Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

All you can eat...

Very interesting article in the NY Times, about how the nature of US farm subsidies encourage economic conditions which cause a huge glut of grain. The article connects the economic dots, and makes it clear what that means for the United States -- a culture of overconsumption.

Some of the problems which are made worse through the effects of US agricultural subsidies include:

- Increased obesity.
- Increased sugar consumption. (esp. corn syrup.)
- Increased 3rd world poverty.
- Soil erosion / exhaustion.
- Small farm failures.
- An increase in highly processed foods.

Is there a way to fix this mess? Not sure. It does seem like it deserves some serious attention, however.

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