Friday, March 5, 2010

Why Big Macs Are Cheaper than A Salad

From PCRM,
The Farm Bill, a massive piece of federal legislation making its way through Congress, governs what children are fed in schools and what food assistance programs can distribute to recipients. The bill provides billions of dollars in subsidies, much of which goes to huge agribusinesses producing feed crops, such as corn and soy, which are then fed to animals. By funding these crops, the government supports the production of meat and dairy products—the same products that contribute to our growing rates of obesity and chronic disease. Fruit and vegetable farmers, on the other hand, receive less than 1 percent of government subsidies.
This post is from fall, 2007, but I doubt much has changed.

1 comment:

Professor Chaos said...

if anything, it's probably gotten worse. I would imagine the Bush administration was probably a lot more eager to subsidize Texas cattle ranchers than say, Salinas vegetable farmers