Who’s your daddy?
If you care at all about food and where it comes from, do yourself a favor and read Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan’s “You Are What You Grow” published in the Earth Day edition of The New York Times Magazine.
It’s a very readable essay against the Farm Bill’s stranglehold on the US agricultural economy and food markets and, and by extension, much of the world’s. Basically, the US offers vast subsidies to encourage overproduction of corn, wheat, soy, rice, and cotton. The surpluses are dumped in school lunches or undermine foreign markets. And prices for our food are viciously skewed. As Pollan writes, “the real price of fruits and vegetables between 1985 and 2000 increased by nearly 40 percent while the real price of soft drinks (a.k.a. liquid corn) declined by 23 percent.”