On Tuesday Michelle Obama addressed an enthusiastic audience about health concerns facing Hispanic families in the U.S. The First Lady spoke eloquently about the importance of healthy choices in fighting debilitating lifestyle diseases, now distressingly prevalent even among our children — especially among Hispanic (and other minority) children. But framing childhood obesity as a choice-driven issue sells parents and kids way short, especially within economically marginalized communities. If we fail to address the underlying problems, we can’t begin to hope for actual progress.
The 2012 Farm Bill is currently being debated in Congress, and it’s going to have a massive impact on our food system from what farmers plant and grow, how they do it to grocery shelves and what’s on your dinner plate. But do you know the hidden costs obscured by the bill’s monster $500 billion price tag? And that between 2008 and 2010 the Farm Bill gave eight times more in subsidies to commodity crops than to fruits, nuts and vegetables? Find out what action consumers can take and check out this new infographic from TakePart.com.
I wrote back in June about the fact that the USDA doesn’t follow its own dietary advice.. when it comes to food subsidies. But a new report by the US Public Interest Research Group, “Apples to Twinkies,” puts more numbers to that. Here are some key ones: