Twinkies cheaper than carrots?

From John Robbins, on the Huffington Post:

“Why is Coca-Cola often more affordable than clean water? Why are candy bars and cigarettes often more readily available than fresh fruits and vegetables?

If you want to eat healthfully, you have to fight an uphill battle. Why are government subsidies pushing in the wrong direction?

Who would it hurt if we enacted policies that actually encouraged the foods that are healthiest for people and for our world? Who opposes the efforts to make it easier, rather than harder, for people to make healthy food choices?

Government Policy Consistently Favors Big Agribusiness

As I describe in my new book No Happy Cows, agrichemical companies, factory farms and junk food manufacturers are quite happy with things the way they are. Thanks to their lobbying clout, government policies consistently favor the financial interests of these special interests over public health, even though the result is trillions of dollars in additional health care expenses.

Here’s an example: In just the last two years, 24 states have considered legislation that would place a tax on soft drinks. These “soda taxes” would discourage consumption of drinks high in sugar, thus reducing obesity and health care costs. And they would also raise money that could be used to subsidize healthier foods. But in every single state, the legislation has been defeated. PepsiCo Inc., the Coca-Cola Company, and the American Beverage Association have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to determine the outcome….”

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6 responses to “Twinkies cheaper than carrots?

  1. Perhaps if there were NO government subsidies we would not have to have this discussion.

  2. Pingback: Twinkies cheaper than carrots? | The Bovine | Healthy Foods

  3. The government wants us fat and manageable. We are easier to control this way.

    • I concur – the health of the Western world is abysmal. Many conditions have increased in frequency by 1,000% or more in the last century. And we are programed not to think about the cause, but rather to give big pharma more money to look for the (drug) cure. God forbid we ever look at what we eat.

  4. Durable

    The obvious answer is they want us sick care now and dead soon. Most will look for other motives, reasons, due to cognitive dissonance. Man is evil, deal with it…

  5. On your – man is evil – observation Durable:

    “If men are good, you don’t need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don’t dare have one.”
    “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure.”
    “A limited government is a contradiction in terms.”
    ~Robert LeFevre

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