15 May '11, 8pm

A Farm Bill to improve our health: And as it stands today, it “makes unhealthy foods cheap, and healthy foods ex...

A Farm Bill to improve our health: And as it stands today, it “makes unhealthy foods cheap, and healthy foods ex...

“We need to get the Farm Bill renamed the Food and Farm Bill!” claimed Andrew Weil, M.D. , the celebrity integrative medicine guru, at a fund-raising dinner thrown this week in San Francisco by the Environmental Working Group . “It’s a hugely important piece of legislation that affects our health and the costs of health-care”, he added. One big function of the Farm Bill is to allocate subsidies to farmers. And as it stands today, it “makes unhealthy foods cheap, and healthy foods expensive”, as Andrew Weil pointed out. Fresh vegetable consumption has declined by nine pounds per person over the past ten years in the United States. Despite the Federal nutritional guidelines that recommend we eat five-to-nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day, taxpayers’ money has been channeled quasi-exclusively to promote commodity crops with no public health benefit whatsoever. And y...

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