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Why a Big Mac Costs Less than a Salad

We knew that government subsidies to Big Agribusiness were screwed up, but we didn’t know how badly screwed up until we saw this chart from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (by way of TreeHugger).

Want to know why a Big Mac costs less than a salad? It’s because the US government prioritizes meat, dairy—even alcohol!—above fruits and vegetables. And by a huge margin.

From TreeHugger

In a classic case of contradictory government policy the…pyramids [below] clearly show the inverse relationship between federal government agriculture subsidies and federal nutrition recommendations. Originally published in 2007 by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in Good Medicine Magazine to outline the committee’s concern about the impending farm bill. The graphic recently resurfaced in food security circles and found its way to the Economix Blog @ The New York Times.

Read the whole article here.

 
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