The U.S. Farm Bill governs what children are fed in schools and what food assistance programs can distribute to recipients. The bill provides billions of dollars in subsidies, much of which goes to huge agribusinesses producing feed crops, such as corn and soy, which are then fed to animals.
By funding these crops, the government supports the production of meat and dairy products--the same products that contribute to our growing rates of obesity and chronic disease. Fruit and vegetable farmers, on the other hand, receive less than 1 percent of government subsidies.
The government also purchases surplus foods like cheese, milk, pork, and beef for distribution to food assistance programs--including school lunches. The government is not required to purchase nutritious foods.
And the scandal continues. Government subsidy spending is inversely proportional to federal nutrition recommendations. The government is using your tax money to make you fat and sick, and then using more of your tax money to subsidize treatment programs that don't heal you. Obama promised to curtail these subsidies during his campaign, but so far they're still going up, not down.
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