The graph below shows the U.S. federal subsidies for food production over a decade ending in 2005.
Clearly, there is a HUGE contrast between what the U.S. government recommends and what they actually encourage via the subsidies. According to the Federal Nutrition Recommendations, meat and dairy should comprise approximately 25% of our intake. So why do these industries receive a full 75% of subsidies?
On the other hand, we see that fruit and veg only get 0.37% of subsidies! The lower the subsidies, the higher the pricing as it costs more for the industry to produce. So, if fruits and veggies are expensive to produce (and therefore buy) is it any wonder the country has an obesity problem? Maybe taxing junk food is one way to go, but how about ELIMINATING SUBSIDIES first.
Then there is the problem of the GMO crops that have filled the market and the cheap vegetables that are being Genetically modified…. Isnt this another reason why our good salad remains high priced while our beef ridiculously low priced?
It is time we understand how much responsibility we have, and what we must do… Support your local Farmers , the farmer markets and the farms that produce pristine ingredients … Buy local, think local and always remember …:No Farms, No Food…..
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