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U.S. Farm Subsidy Policies Contribute to Worsening Obesity Trends

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  • A new study highlights how agricultural subsidies that favor corn, soy and grains are fueling the obesity epidemic, putting small farms out of business and discouraging sustainable, biodiverse farming
  • Farm subsidies are no longer based on need; mega-farms receive an annual fixed cash payment based upon the number of acres on the farm, which are given whether they need them or not
  • Large corporate farms receive the majority of farm subsidies while the bulk of small farmers receive little or none
  • Farm subsidies are already in the budget; redesigning the system to provide incentives to farmers growing healthy crops and using sustainable farming methods may help fight obesity and protect the environment

By Dr. Mercola

Agricultural policies in the US are contributing to the poor health of Americans, and, specifically, government-issued agricultural subsidies are worsening the US obesity epidemic, concluded a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.


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