|Rank||Program||Number of Recipients|
|4||Conservation Reserve Program||448,132||$1,866,558,139|
|6||Dairy Program Subsidies||50,848**||$1,148,283,594|
We know that carbohydrates make us fat and grains are the greatest source of carbohydrate in the Standard American Diet (SAD). Based on the fact that the majority of our subsidies go to grains and the fact that the lower the income the greater the chance of being obese, wouldn't people in power stop and think that maybe the poor are consuming what they can afford, cheap grain foods?"There is a very strong correlation between adult obesity rates and socioeconomic status. Among individuals earning less than $15,000 per year, 35.3 percent were obese compared to 24.5 percentof adults earning $50,000 or more per year."
Besides handing out subsidies, the USDA also makes the dietary recommendations for our country. In 2005, they recommended that Americans should eat more and a greater variety of fruits and vegetables. Why didn't this governing body then subsidize the heck out of fruits and vegetables to make them more affordable and accessible? This would be the perfect example of put your money where your mouth is. (pun intended)
So unhealthy food is cheap because our government pays the farmers to grow it. This same food is then consumed in high quantities because of it's ease of access. As a result, our country continues to get fatter and sicker. When will these people look at the facts and realize they continue to make the problem worse? Why not subsidize real foods like naturally raised fruits, vegetables, and livestock?
In the meantime, please do not get your dietary advice from these myopic bureaucrats. If more people choose real foods, the prices will come down with or without their subsidies.