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Why a Big Mac Costs Less than a Salad

Posted By dpacheco On March 16, 2010 @ 11:44 am In Food & Health,Garden & Agriculture,Politics & Social Justice | No Comments

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 [1]

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 [2] 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 [3].

Federal Subsidies Food Pyramid

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine [2]

Read the whole article here. [1]

 
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URL to article: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/why-a-big-mac-costs-less-than-a-salad-or-our-governments-screwed-up-priorities/

URLs in this post:

[1] TreeHugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/03/no-this-is-why-youre-fat.php?campaign=daily_nl

[2] Good Medicine Magazine: http://www.pcrm.org/magazine/gm07autumn/health_pork.html

[3] Economix Blog @ The New York Times: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/09/why-a-big-mac-costs-less-than-a-salad/

[4] Food and Prison: Grass-Fed Behind Bars?: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/food-and-prison-grass-fed-behind-bars/

[5] Sandor Katz on Protecting the Water Commons: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/sandor-katz-on-protecting-the-water-commons/

[6] Conscience vs. Consumerism: Skip the Supermarket and Support Local Food: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/conscience-vs-consumerism-skip-the-supermarket-and-support-local-food/

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