For Immediate Release
Elizabeth Hitchcock, Public Health Advocate
Cutting Ag Subsidies Key to Implementing USDA’s Dietary Recommendations
2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting
intake of calories from solid fats, sugars, and refined grains by emphasizing
nutrient-dense foods and beverages.
With this guidance the USDA is offering a way to address the incidence of childhood obesity
which has tripled in the
past 30 years.
consumers could better put these recommendations into practice if the federal
government would stop subsidizing the cheap production of high fat, high
taxpayer dollars have been directed toward agribusiness
artificially driving down the cost of fats and sugars by subsidizing
commodity crops like corn and soybeans. Meanwhile, the prices for fruits and
vegetables, grown with relatively little government support, have steadily
nearly 40% in the past 20 years.
"We can take
important steps toward curbing childhood obesity by curbing taxpayer
subsidies that make a box of Twinkies cheaper than a bag of carrots. U.S.
PIRG calls for Congress to cut such agriculture subsidies as it reauthorizes
the Farm Bill."
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