Monday, September 26, 2011

Federal Subsidies For Junk Food

A new report reveals that Federal agriculture subsidies going disproportionately to producers of high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, and soy oils are effectively subsidizing Americans' purchases of fast food and junk food. According to THIS article in the Los Angeles Times, "If these agricultural subsidies went directly to consumers to allow them to purchase food, each of America's 144 million taxpayers would be given $7.36 to spend on junk food and 11 cents with which to buy apples each year."

On a related note, the man who invented Doritos in 1964 has just died at the age of 97.   His family made news by revealing that their funeral plans include, "tossing Doritos chips in before they put the dirt over the urn." Feels like there's a metaphor in there somewhere.

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