Tax Payer Dollars Going To Subsidize Bad Food

There are lots of things wrong with the government and this blog isn’t the place where I want to really talk about them.  What I do want to talk about though is how our hard earned tax dollars are going to subsidize certain crops that then get turned into nearly all the junk food we have today.  This video doesn’t talk about things that I wasn’t aware of, but the stats and the way they present the information sure got me angry to the point where I want to take action.

I really don’t care that food manufacturers make products that are unhealthy for us, just as long as they are honest with what is in it.  I believe we should be able to have the self control and knowledge to choose for our self.  I am pro business and don’t have a problem with companies like hostess making products that are very bad for you.  But I do have a problem with the fact that I am directly helping them cut their costs to make this product more affordable for everyone!

I find it ironic that we subsidize things that make us fatter and sicker, and then we are trying to find ways to fix our health care system that is broken because of the obesity epidemic.  I wonder if the lobbyist for the food manufacturers are also the same ones that lobby for the health care and drug companies?

If we are going to subsidize anything I think it should be things much healthier then corn and soybeans.

So what can we do about this?

First you can go to www.calpirg.org and take action through their site.

But much more important then that, you can vote each and every day by where you spend your money.  Do you buy processed foods or do you buy from local growers and small farmers, and buy more fresh foods then preserved food?  Yes it will probably cost you a little more in the short term, but either way you will pay.

-You will pay with higher medical bills

-More sicks days from work

-More frequent purchasing of larger clothes

-More spent on medications

-Higher insurance rates

-And probably most importantly teaching your kids unhealthy eating and living habits.

I recently had a great story about a mom with 7 kids who changed what she bought and turned her whole family around to one of health and wellness on a tight budget.  Click here to read more about her story.

Hostess filed for bankruptcy a couple years ago because enough people said no, to their chemically laden toxins.  We have the power to vote everyday for what we believe in by choosing what to buy and what not to buy.  Walmart has started to incorporate organic foods in their stores.  They will give us what we want, we just need enough people to want the healthier foods.

I challenge you to forward this blog post to everyone you know so they can be educated as well and with more of us being educated on the problems and solutions to the problems we will be able to see a shift in prices as well as the health of the country as a whole.  I rest my peace 🙂

Question of the Day:  How does this video and blog post make you feel?  Write your responses in the comment section below.

Comments

  1. I remember visiting http://urbanhomestead.org/ and learning about Monsanto and how scary these big agri-corporations are. It’s scary that government works this way. Imagine how different out country would be, in so many ways, if government backed common sense instead of big business.

  2. This is an important message. If people started to make the connection between HFCS and obesity, we could all start voting with our dollars and let big business know we want better for ourselves. Thanks for the call to action, Dustin. We need more voices like yours.

  3. The saying “If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem” comes to mind.

    I think that instead of subsidizing junk and unhealthy foods, there should be subsidies in place for foods such as organic vegetables, free range chickens, and grass fed cattle. Unfortunately, it’s all about the bottom line (and in some cases, the back pockets) for those on Capitol Hill.

  4. Sickening isnt it? Its pretty terrible that the government backs our messed up food industry. Everyone should watch the movie Food Inc. what an eye opener its along the same sort of lines as this clip. Again it comes down to money when if the government back healthy food options money would be saved in healthcare alone.. doesnt seem to be rocket science to me. Thanks for sharing.

  5. It all comes down to return on investment. What are we, as a society, purchasing when we subsidize junk food for economically challenged folks? Twinkies are pretty inexpensive at baseline (not that I’d know about such things). Fresh vegetables and fruits, decent quality proteins, and healthy (or healthi-ER) snacks are definitely NOT. Even for those of us with a decent job, fish is still pretty freaking expensive. So instead of subsidizing already-inexpensive junk food and getting nothing back but increasing obesity and rising health care costs (which we all share), how about providing an incentive to buy different foods that are healthier? How about providing this population with free drop-in classes on how to cook these items?

  6. UGH! Yes, it’s an ongoing frustration for me that it’s now the case that you have to be well-off to afford real food, and nearly everyone can afford junk. It used to be the case that if you could afford food, it was REAL food, and only the wealthy could afford junk.

    I hate that I have to choose between appropriate quality and appropriate quantity.

  7. Susan Missett-King says

    I don’t know if anyone’s mentioned this yet, but we could also support small, local, and organic farms by joining a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture. You buy a share of the farm and every week or every other week for half shares you get a box of fresh, locally produced organic vegetables, fruits, and sometimes flowers. Madison has an abundance of choices for CSAs. You can google MACSAC or CSA in Madison,WI to come up with a list. The initial payment can look intimidating (mine was over $200) but think about how much money you spend each year in produce. You’re basically just paying it up front and getting the produce “free” for the rest of the season. I don’t make a lot of money but I’ve found this to be a good investment. I really encourage people to check it out. The farms often have family friendly events like picnics, pick your own strawberries, or a day of helping out around the farm to help pay off your share. This is nice for people who want to take action but are not politically motivated.

  8. yes that is disgusting. Reminds me of the documentary Food, Inc. Together we can make a difference. Dustin, I think with your presence in the market you can inform people and find out who to contact / work with in government to stop this. Supporting these organizations will help…

    http://www.reapfoodgroup.org/about-reap/about-reap
    http://ewg.org/
    http://organicconsumers.org/monsanto/index.cfm

    Where you shop and what you buy shows how we vote as to what is important to us. Buy Local and fresh!
    Michelle

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