Reps. Stewart and Krishnamoorthi Lead Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter Calling on Biden Admin to Address Global Food Crisis

Press Release

Date: June 8, 2022
Location: Washington, DC

Reps. Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence led five of their colleagues in a bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The letter outlines their concerns about the impacts of Russia's unjustified invasion of Ukraine on the growing global food crisis and their consequences for American national security. Other co-signers of the letter included members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Armed Serves Committee.

While the global food supply has already been under intense pressure due to a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain problems, and high energy costs, Russia's actions escalated risks to global food security. Prior to Russia's invasion, Russia and Ukraine produced roughly one-third of the world's wheat and barley and almost half its sunflower oil. As the conflict reduces agricultural production and as Russia blocks Ukraine's ports, shortages could push tens of millions of people into food insecurity for years to come.

Rep. Stewart, Rep. Krishnamoorthi, and five other members are urging the Biden Administration to provide Congress with short, medium, and long-term strategic plans to address the crisis's national security implications.

"Food insecurity threatens to exacerbate poverty, strain societal tensions, and increase dissatisfaction with governments, thereby increasing the risk of social, economic, and political instability -- key drivers of mass migration and terrorism," the letter states. "The United States must work to identify how the global food crisis will further exacerbate existing pressure points around the world and how increasing instability could threaten U.S. national security interests. To that end, we urge you to provide us with your short-, medium-, and long-term strategic plan to address the impacts of the global food crisis on U.S. national security. Such a plan is necessary to protect U.S. interests globally and to further support those most vulnerable in the growing food crisis."

The letters other signatories were Reps. Sara Jacobs (D-CA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and Andy Levin (D-MI).