In America, it's often cheaper for a family to eat fast food than purchase fresh produce. Michael says federal agricultural policies are to blame."We subsidize the fast food in the form of the $56 billion we spent over the last 10 years to subsidize corn, soy, wheat—just a handful of crops," he says. "We don't do anything to subsidize fresh produce."
This issue extends much farther than your local drive-thru. It's also affecting our local supermarkets. Michael says experiments have found that $1 can buy you 1,250 calories worth of food in processed food aisles. "Take the same dollar to the produce aisle? You will get only 250 calories of broccoli or carrots," he says. "We've made it rational to eat badly."
Published on January 21, 2010