Tell Youth the Truth About Politics and Disease
by Mary T. Hoffman - 27 October 2007
What does politics have to do with
disease? Well, besides the fact that political shenanigans are
disgusting and make me sick,J
the corruption of the Farm Bill promotes illness in the most vulnerable
– school-age children. How? Through the billions of dollars in subsidies
granted by Congress to huge agribusinesses for the production of meat
and dairy products, and the surplus cheese, milk, pork, and beef that
the government purchases for distribution to food assistance programs,
such as school lunches.
Yet recent federal subsidies for fruits
and vegetables are a trifling 0.37%. Compare that to the 73.80% handed
over to the huge, powerful, wealthy meat and dairy industries. We’re not
talking about small farmers here!
Is it any wonder that there is an
epidemic of obesity among children? And we all know what’s in store for
these children who learn to eat this artery clogging stuff early in life
– type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.
It’s time to demand that politicians stop
their money-grubbing ways and show some true concern for the people
they’re supposed to represent.
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