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Big Macs vs. Salads

Interesting piece of governmental schizophrenia from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

You may comment that their image shows the much outdated food pyramid, so here below we show you the much improved MyPlate. As you can see, the subsidies still don’t measure up:

Ok, so maybe you think all this ‘Free Market’ talk is bunk and that the government should be allowed to impose quotas, taxes, tariffs and subsidies because it knows what’s best for us, like our mothers. This mother, however, is telling us to eat our veggies while placing a Big Mac in front of us.

* You may also comment that the graphic shows Federal subsidies from 1995-2005 but, while the newest form of the Farm Bill is the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, the amount of subsidies for these categories has not changed. Only subsidies for biofuels has increased.

Dying Early

A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington has shown that, while most of the United States have been living longer and longer, certain parts have been experiencing a decline in life expectancy. This phenomenon has been concentrated in counties in Appalachia and in the South. It has been particularly evident in the female segment of the population, with 19% of them experiencing a decline or stagnation in life expectancy.

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