Food Pricing, Obesity and Government Policy

Is U.S. Farm Policy Feeding Obesity Epidemic?

We found this a very compelling question posted by Frank Morris at NPR in “All Things Considered”:

…roughly $15 billion in annual subsidies that the federal government gives to farmers encourages them to grow too much grain. As a result, the theory goes, prices drop, food gets cheaper and we end up eating too much.

It seems like a simple equation. But the truth is rarely simple.

What role do government policies play in food pricing and how does this affect the average American, who on average, only spends 10% of their money on food.


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