Sunday, December 14, 2008

Food Sense

I know that this whole "the government subsidizes corn, which means it subsidizes high fructose corn syrup which means it subsidizes obesity" drum has been beaten to death already, and the case has already been laid out very well in books by the likes of Michael Pollan.

But in his editorial last week, Nicholas Kristof puts a slightly different spin on it that I think makes for some worthwhile reading.  He adds details, such as the fact that he, as an owner of farmland in Oregon and a successful journalist, is paid $500 per year by the government not to farm his land.  And he calls for some fairly concrete change with respect to the Agriculture Department by the Obama administration.  Interesting stuff, and nice to see it in a mainstream publication such as the New York Times.

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