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The Los Angeles Times reports that a new study, entitled “Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food,” suggests that “among the billions of dollars spent each year in federal subsidies for commodity crops, a steady flow of these taxpayer dollars are going to support high fructose corn syrup and three other common food additives used in junk food.”

The story goes on: “From 1995 to 2010, $16.9 billion in federal subsidies went to producers and others in the business of corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and soy oils,” or enough to buy 19 Twinkies for each taxpayer per year. By comparison, the report says, “federal subsidies for fresh produce would cover only a few bites of an apple per taxpayer a year.”

The study was conducted by by CALPIRG and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund.
KC's View:
Seems to me that at a time when everybody is looking for ways to shrink the size of government, eliminating these kinds of subsidies makes perfect sense - especially at a time when there seems to be agreement in many quarters that the nation’s obesity epidemic is creating a health care crisis and adding to our economic woes.

This represents an easy $17 billion cut in the federal budget. At least, IMHO.