I am sure you have heard about the new MyPlate from the USDA, but have you heard about the Power Plate from the Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM)? The Power Plate clearly demonstrates healthy nutrition. The USDA’s new plate diagram is a step in the right direction from the old MyPyramid, but the MyPlate still has the protein portion which is unnecessary, because beans, whole grains, and vegetables are loaded with protein. And, as Dr. Neal Barnard writes, “it is a shame that MyPlate reserves a special place for dairy products, which are packed with fat and cholesterol and may increase the risk of health problems ranging from asthma to some types of cancer. There are many more healthful sources of calcium.” The Seattle weight loss and Bainbridge Island weight loss program Slender For Life™ supports Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. John McDougall in their efforts for a healthy America.
Power to the Plate: Food Subsidies Should Reflect New USDA Dietary Advice
But for taxpayers and members of Congress, the new plate has a special significance. There’s a stark contrast between the USDA’s plate and federal food subsidies. While the USDA’s plate encourages fruit and vegetable consumption and advises Americans to limit high-fat products like meat and cheese, federal agriculture subsidies do exactly the opposite: They spend billions of dollars promoting production of high-fat, high-calorie food products.
In recent history, the federal government has spent about $16 billion a year on agricultural subsidies. Less than 1 percent has gone to fruits and vegetables.
These figures are especially galling when you realize that the taxpayer-funded food system is literally making us sick. More than 60 percent of the deaths in the United States are caused by heart disease, cancer, and other diet-related diseases. Approximately 68 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. In 2008, the direct medical costs associated with obesity added up to $147 billion.
It’s time for Congress to fix this problem and address our country’s epidemics of obesity and other health problems.
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I keep saying that it is time that we vote with our wallets and stop buying food that makes us sick. It is time for healthcare reform in America: It is time for each of us to take responsibility for our health with healthy food and exercise. Put the power of plant-based food on your plate.
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