Why does a salad cost more than a burger? Part of the problem is that school lunch programs and other food assistance programs are used as dumping grounds for agricultural commodities. When meat or cheese prices fall, the government boosts farm income by buying up millions of dollars worth of these products and sending them to schools and other food programs. Livestock companies get rich, while public health and animals suffer.
We now have the chance to change things. The Farm Bill, which includes the blueprints for agricultural subsidies and food assistance programs, comes up for renewal this fall. Certain helpful amendments will be proposed that would cut subsidies for unhealthful foods and would bring vegetables and fruits into nutrition programs. Call or write your senators now and let them know how you feel.
Follow these links for more information:
from Farm Sanctuary: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/campaign/DC_may07.htm