Ag Subsidies, New Food Guidelines Don't Add Up

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Jun 6, 2011
Megan Bedard is a sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, she likes writing about food almost as much as eating it.

Last week, the White House unveiled new nutrition guidelines with a pie-shaped icon called MyPlate.

Though many hailed it as an improvement to its predecessor—the cryptic food pyramid—there was one glaring discrepancy: the White House promotes fruits, veggies, and whole grains, while primarily subsidizing dairy and meat industries.

How misaligned is their preaching with their practice?

"[M]ore than 60 percent of agricultural subsidies in recent history have directly and indirectly supported meat and dairy production," according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PRCM), who released the infographic above. "Less than 1 percent have gone to fruits and vegetables."

Go here for the full article by PCRM.

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