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Archive for November 4th, 2007

FARM SUBSIDIES AT ISSUE

Posted in Government Shenanigans, News Brief on November 4th, 2007

PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY MOVES TO OVERTURN FARM POLICIES THAT SUBSIDIZE THE WRONG KIND OF CALORIES

image1414171g.jpgAmericans have begun to ask why the farm bill is subsidizing high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils at a time when rates of diabetes and obesity among children are soaring, or why the farm bill is underwriting factory farming (with subsidized grain) when feedlot wastes are polluting the countryside and, all too often, the meat supply

For the first time, the public health community has raised its voice in support of overturning farm policies that subsidize precisely the wrong kind of calories (added fat and added sugar), helping to make Twinkies cheaper than carrots and Coca-Cola competitive with water. Also for the first time, the international development community has weighed in on the debate, arguing that subsidized American exports are hobbling cotton farmers in Nigeria and corn farmers in Mexio

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Source: NY Times

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