Big governments control more than just your pocketbook and basic freedoms. In the United States, the foods that our government subsidizes has a direct effect on YOUR health, and unfortunately, the effect is usually a negative one.
It is no secret that the United States spends more on health care than any other country in the industrialized world, by a long shot. U.S. doctors treat diseases that are directly influenced by the diets of Americans. However, it might come as a surprise to know that the foods that our government subsidizes are direct contributors to the diseases that kill so many Americans every year.
Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. And that is no wonder because 66% of Americans are obese. Diets high in processed foods, red meats and high fructose corn syrup are routinely linked to the deadliest medical conditions suffered by Americans in the United States. One study puts the number of deaths every year in the United States, caused by high fructose corn syrup, at 42,000. Another study proves that countries with more corn syrup have much higher rates of diabetes – about 20% higher, in fact.
The data is endless. The diets of Americans are killing us.
The larger problem is our government directly subsidizes these diets and the very foods that cause America’s deadly diseases and skyrocket the cost of health care. The majority of taxpayer-funded subsidies go to growers of corn. Unfortunately, farms that produce corn are not exactly enabling corn-on-the-cob dinners for most Americans. Instead, it’s high fructose corn syrup that gets produced from these farms.
The government’s own food pyramids have stressed the need for fruits and veggies in our diets. But the money our government spends on corn and grain farms (used to feed animals that will turn into tasty pork and steak dinners) stands in remarkable contrast to its own recommendations. The problem is calorie-rich McDonalds meals are so much cheaper than fresh vegetables at your local grocery store. These subsidies are the reason why.
And don’t forget: our government also runs school-lunch programs that are influenced by the unhealthy consumables that they subsidize. From a grade-school age, our kids are taught to look towards high calorie, carbohydrate-heavy foods for their meals. Childhood obesity, anyone?
According to a study by the US Public Interest Research Group, a whopping $17 billion was spent by the government subsidizing foods that go into making unhealthy consumables like corn starch and corn syrup. Data collected by the Environmental Working Group reveals $84 billion has been spent on corn subsidies since 1995. Compare that with apple subsidies at $261 million, or oat subsidies, at $278 million.
Why are healthier foods so far down the list of government subsidies while unhealthy foods like corn syrup, red meat and dairy are so high? Why does our government insist on using taxpayer money to fund consumables that kill thousands of Americans every year and keep doctors and pharmaceutical companies wealthy and busy?
Actually, I think I just answered my own question.