Why Big Macs are cheaper than Salads
Many people wonder WHY this is. The reason is simple and very well documented and governed by the U.S. Farm Bill.
The Farm Bill governs what children are fed in schools, what food assistance programs get distributed, and it provides BILLIONS of dollars in subsidies. Most of the billions go to huge agribusinesses ~ the producers of animal feed crops such as corn and soy. By pouring money into these industries our government supports the profitability and success of the meat and dairy industries. Fruit and vegetable farmers receive 0.37% of the total ~ less than 1% of ALL food subsidies.
This complete imbalance makes meat and dairy artificially cheap ~ so Americans end up consuming more of it than we should ~ making us fatter and unhealthier than we should be.
Many people wonder WHY our government continues to favor agribusiness ~ spending billions on cattle and other livestock, resulting in billions of more dollars wasted on unnecessary medical bills associated with obesity ($147 billion to be exact!) while allowing family farms to die a slow death.
Our government favors agribusiness because the majority of Americans have no idea what's going on...so when the Farm Bill decisions are made and passed we give the hundreds of agribusiness lobbyists free reign to negotiate, convince, and sway our government.
The Food and Water Watch org explains: Many unchecked corporate agribusiness mergers have crushed small farmers. The disappearance of small-scale, independent livestock auctions, grain mills, slaughterhouses and food processing plants has made it difficult for small farmers to sell their food. This has left a handful of big corporations in control of our food and a lack of choice in the supermarket.
President Obama is now considering implementing fair livestock marketing rules that will force big meat companies to stop exploiting small farmers. As expected, corporate agribusiness is lobbying hard to stop these good rules from being implemented.
It's time to support protections for small and mid-sized farmers so that farmers can live a life of dignity and more people can have (and afford) healthier food choices. You can take action here and make a difference...one of us at a time. Thank you :)