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Food and Subsidies

Monday, November 07, 2011

Thomas Kostigen connects federal subsidies and American eating habits in his new book, The Big Handout: How Government Subsidies and Corporate Welfare Corrupt the World We Live In and Wreak Havoc on Our Food Bills

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Comments [7]

udo dirkenschneider from Fort Greene

Good work! Who is the brave president who can take on these evil powers?

Where is Obama? Do something!

The kind of law we need is one that makes it less profitable to drive or ship produce and meat over long distances. A tax because such transport has external costs.

Right?

Nov. 07 2011 11:54 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

It is nonsense to believe that the US agriculture needs subsidization, when the US has vast amounts of very fertile lands compared to most other countries. As for population, we are still one of the most UNDERPOPULATED countries in the world. Only the USSR and a few others have less population per square mile.

The UK for example, has been importing half of its food for well over a century now. There was once a need for countries to subsidize food for fear that during war they would be dependent. That is an argument that makes no sense in the 21st century.

Nov. 07 2011 11:41 AM
Stuart Brown from Dobbs Ferry, NY

This is not about food, but another reason to do away with ethanol subsidies is that this alcohol can wreak havoc on polymer parts such as seals, o-rings etc. used in the fuel systems of older vehicles. Owners of older cars and motorcycles often cannot find fuel without ethanol in it, and they face repair nightmares due to the alcohol destroying these little parts, which can often be hard to find replacements for.

Nov. 07 2011 11:41 AM
Molly from Brooklyn, NY

I was just wondering how feasible it would be to overhaul our system - to bring it back to smaller farmers made up of diverse crops and animals - making them more self sustaining in terms of fertilizer and healthier grass-fed animals. This seems to be the best solution for the environment and our as well as our animals' health, but it also seems an overwhelming task.

Nov. 07 2011 11:40 AM
The Truth from Becky

I do not like this "let 'em eat cake" attitude!

Nov. 07 2011 11:38 AM
Bobby G from East Village

Not only are the Big Agriculture subsidies costly, but the health care costs that treat the medical conditions that the subsidized diets cause are probably much more.

Nov. 07 2011 11:37 AM
Jane Griffin from New York City

Dear Mr. Kostigan,

How does an interested American voter find out the candidates in Congress who support food subsidies, i.e., corporations?

Thank you,

Jane Griffin

Nov. 07 2011 11:36 AM

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