that farm goods can travel freely across national borders. You have good agricultural policy that—combined with good trade policy, which reduces the subsidies that sometimes make it hard for, you know, indigenous farming communities to take off. You have—promote value-added processing.

And so this is the strategy that’s being discussed here at this table. The United States is a compassionate nation. When citizens around the world suffer, we suffer with them. We’re a strong enough nation to help people in our own country who are having trouble, but we’re also strong enough to help others as well. And a cornerstone of good foreign policy and a good compassionate philosophy is making sure that people don’t go hungry.

And so I thank you all very much for sharing that passion. I thank you for the leadership roles you have taken. And may the Good Lord continue to bless your work. Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 10:57 a.m. at the Millennium U.N. Plaza Hotel. In his remarks, he referred to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks Following a Meeting on Food Security in New York City, September 23, 2008," Week Ending Friday, September 26, 2008 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 26, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1247 Original Sources, accessed July 19, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1PCQRQJP4JA1VYY.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks Following a Meeting on Food Security in New York City, September 23, 2008." Week Ending Friday, September 26, 2008, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 26, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1247, Original Sources. 19 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1PCQRQJP4JA1VYY.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks Following a Meeting on Food Security in New York City, September 23, 2008' in Week Ending Friday, September 26, 2008. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, September 26, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1247. Original Sources, retrieved 19 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=1PCQRQJP4JA1VYY.