Does it make any sense to you that Twinkies are cheaper than carrots? It surely doesn’t make any sense at all to me. Government subsidies favor agrichemical companies, factory farms and junk food manufacturers. Thanks to their lobbying clout, government policies consistently favor the financial interests of these special interests over public health, even though the result is trillions of dollars in additional health care expenses. These subsidies aren’t just costing U.S. taxpayers and enriching big agribusiness. They are also having a devastating impact on the health of tens of millions of people. Americans are suffering from a high prevalence of obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. Although these conditions are largely preventable, they continue to harm millions of Americans and cause a mounting financial burden through health care costs. With all that we now know about nutrition, what kind of sense do these government policies make?

Chart courtesy of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Why Are Twinkies Cheaper Than Carrots?

The HUFFPOST Healthy Living, Posted: 06/01/2012 8:26 am, by John Robbins: Why is Coca-Cola often more affordable than clean water? Why are candy bars and cigarettes often more readily available than fresh fruits and vegetables?

If you want to eat healthfully, you have to fight an uphill battle. Why are government subsidies pushing in the wrong direction?

Who would it hurt if we enacted policies that actually encouraged the foods that are healthiest for people and for our world? Who opposes the efforts to make it easier, rather than harder, for people to make healthy food choices?

Food Revolution, Anyone?

The good news is that people are waking up, and you can join in the movement! Increasing numbers of people across partisan lines are calling for government policy to stop supporting the loudest lobbyists, and to start supporting the health of the population. And with the Farm Bill coming up for vote soon, this is a great time to get involved.

Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senators’ and/or representative’s office. Tell them the Farm Bill should invest in food that is healthy for people and the earth. Tell them that instead of cutting support for nutrition, conservation and anti-hunger programs, they should cut crop insurance programs that only benefit the largest and wealthiest agribusiness operations.

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is one of many organizations doing brilliant work on this issue in the U.S. Find out more and sign up to take action here.

Educate yourself by reading books like No Happy Cows. You’ll learn how to protect yourself in an age of predatory marketing. And your body will thank you for the rest of your life.

Obesity is preventable and as a nation we can no longer continue this national travesty. Healthcare Reform is not longer something to be debated and politicized. We must reform healthcare NOW. Healthcare reform begins with each of us taking responsibility for our own health care by eating plant-based food and by being active. You can also call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard today [(202) 224-3121 ] and tell your representatives that it is time to invest in food that is healthy. Do your part and invest in your health with plant-based food.

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