Mark Bittman on Farm Subsidies
Think Americans have a right to eat what they want? Think again.
Federal farm subsidies have pushed the consumer cost of certain agricultural products (corn as cheap animal feed and HFCS and soy) low, which makes it “cheaper” to drink a soda or fast food burger than to eat a healthful sandwich. So, when consumers make their food choices based on cost, the low-end of the spectrum is usually always government-subsidized.
Food writer and cookbook author has some good ideas about this in this essay posted yesterday on the New York Times website.