A double cheeseburger, 2-liter bottle of soda, candy bars, and chips can all be purchased for under $1. Tomatoes can cost a few dollars, and organic tomatoes can cost close to $4. To eat healthy food is expensive; to eat cheap food is convenient and easy, but it is not the best option for your health.
Before 1970, the United States government paid farmers not to grow corn in order to maintain the delicate balance between the price of and demand for grain. Now farmers are being paid to produce more corn than we can eat. Excess corn can be turned into bio-fuel, used as animal feed, or processed into food additives such as High Fructose Corn Syrup (Corn Sugar), preservatives, and emulsifiers. Using these fillers in processed food products instead of other ingredients makes these foods cheaper and longer lasting, but also lacking in nutrition, often leaving the body feeling hungry, despite a greater intake of calories.
Although this system produces cheap food, the cost to the environment, personal health, and other long term costs is incalculable. To learn more about subsidies, visit the Environmental Working Group’s National Farm Subsidy Database.
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