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Tag: WashPIRG

July
8th

OBESITY: Taxpayers subsidize poor dietary choices

Regarding the story on our national obesity epidemic (TNT, 7-7), it should be noted that a contributing factor is the degree to which our tax dollars subsidize poor dietary choices.

Over the last 15 years, $246 billion in taxpayer subsidies have helped to artificially reduce the price of unhealthy food. According to an analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture records, the top 10 percent of agricultural subsidy recipients received 74 percent of those payments, and the subsidies have disproportionately supported a handful of commodity crops led by corn and soy.

These subsidies have driven down the cost of commodity crops,

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