The High Price of Cheap Food

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Bryan Walsh, who wrote the cover story for the August 31st issue of Time magazine, "Getting Real About the High Price of Cheap Food," tells us about the high cost of cheap food. Somewhere in Iowa, a pig is being raised in a confined pen, packed tightly with other swine. He’s dosed with antibiotics and fed American corn that was grown with the help of government subsidies and millions of tons of chemical fertilizer. The pig waste on the factory farm goes into manure lagoons that create air pollution and a putrid stench in neighboring communities. When the pig is slaughtered, he'll become sausage or bacon that will sell cheaply, feeding an American addiction to meat that has contributed to an obesity epidemic currently afflicting more than two-thirds of the population.

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