Organic Consumers Association

Tell Congress: Subsidize Healthy Foods, Not Junk Foods!

veggies, fruits and nuts on a tableOctober 16 is World Food Day. It’s also the day that Monsanto and its agrochemical cronies will be in Iowa, celebrating the bounties of industrial agriculture (in other words, their massive profits) at corporation-run “World Food Prize” events.

We think there are better ways to celebrate World Food Day. One of them is this: demand that Congress stop propping up Monsanto’s degenerative agriculture, and start supporting an organic regenerative food and farming system that produces healthy food, and heals the planet.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to fix the U.S. obesity and diet-related disease problem by shifting federal farm subsidies from junk food crops to organic produce. Fill in the form on this page to send an email to your Senators and Representatives.

Have you ever wondered why genetically modified, pesticide-drenched, over-fertilized, hyper-processed foods are cheaper than organic foods grown without these expensive inputs?

The answer is simple. These crops, destined to become refined carbohydrates, sweeteners, fats and feed for animals imprisoned in factory farms, get about $20 billion in Farm Bill subsidies every year.

Organic produce and pasture-raised animal products get no direct support.

According to a study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Farm Bill crop subsidies contribute significantly to obesity and diet-related disease.

U.S. eaters get more than half of their calories from subsidized crops. People who consume the highest percentage of their total calories from subsidized foods are more likely to be obese, have a larger waist circumference, worse inflammation, more “bad” cholesterol and higher blood sugar than those who consume the lowest.

A recent (comprehensive and global) study says poor diet kills one in five of us.

The Farm Bill is a massive piece of farm policy legislation Congress passes once every five years. The next one is being debated now and should be voted on by the end of next year.

It’s time to stop subsidizing Monsanto, and start supporting organic farmers who grow pesticide-free fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, and produce pasture-raised milk, meat and eggs.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to fix the U.S. obesity and diet-related disease problem by shifting federal farm subsidies from junk food crops to organic produce.


 

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