This week’s Infographic of the Week was created by Laura Scherling and Laurence Wilse-Samson as part of the Farm Bill Hackathon. Scherling is a designer at The New School’s Communications and External Affairs Office and Laurence Wilse Samson is a PhD candidate in the Columbia University Economics department.
The graphic compares the money given in subsidies to eight cotton farms in California to that spent on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program supplying snacks to elementary schools in the state. By shifting those cotton subsidies from cotton to fruit, 320 additional low-income schools could be served.
The team worked virtually with Kari Hamerschlag of the Environmental Working Group to produce the graphic. Other graphics from the event can be found here and here.