More Federal Dollars Go To Twinkies Than Fruits And Vegetables
Hear me out: I’m not against eating Twinkies. Hell – eat what you want. But somehow this story doesn’t sound right.
In its efforts to curb the nation’s obesity epidemic, the U.S. government seems to be taking inspiration from the infamous Twinkie diet, with more federal dollars going to subsidize the production of junk food than to growing fresh fruits and vegetables.
In a report released last week, the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) revealed that from 1995 to 2010, $16.9 billion in American tax dollars went to subsidize production of four common junk food additives: corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, and soy oils (often processed to create hydrogenated vegetable oils).