Are Farm Subsidies Making Us Fat?

Via on Nov 30, 2011

Who Will be The Biggest Farm Bill Loser?

It is often argued that subsidies have lead to the overproduction of commodity crops like corn and soybeans, creating cheap junk food that makes us fat. The farmers lose and so do consumers. Watch this video to learn more…

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A letter from our friends at Food & Water Watch:

A new episode of America’s favorite weight-loss reality show, The Biggest Loser, airs tonight and we’re reminded, once again, that we all struggle to maintain healthy lifestyles with good, whole foods and exercise. But how much of the problem is our own and how much of it is the result of bad farm policy?

Because you’re one of our valued supporters, we want you to be the first to see our “reality show” debut: The Biggest Farm Bill Loser!

It is often argued that subsidies have lead to the overproduction of commodity crops like corn and soybeans, creating cheap junk food that makes us fat. This seems like a logical argument but it is grossly oversimplified. When you take a closer look, we find that the deregulation of commodity markets — not subsidies — has driven down the price of these commodity crops. Deregulation has made big corporations rich while farmers have struggled to survive. Based on this, can you guess who The Biggest Farm Bill Loser will be?

This is not an easy issue to understand so we put together this animated video to help. It is vital that we share this video to help educate and empower our fellow consumers and farmers to speak out for real change in our food system. Watch the video, share it with friends, post it on your social networks, spread the word!

Thanks for taking action,

Meredith Begin
Education & Outreach Organizer
Food & Water Watch
mbegin(at)fwwatch(dot)org

Pig Photo Credit: Sarah209

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4 Responses to “Are Farm Subsidies Making Us Fat?”

  1. Love this Lynn… I make a big point of eating local, buying local, growing my own…but it's still important to fight bad legislation so that everyone can have access to quality food (and help keep independent farmers going strong!) Shared on the main ele FB page.

  2. Shawn says:

    From an economic standpoint, subsidies are bad because they skew the markets. When you subsidize one particular company or product, it creates an illusion that those are more efficient applications of your resources (and money). Subsidies are often applied for limited time periods and purposes, such as jumpstarting a new industry (i.e. alternative energy). The truth, however, is that once in place, subsidies are almost impossible to eliminate, because you have to "take" something away from someone.

    While some subsidies are readily apparent, there are far more that are hidden. Government programs support industries in many ways, such as education programs, marketing assistance, subsidized fuel, and academic/scientific assistance. Still, being aware that these subsidies exist is a start. Buying local is sometimes helpful, although subsidies exist there, as well. Conscious consumerism is the key, keeping in mind that everything is, as the Buddhists say, is interdependent.

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