Obesity linked to U.S. farm subsidies

Taxpayers are providing tens of millions of dollars in subsidies to giant monoculture  farms that grow commodity wheat and genetically modified corn and soy that will be processed for cheap bread and other food and additives (such as High Fructose Corn Syrup, HFCS) that make us fat… and corporations rich.

That is the conclusion of a study led by Dr. Mark J. Eisenberg, a cardiologist and epidemiologist at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.

The study was published in  the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“Agricultural subsidies are responsible for enabling the processed and energy-dense foods that contribute to the American epidemic of obesity the most affordable options for consumers,” concludes the study.

Congress is currently debating a new farm bill that will determine agricultural policy for the coming years. The lion’s share of subsidies traditionally go to commodity crops that benefit food manufacturer profits , rather than crops such as whole fruits, nuts and vegetables that benefit public health.

AcresUSA magazine notes that while many factors contribute to obesity, the ready availability and low cost of unhealthy foods in comparison with healthy alternatives make it critical that  public health be factored into legislation that will define the country’s nutritional environment.

Public health factored into farm subsidies? Now wouldn’t that be a switch….Organic, non-GMO food, clean, non-polluted farmland…??

Like Martin Luther King, “I had a dream….”