Report links farm subsidies, obesity

The Sacramento Bee, Sept. 26, 2011

Are farm subsidies making us fat?

Billions in taxpayer dollars are going to support high fructose corn syrup and three other common food additives used in junk food according to a report released this week by the California Public Interest Research Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, both consumer advocacy groups.

The report, “Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food ” makes the case that federal farm subsidies are helping feed the nation’s obesity epidemic. The research shows that from 1995 to 2010, $16.9 billion in federal subsidies went to producers and others in the business of corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and soy oils.

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