Weed it and Reap

Let's admit it, the farm bill is a snore. We have written a couple of posts that we thought would have TreeHuggers marching in the streets and not even a comment. It is so tedious that I missed Michael Pollan's article about it in the NY Times this morning. Our favourite omnivore writes:

Americans have begun to ask why the farm bill is subsidizing high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils at a time when rates of diabetes and obesity among children are soaring, or why the farm bill is underwriting factory farming (with subsidized grain) when feedlot wastes are polluting the countryside and, all too often, the meat supply. For the first time, the public health community has raised its voice in support of overturning farm policies that subsidize precisely the wrong kind of calories (added fat and added sugar), helping to make Twinkies cheaper than carrots and Coca-Cola competitive with water.

Read it and weep at ::New York Times

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