Food Chain Radio: Why is the government Funding Fat?

By MetroFarm

In the last 15 years, the U.S. government used $17 billion of taxpayer money to subsidize production of corn starch, corn syrup and soy oil.  This leads us to ask…

Why are we funding fat?

This Saturday at 9am Pacific, the Food Chain Radio show with Michael Olson hosts Michael Russo, Policy Analyst for U.S. Public Interest Research Group, for a conversation about government farm subsidies.

Topics include why government subsidizes farm crops; why corn and soy are subsidized while broccoli and spinach are not; and whether  government subsidies are related to our pandemic of obesity.

Listen on your radio, computer or IPOD: Food Chain Radio.

2 responses to “Food Chain Radio: Why is the government Funding Fat?

  1. More and more people are becoming allergic to corn just like they are allergic to soy! Corn is in everything, because the farmer gets a subsubsidy, therefore more and more research has been down on what corn can be used for. I can’t eat anything from the stores, because of citric acid, lactic acid, or vinegar, which are made from corn are used to wash the fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat. The vitamins used to fortify flour, milk, cearal, rice and other products have some sort of corn in them. Other products that contain corn are salt, toilet paper, soap, and any other pre-made product also has some sort of corn. http://cornallergyaid.blogspot.com/

  2. Tax payer dollars should not be used to subsidize any thing that is not in constitution. End the subsidies and let the free market work. America should return to smaller local farms. End the tyranny of the big central planer government. Restore the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
    Remember freedom is not free. When good men do nothing evil men prevail.

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