AEI Letter re US Food Aid Costly Problem Publication

We write in response to the November 2, 2016 American Enterprise Institute publication “US Food aid’s costly problem: Why it’s time to eliminate cargo preference,” authored by Montana State University Professor Vincent H. Smith and his assistant Ryan Nabil. The analysis of maritime shipping economics and programs by t he author, who is an agricultural economist, gets the facts wrong, tells half the story, and thereby does a disservice to the debate surrounding the future of our US Merchant Marine.