Do Farm Subsidies Cause Obesity?
(From Food & Water Watch’s website)
Who benefits from the the state of obesity?
That’s easier to state, but not to blame.
Dispelling Common Myths About Public Health and the Farm Bill
It is commonly argued that farm subsidies have led to the overproduction of commodity crops, such as corn, driving down the price of “junk food” made with commodity ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and partially hydrogenated soybean oil relative to healthier alternatives.
This cycle, it is suggested, has led to increasing rates of obesity. Removing subsidies, the argument goes, would help combat obesity by discouraging overproduction of crops that are the base ingredients of unhealthy food.
This seems like a logical argument, yet few if any of those making these arguments reference academic findings and economic analysis to support their claims.
Read the full report: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/do-farm-subsidies-cause-obesity/
Get the issue brief: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/briefs/do-farm-subsidies-cause-obesity/
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