In this chapter of that larger tragicomedy, lawmakers whose campaigns are underwritten by agribusinesses have used billions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize those agribusinesses’ specific commodities (corn, soybeans, wheat, etc.) that are the key ingredients of unhealthy food. Not surprisingly, the subsidies have manufactured a price inequality that helps junk food undersell nutritious-but-unsubsidized foodstuffs like fruits and vegetables. The end result is that recession-battered consumers are increasingly forced by economic circumstance to “choose” the lower-priced junk food that their taxes support. – David Sirota, at Alternet
I can’t believe Alternet published this story. This is progress. In the US, healthy food (such as what you find at Whole Foods) is ostensibly more expensive than just dropping in at McDonald’s and buying a Big Mac. Why? Because government pays to make it so. Why? Because the big corporations that sell the ingredients of junk food bribe Uncle Sam.
That’s why everyone is so fat. Because the US government has made it cheaper to eat crap. And, of course, people respond to these incentives.
Then why does healthy food appear to be so expensive relative to our take-home pay? Because wages have been stagnant for 40 years in real terms. Because the Federal Reserve has eroded the purchasing power of the dollar by 96% or more since it was established in 1913. That’s why.
Now you see how these things fit together and why it’s so important to wrench monopoly control of the currency from the US government and the central bankers.