Tuesday, January 3, 2012

How Your Taxes are Being Used by the Government to Produce Junk Food

Mike Barrett
Activist Post

With rates of obesity, diabetes, and nearly every other major health problem rising each year, why has the United States decided to heavily subsidize junk food? Farmers around the country choosing to grow healthy crops like chard, broccoli, and spinach simply do not have the government funding that those growing massive amounts of corn and soy beans (of which above 90% of each are genetically modified) do. Does the U.S. government really think that fruits and vegetables are not as important as grains which are used mostly for processing harmful food items? It may be time for a policy change.

Unhealthy Food Subsidization is Ruining Our Health

Between 1995 and 2010 over $260 billion was spent by American taxpayers in agricultural subsidies. Most of that money is put into commodity crops such as corn and soybeans, but the money is far less than well spent. While corn alone took in a whopping $77.1 billion from the government between 1995 and 2010, taxpayers spent $262 million subsidizing apples during the same time period. It just so happens that apples are really the only significant federal subsidy of fresh fruits and vegetables. In fact, if these agricultural subsidies went directly to consumers for the purchase of food, America’s 144 million taxpayers would each be given $7.36 to spend on junk food and only 11 cents to buy apples each year. This equates to about 19 Twinkies but less than a quarter of one healthy apple.

The U.S. government continues to be a major player in the national food business, with subsidies continuing to grow. The worst part is that the crops being subsidized are almost always genetically modified and pose a health risk to the environment and humankind.

Corn may be the crop utilized most poorly in the country. The corn being produced is actually specifically created for purposes of adding certain ingredients (many of which are toxic) into the food supply. One such ingredient is high fructose corn syrup, which has been found to contain mercury and cause cancer, and resides in many products such as ketchup, cereals, and beverages. Shockingly, it has nearly replaced sugar in all sodas and soft drinks.

Then there is corn starch, corn gluten meal, hydrolyzed corn protein, and corn syrup which can all be found in snacks like cookies. Lastly, corn is used to feed conventionally fed animals to prompt weight gain and hasten their slaughter weight. Unfortunately, these animals’ digestive systems are not meant to digest corn, causing the animals to be fed antibiotics.

In addition to corn lies soybeans, another crop heavily subsidized by the U.S. government. Today, the U.S. produces at least 75% of all soybeans grown worldwide, with an increase of about 10 million acres produced between 2007 and 2011. Total subsidies for soybeans between 1995 and 2010 totaled $24.3 billion, making it 3rd on the list of top products subsidized. Unfortunately this heavily subsidized crop is no less genetically modified than corn, with nearly 93% of US soybeans being genetically modified in order to resist powerful weed-killers.

These genetically modified crops pushed by the government are said to reduce pesticide usage and be completely safe according to U.S. government agencies. But more than enough evidence has shown these touted benefits to be false claims, and the heavily subsidized, genetically modified junk food pushed on the population has only been shown to be a threat to your health.

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  6. Domino’s Pizza Receives $12 Million Government Bailout, Experts Warn of Global Food Riots

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Anonymous said...

If HFCS were toxic we would all be dead. But instead our health has improved and our life expectancy has increased every year. Therefore there is more evidence HFCS is healthy.

If junk food caused obesity then we would all be obese. Genetics cause obesity. People whose genes make them fat become obese no matter what they eat.

Nurse Ratchet said...

Life expectancy has increased due to advances in medicine and all the preservatives in food. I stopped eating junk food and drinking soda and lost 40 lbs. Stop using genetics for a crutch, fattie. Get off the couch, ditch the diet soda and ho-hos and go for a walk.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure if the comment above is supposed to be ironic or we have someone who is shockingly uneducated posting on this site. Go read Bruce Lipton and learn about Epigenetics. Environment overrides genes in nearly all cases. Life expectancy is actually on the way down in recent years as well as overall quality of life. Stop drinking fluoridated water and educate yourself. It would be beneficial to stop buying into the lie you are a victim of bad genes and take control over your life.

Anonymous said...

Preservatives in food have nothing to do with increased life expectancy!

Anonymous said...

Genetics is a part of it but it still boils down to you are what you eat. Your body doesn't produce fat from air. If you are predisposed to gaining weight you need to control your food intake and burn more calories. The "I'm big boned" excuse doesn't make it.

Anonymous said...

NUTRITION IS THE KEY.....NOT GENETICS! Exercise and proper nutrition is the truth of it....even professional bodybuilders will tell you, nutrition is the major part of their progress and success...Frank Zane, Chris Dickerson, Franco Columbo, Larry Scott...all had what you would say were 'inferior genetics' but they are all champions and arguably better than modern day champs today!

Anonymous said...

For the two people who just posted that our life expectancy is increasing.....you need to start educating yourself..you post is IGNORANT! .our generation is living longer but our kids will die younger because of all the chemicals and poison in our food!!!! Toxins will eventually kill us from Cancer and other disease...

Anonymous said...

I would appreciate if Activist Post would delete these idiots who post junk food has nothing to do with obesity...

Natural said...

"Anonymous said...
If HFCS were toxic we would all be dead. But instead our health has improved and our life expectancy has increased every year. Therefore there is more evidence HFCS is healthy."
There's just no cure for STUPIDITY - is there!
HFCS is the main reason Type 2 Diabetes is increasing in children at alarming rates...ever heard of "research"? Pandora's box has been opened, sheeple. Reap the whirlwind! JUNK FOOD WILL KILL YOU - FAST! If you manage to make it to age 50 - you'll wish you hadn't!

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