The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends we all eat 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day.
That’s nice. But guess what? If everyone followed those guidelines, there wouldn’t be to go around.
That’s because the Farm Bill, that massive piece of legislation that determines how in tax dollars is spent to shape our food system, favors subsidies that support processed, GMO junk foods, over healthy, nutrient-dense vegetables.
Once every five years, the Farm Bill comes up for reauthorization, giving Congress a chance to rewrite it. This year, 2018, it’s up again.
If Congress wants to help reduce malnutrition and diet-related disease, it should include legislation in the Farm Bill to encourage the production of more organic vegetables—instead of considering nonsense proposal’s like Trump’s “” which would force-feed nutrient-poor processed () foods to SNAP recipients.
It’s time to stop letting Congress use the Farm Bill to the richest landowners growing monocultures of pesticide-drenched genetically engineered grains used to make high fructose corn syrup, ethanol and feed for animals in factory farms.