Poverty & Obesity

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Connection between Poverty and Obesity

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DeVry University

Farm subsidy payments are over $10 billion and are authorized to make payments to people “who aren’t even farmers anymore” (Morgan, Gaul, Cohen, 2006, para. 3). This has been going on, in some cases, over 10 years (para. 6). As long as you owned the farmland, you don’t even have to be growing anything and you would continue to receive a subsidy check (para. 3). Bottom line is all these billions of dollars in government subsidies contribute to lowering the cost of processed foods; not a good occurrence if you have low-income and cannot afford the high cost of healthier foods. The processed foods are so cheap to buy and are the unhealthiest that can be
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10)! Edwards actually calls for the “repeal of farmer subsidies” and claims “agriculture would thrive without subsidies” (para 40). He further claims that: It is normal for people to fear economic change, but many industries have been radically reformed in recent decades with positive results, including the airline, trucking, telecommunications and energy industries. If farm subsidies were ended, and agriculture markets deregulated and open to entrepreneurs, farming would change – different crops would be planted, land usage would change…. But a stronger and more innovative industry would likely emerge having greater resilience to shocks and downturns (para. 40). I agree with Edwards as he makes a good argument that if other companies can survive economic change without a bailout, why can’t the farm industry do the same? He also states the whole system is practically corrupt because of political involvement in the process as the “many legislators have an interest in increasing the USDA’s budget” (para. 6). The whole system needs reform and subsidies need to be reduced or repealed. Another reason to reduce the government subsidies is because another by-product of corn that is produced in overabundance is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), which has replaced pure cane sugar because it is cheaper to produce (Pollan, p. 104). What is HFCS? High-fructose corn syrup contains fructose and sucrose,
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