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Ocean Robbins: Welcome to this Food Revolution Conversation. I’m Ocean Robbins. And I’m so thrilled to be right here with you proper now to speak about probably the most essential subjects of our occasions, which is how we will bridge the well being hole and the diet hole to help wholesome, moral, and sustainable meals for all.
And we’re going to pay particular consideration to the communities that want help and are struggling essentially the most proper now. The communities which might be struggling essentially the most egregious penalties from a poisonous meals tradition.
And we’re going to look as we speak at what’s potential, at hope, at visions, at how we will really up-level the well being and the well-being of all communities in all places — and at sensible examples of what works.
And we’re right here as we speak with the right individual to be on this dialog with, Benjamin Perkins. He is a social justice practitioner, an mental, and a inventive thinker, and he’s the CEO of Wholesome Wave.
Wholesome Wave might be certainly one of my favourite nonprofit organizations on the planet. They are creating partnership-based packages that allow underserved shoppers to make more healthy decisions by rising inexpensive entry to wholesome and regionally and regionally grown meals.
Ben has labored within the public well being area for twenty years. And since 2014, his focus has been on ending well being disparities and inequities. He’s labored for the American Heart Association as Vice President for Multicultural Health Initiative and Health Equity and as Vice President of Health Strategies. And at Wholesome Wave, he’s championing constructive, sensible, community-based options that may convey well being and wellness the place they’re wanted.
So Ben, thanks a lot for being right here as we speak, and thanks on your wonderful work.
Benjamin Perkins: Thank you for having me. Thanks for that nice introduction. I sound fascinating.
Food & Nutrition Insecurity
Ocean Robbins: Well, you’re fascinating. And we’re thrilled to be with you.
You’ve talked about how meals insecurity and addressing meals insecurity is about offering sufficient meals to these in want. But diet insecurity and addressing it’s about offering the correct meals to forestall or alleviate diet-related illnesses.
So, inform us slightly bit about what diet insecurity means to you, and why you suppose it’s so essential on the earth proper now.
Benjamin Perkins: That’s an amazing query. I believe when it comes to excited about meals insecurity and diet insecurity, I used to be speaking to somebody final evening. And I used to be saying that one of many methods to consider meals insecurity, or diet insecurity, is to consider it as a subset. If you had slightly Venn diagram, diet insecurity can be inside meals insecurity. In that, meals insecurity is addressing the dearth of meals that people may need. So problems with starvation. But diet insecurity… And this goes again to co-founder of Wholesome Wave, [Chef] Michel Nischan’s form of assertion, that it’s not nearly getting individuals meals. It’s about getting individuals the correct meals and wholesome meals.
And I believe embedded in that’s this idea of human dignity. That it isn’t simply feeding individuals something, but it surely’s about getting at wholesome meals the place individuals can thrive — notably people who’re on the margins, which is a big a part of the inhabitants that we pay particularly shut consideration to.
Obese however Nutrient-Starved
Ocean Robbins: In the world proper now, we’ve, maybe for the primary time in human historical past, extra people who find themselves overweight than people who find themselves ravenous. Right now, there are virtually a billion individuals on the planet who’re in peril of literal hunger — who’ve basic core meals insecurity each day. But there are additionally over a billion individuals on the planet who’re overweight. In the United States, it’s now 40% of our inhabitants. Mexico is correct up there with us.
And there’s an fascinating and actually painful corollary right here that people who find themselves in poverty usually tend to starve. But they’re additionally extra prone to be overweight as a result of they’re basically fueling from perhaps sufficient energy, perhaps too many energy, however they’re nutrient-starved.
Benjamin Perkins: Yes. That distinction between power dense and diet dense. And it actually form of drives dwelling precisely the purpose you’re making. This concept that meals which might be energy-dense typically aren’t nutrient-dense. And there’s that form of chasm between these issues doubtlessly.
Ocean Robbins: Yeah. The method I have a look at it, meals 1.zero is about survival. If you may get sufficient energy to fill your stomach, then that’s success. Food 2.zero is ruled by commerce. It’s the shopping for, promoting, and advertising and marketing of products. And it’s a step up for lots of people to have the ability to have selection and authorship and a few mobility round meals. But sadly, it’s morally bankrupt. And it’s introduced us dietary and well being disasters for most of the world’s individuals.
And that’s why at Food Revolution Network, we’re calling for what we name meals three.zero, which is a meals system based mostly round well being. Health for our our bodies and well being for our planet.
And it looks like what you’re doing is addressing how we will sort of leapfrog, for people who find themselves on the margins, straight from Food 1.zero to Food three.zero. How we will transfer from, get sufficient energy; sure, after all. I imply, if all you possibly can eat is a bag of potato chips, and that’s all you bought, for goodness sake, eat the potato chips. But on the identical time, what would occur if we concentrate on nutrient high quality and nutrient density and the way we create these alternatives for individuals?
Addressing the Cost of Healthy Food
Ocean Robbins: But lots of people battle with the price of wholesome meals. I imply, Whole Foods has the unlucky nickname, “Whole Paycheck.” And we see lots of people who simply really feel like they need to pay an arm and a leg simply to do the correct factor. It’s virtually such as you’re being fined for sporting your seatbelt. You need to feed your self and your loved ones proper, you need to pay additional. How are you guys attempting to deal with that?
Benjamin Perkins: Another nice query. How we’re attempting to deal with it’s… And you had talked about SNAP, for example, and that idea of doubling up SNAP bucks, which is certainly one of our claims to fame. One of our co-founders, the late, nice Gus Schumacher, who was the undersecretary of agriculture throughout the Clinton administration. He was a giant proponent of the concept of incentivizing SNAP in order that you could possibly get extra on your greenback by shopping for wholesome produce, wholesome vegatables and fruits.
Now, the concept there’s nonetheless giving individuals selection, however incentivizing more healthy decisions so that people may be extra drawn to these more healthy decisions. Because precisely what you mentioned, if the notion is that wholesome meals price extra, and I solely have a restricted pool of assets — particularly dollars — I’m going to gravitate in the direction of the cheaper meals, the extra energy-dense meals, and fewer nutritionally-dense meals. And so, that’s one of many methods we give it some thought.
The Double Up Food Bucks Program
Ocean Robbins: So the Double Up Food Bucks program mainly says for any person who’s on meals stamps, who has meals stamps, and there’s about what, about 42 million Americans who’re part of that?
Benjamin Perkins: Fourteen % of the inhabitants.
Ocean Robbins: Fourteen % of the inhabitants, and lots of them children, are depending on this program to eat proper now. And we might debate till the cows come dwelling, what’s the correct function of presidency. And I don’t suppose any of us need to see a world during which individuals depend upon SNAP dollars to feed their households. Everyone needs to be self-reliant and have the assets they should present for themselves, however that’s not the world we reside in proper now.
But at this cut-off date, we’ve lots of people who’re marginalized, who’re on the sting, and who depend upon SNAP in an effort to eat and reside.
Unfortunately, most SNAP dollars will not be shopping for wholesome meals. Quite a lot of them are going to meals which might be making individuals fats and sick and rising their probability of getting diabetes and coronary heart illness and most cancers and Alzheimer’s, and fueling ADHD in children who then have a tougher time at school as a result of they don’t have the vitamins they should thrive.
So you guys created this program the place for each greenback SNAP recipients spend on fruits or greens, they’re getting double bucks, proper? That means they go twice as far. So as an alternative of paying a greenback for X quantity of broccoli, you now solely pay 50 cents, which implies you may get twice as a lot broccoli. So it creates this monetary incentive to purchase extra vegatables and fruits, particularly.
Health Outcomes & Nutrition Incentives
Ocean Robbins: So when that occurs, do individuals purchase extra vegatables and fruits? And perhaps, extra importantly, do they eat extra vegatables and fruits? How many individuals are in this system? And what sort of outcomes have we seen when it comes to any potential well being affect to this point?
Benjamin Perkins: Yeah, so the analysis suggests that individuals, when offered with the chance, and I believe that is one thing that’s actually essential to spotlight, no matter which program we’re speaking about. When individuals have the chance to do more healthy, to interact in more healthy behaviors, particularly consuming more healthy vegatables and fruits and meals normally, that they do. That’s the underside line.
The different factor to learn about SNAP, particularly, is… So you’ve received 42 million individuals on SNAP. The analysis on SNAP beneficiaries tells us that they’re twice as prone to die of heart problems and thrice extra prone to die of diabetes issues.
So you see, there’s a big want when it comes to that inhabitants to do no matter we will to incentivize consumption of more healthy vegatables and fruits. So issues like wanting on the drop in A1C, taking a look at drops in systolic and diastolic blood stress, these types of issues. All of these well being outcomes have a tendency to enhance with diet incentive packages. And the factor is, proper now, that is all proof of idea.
Now, actually, I’d argue, and I believe most individuals would argue that it appears fairly intuitive that individuals would get more healthy. But what we’ve to do is we’ve to make the case. So all that we’re doing now’s creating a huge proof of idea, marshaling all the information from the entire research that we’re part of, all of the work, after which utilizing that knowledge within the service of constructing the case in order that, finally, these sorts of issues may be embedded in federal and state coverage in a long-term, sustainable method.
Expanding the Program
Ocean Robbins: Yes, completely. And there are about 882,000 people who find themselves collaborating within the Double Up Food Bucks Program, in additional than 20 states. And is that every one funded by non-public donors to this point? Or has the federal government pitched in?
Benjamin Perkins: There’s a mixture. So Gus Schumacher, who I discussed earlier than, a part of his legacy was that there was a farm invoice in 2014; there was $100 million earmarked for these sorts of packages. And then he died in 2017. So in 2018, when that farm invoice received reauthorized, it was renamed the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program, or what we affectionately referred to as GusNIP.
So that got here in at $250 million over 5 years. That’s not some huge cash for a whole nation. So a part of this system actually seems to public-private partnerships. So the federal government put some cash in. But additionally, we’re searching for matching dollars. So whether or not it’s companies or foundations which might be additionally within the well being of communities and populations, they create dollars in from non-public donors. And these companions match the federal dollars.
Community-Based Nutrition Education
Ocean Robbins: Got it. Thank you. So I assume the cynic may say, “Well, if people get double the value for fruits and vegetables, they might buy more fruits and vegetables because it’s sort of like it’s on sale, so to speak, but will they actually eat them? Or will they just rot in the fridge? Will people know what to do with them?” And so, do you’ve any ideas about that? Have you introduced in any form of culturally acceptable recipes, or cooking strategies, or way of life behavior training?
Benjamin Perkins: Yeah, that’s an amazing level. And sure.
So a part of it’s that we additionally need to embed diet teaching programs. And so, at Wholesome Wave, our program administrators work carefully with neighborhood companions in well being programs to, to start with, assess what sorts of assets they’ve. And then, we offer assets, which could embody a diet training part. Because to your level, it’s nice that individuals have entry to wholesome vegatables and fruits, but when they don’t know what to do with them, then, after all, we’re speaking concerning the potential for meals waste.
It’s nice that individuals have entry to wholesome vegatables and fruits, but when they don’t know what to do with them, then, after all, we’re speaking concerning the potential for meals waste.
The different piece of it that you simply alluded to that’s critically essential, and this is part of the dignity part, is it’s not nearly getting individuals wholesome meals. It’s about understanding the actual tradition as a result of if you may get wholesome produce that’s culturally particular, then the possibilities are better that people will know what to do with it within the first place.
The Produce Prescription Program
Ocean Robbins: Yeah, completely. Fabulous. Okay. Well, let’s have a look at one other program your group has been operating referred to as the Produce Prescription (Rx) Program. Quite a lot of Ps there.
Benjamin Perkins: Yeah.
Ocean Robbins: So the Produce Prescription Program, as I perceive it, you’re piloting this. And the idea is that, a minimum of for Medicare and Medicaid recipients, and maybe, finally, all insurers might get in on this, that docs can prescribe produce. Like go to the Farmacy with an F, not the pharmacy with the P-H, and basically get your produce.
Diet Responsive Conditions
Ocean Robbins: It’s fascinating as a result of, for any person who has coronary heart illness or sort 2 diabetes, that are extraordinarily diet-responsive situations, they will get outcomes quick. I imply, arguably as shortly as with happening statin medicine, for instance. They can convey down their LDL levels of cholesterol. They can convey down their blood stress quickly with weight loss plan and way of life decisions. This is confirmed in examine after examine.
And in contrast to with medicine, the uncomfortable side effects are all constructive. They’re additionally bringing down their threat of dementia and most cancers, they usually’re most likely going to really feel higher and perhaps also have a higher intercourse life too.
So my thought is that if their physician tells them they should change their weight loss plan, positive, some individuals will battle. But in the event that they actually know what’s at stake, for these people who find themselves in these situations the place it’s life or dying, lots of people are keen to make decisions, even when it’s rather less enjoyable, even when it requires some work or some new habits as a result of they get what’s at stake.
So clearly, we’d like docs who’re knowledgeable about diet and motivated and who give it acceptable gravitas. But then, we additionally want the assets in order that they can’t simply say, “Hey, you need to eat better. Good luck with that.” And ship any person off on their very own into the wild world of a poisonous meals tradition. But somewhat any person who can particularly prescribe particular issues. Like saying, “I want you eating broccoli every day.”
So is that this particular to provide, or do you embody some other meals? How extensively has it been used to this point? And what’s the technique right here?
Better Health & Nutrition Access
Benjamin Perkins: I’ll begin with the primary query. The technique is de facto, as you detailed, the concept somebody who has a selected and persistent well being situation, particularly heart problems and diabetes, can be prescribed produce. So vegatables and fruits, primarily. Although, there’s now discuss concerning the function of legumes, however that’s it proper now. Now, which will evolve sooner or later, however for now, our focus is de facto on the wholesome vegatables and fruits.
So in case you have a persistent well being situation, or you’re trending — and that is essential — trending in the direction of one… So you’re prediabetic, or you’ve a historical past of hypertension or these types of issues, and the physician actually identifies that you’re in danger, the concept is that they’d then provide the produce prescription within the type of a bank card that you could possibly use at a selected outlet grocery market. It might be a present card that can be utilized at a sure venue. Or it might be our work with sure achievement distributors who will get you the produce. It may even be delivered on to your own home.
The thought is that they’re enrolled; they’re in a position to get their wholesome vegatables and fruits and are monitored over six months to a yr. We truly prefer it to be so long as potential, however six months to a yr is greatest, though a few of the packages have been shorter.
The thought is to present them the vegatables and fruits, after which to take a look at the well being outcomes. So issues like their blood glucose or A1C, their systolic and diastolic blood stress, their BMI, and see what the tendencies are over the length of the prescription program. And that knowledge is the information that we use to make the case for why that is impactful. And we have a look at issues just like the discount of price burden to the system. Improved well being outcomes imply that the burden when it comes to healthcare prices will get decreased.
We’re additionally taking a look at bettering affected person high quality of life, and that’s all a part of this notion of the triple goals of value-based care now, which is a big a part of a paradigm shift in healthcare total.
Improving Health Markers
Ocean Robbins: So what does the information say to this point? Do you’ve any outcomes again but?
Benjamin Perkins: The knowledge is compelling. One of our packages in Ohio, it is a Produce Rx program, noticed a zero.5 level drop, a half a degree drop in A1C, which if you know the way A1C works, a half a degree drop is sort of important. So a 22.three level drop in systolic blood stress, 14.2 level drop in diastolic blood stress, and four.9 level drop in physique mass index or BMI.
Ocean Robbins: Wow. And that’s after what? Six months? A yr of produce?
Benjamin Perkins: We often have a look at, on the brief finish, a couple of four-month program. On common although, six. And the gold commonplace is getting it as near a yr as potential. Because what we all know is the longer you’ve somebody in these, the longer period of time they need to construct these habits and get that reinforcement that’s important to maintain long-term well being adjustments.
Ocean Robbins: Yeah. So Double Up Food Bucks and Produce Rx Programs are two sensible methods.
Incentives for Scaling Up Programs
Ocean Robbins: Let’s discuss implementation and scaling and what might occur. So what would it not take for the USDA to broaden the Farm Bill to make Double Up Food Bucks regular all through SNAP within the United States for the 42 million or so individuals who use SNAP to feed their households?
Benjamin Perkins: That’s an amazing query. And the query cuts proper to the guts of the need for there to be each a public, so the function of the federal government, actually, simply billions and billions. And we’re speaking about yearly. But additionally, along with the federal government, the non-public sector might play a very essential function.
And one of many stuff you alluded to is about insurers. So the concept insurers might play a key function on this. Because, guess what? If individuals are more healthy, they’re much less prone to have to avail themselves of medical visits that the insurer has to pay for.
Ocean Robbins: Sure. There’s lots of incentives right here. Employers have incentives, too, by the best way. A more healthy workforce goes to save lots of them insurance coverage premiums in the long term, particularly for these which might be self-insured, but it surely’s additionally going to present them higher productiveness. Their groups may have clearer minds on the job, and get extra performed. They’ll have fewer sick days. They’ll really feel higher. And all of that’s good for firm success as effectively.
So employers have a stake in it. Public well being initiatives have a stake. All of the insurers have a stake. The authorities social security nets have a stake as a result of a more healthy inhabitants goes to be wealthier. It’s going to be extra productive. It’s going to be extra succesful and ready to answer challenges in life successfully.
And, after all, humanitarians and philanthropists have a stake right here too. For anyone who’s received slightly additional, these are locations which you can put money into that would have an unimaginable bang for the buck when it comes to web affect on human high quality of life.
Utilizing Medicare & Medicaid
Ocean Robbins: I need to discuss concerning the Produce Rx Program for a second and a examine that Tufts University did in 2019 on this. They checked out what might occur if this was scaled, on a big scale, by the Medicare and Medicaid program, which mix for 27% of federal spending. And if we carried out Produce Rx Programs all through the Medicare and Medicaid system, for these people who find themselves dealing with way of life responsive well being illnesses, what would occur?
Well, the primary co-author of the examine ended up commenting: “We discovered that encouraging individuals to eat wholesome meals in Medicare and Medicaid, wholesome meals prescriptions, might be as or less expensive as different frequent interventions, comparable to preventative drug remedies for hypertension or excessive ldl cholesterol.”
Giving out the massive numbers, they concluded that in the event that they have been to implement a program the place individuals weren’t simply prescribed vegatables and fruits, but in addition legumes and nuts and seeds, they usually additionally added in there seafood and plant-based oils — as a result of these are all issues which were present in research to be helpful for well being. And in the event that they supplied a 30% protection for these issues, basically by the Produce Rx Program, that the overall price would are available at a pair hundred billion dollars over the course of an extended time frame. We’re additionally speaking about financial savings of 100 billion dollars in fast well being care utilization inside only a five-year interval.
Long-Term Healthcare Savings
Ocean Robbins: But we’re additionally speaking about long-term financial savings that go far past that. The standard cutoff level for a medical intervention to be thought-about cost-effective is that if it’s lower than $150,000 per high quality of life yr gained. If prices are lower than $50,000 per high quality of life yr gained, these are thought-about extremely cost-effective and medical greatest buys.
Well, right here we wound up with taking a look at round $13,000 in web intervention price per high quality of life yr gained. And half of that comes again by lowered medical financial savings inside a five-year interval. And clearly, there are such a lot of different advantages to it from the humanitarian perspective, public well being, financial productiveness, and many others., to not point out simply caring about individuals’s lives and wanting them to be glad and effectively.
They discovered that the Produce Rx Program might, in a five-year interval, forestall 120,000 instances of diabetes. It might forestall three.28 million instances of heart problems. And once more, it is going to be as or less expensive than lots of at the moment lined medical remedies.
Ben, while you hear about these numbers, what goes by your thoughts?
Health Promotion Over Disease Management
Benjamin Perkins: Let’s do it. I imply, you marshaled all of this knowledge. And as I used to be saying, lots of our work is round marshaling extra knowledge by these packages. But there’s tremendously compelling proof already.
And one of many issues I believe you alluded to, which lots of us are conscious of, is within the United States, our well being system is de facto illness administration and never well being promotion. And so, while you ask your self, the place are the incentives to doing stuff like produce prescription if there’s extra money in remedy and people types of issues? It actually form of leads you to some uncomfortable sorts of conclusions about how our system is configured within the US.
In the United States, our well being system is de facto illness administration and never well being promotion.
Ocean Robbins: Well, I imply, the underside line is no one’s getting wealthy from prescribing broccoli proper now. I’ve typically thought if reimbursements have been the identical for prescribing broccoli as prescribing chemo medicine, we’d see extra broccoli prescribed, and we’d most likely see fewer chemo medicine prescribed. The actuality is that meals is drugs, and it prevents the necessity for different medicines. But sadly, we’ve a healthcare system that typically acts as if meals didn’t matter.
Navigating a Toxic Food Culture
Ocean Robbins: And, after all, we’ve a meals system that acts as if well being didn’t matter. And on the finish of the day, on this context, it’s as much as every of us to take as a lot private duty as we will, to not be a sufferer of the established order, which is a quick observe to illness and untimely dying.
But lots of people on this system wouldn’t have the means, the assets, the time, or the cash to have the ability to train that sort of self-authorship. Because while you’re working two jobs, and also you’re barely in a position to pay hire, and also you’re tremendous stressed, it’s actually laborious to study a complete new method of cooking and feeding your loved ones. And it may be laborious to afford it.
So what you all are doing is hitting the nail on the top on the way to handle that problem. I do know of no different group on the earth that’s addressing, so straight, this core drawback we face proper now, so pragmatically and so successfully, with options that actually might change your entire sport.
So Ben, what’s your imaginative and prescient, what’s subsequent? How can we make this occur? And how can people allow you to?
The FED Principle
Benjamin Perkins: So the imaginative and prescient for me, as somebody who stepped into this function of main this group, is de facto to assist us reside out our core values. And so, one of many issues that I’ve form of coined is this idea referred to as The FED Principle, which coincidentally, as a corporation that does work in diet safety, is sort of enjoyable to play with. But FED stands for Fidelity to communities, Equity, eradicating limitations and bettering entry, and Dignity — the acknowledgment that human beings have inherent value and, due to this fact, are entitled to wholesome meals. Nutritious meals is a human proper.
So that FED Principle is our north star. And so, every part that we do when it comes to how we take into consideration our work must measure as much as that. That is the measure by which I’m gauging our success.
And finally, the imaginative and prescient is that we will get issues like produce prescriptions embedded in federal and state coverage. Because what we all know is that that coverage lever performs such a significant function within the well being and well-being of not simply communities, however total populations. Because we all know that, finally, there’s a deeply structural ingredient to this. And one of many methods you get at structural points is thru coverage levers. So that’s key to how I see us sooner or later shifting ahead.
The Link Between Illness & Poverty
Ocean Robbins: Yeah. I’m simply reflecting on how sickness, persistent sickness, is a number one reason behind chapter within the United States. There’s a direct connection between sickness and generational, and even intergenerational, poverty. When somebody dies penniless, they go away nothing to their youngsters. And so, cycles of poverty proceed throughout generations.
And I believe it’s not too daring an assertion to recommend that if packages like what you’re speaking about have been carried out, let’s say we even simply, let’s simply discuss Double Up Food Bucks for a second. If that was carried out on a broad scale, I believe that inside a era, we might have fewer individuals depending on SNAP as a result of we’d have much less grinding poverty as a result of we’d have a more healthy inhabitants.
And by specializing in these communities which might be essentially the most impacted by persistent illness, and which might be struggling essentially the most, and giving them a leg up on their well being outcomes, we will change the entire sport. We can construct a fairer, extra equitable society that empowers individuals and households to save lots of as an alternative of depleting their assets on medical bills they will’t afford. And perhaps we will flip issues round. That provides me lots of hope. I’m so grateful to you.
Supporting Wholesome Wave’s Mission
Ocean Robbins: And, after all, it goes with out saying, however it is a nonprofit group, Wholesome Wave. And it must be mentioned, anyone who can, please contribute. Spread the phrase. Share this video. Share their web site.
And in case you can, donate cash.
People can help Double Up Food Bucks packages or Produce Rx Programs, they usually may help the group that’s in search of to leverage tens of billions of dollars in public funds to make this stuff occur.
We’re most likely by no means going to get all the best way there, simply with non-public donations. We can pilot stuff with non-public donations, however the objective right here is far, a lot greater. So, investing on this group actually is leveraged in an enormous method.
And if we will set up the information that exhibits that these items works, and I believe it’s inevitable that that knowledge goes to return out increasingly more, then it’s only a query of getting people in energy to behave on that knowledge. And I believe we will get one thing performed right here.
So Ben, thanks. Bless you.
Benjamin Perkins: Thank you.
Ocean Robbins: It’s been great to have this time with you. And we sit up for doing much more collectively sooner or later. And by the best way: Food Revolution Network is a serious supporter of Wholesome Wave. My dad and I, and our entire group, are on board. And we invite all of our members to hitch us. Ben, thanks a lot.
Benjamin Perkins: Thank you.
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