Ever wonder why cookies are cheaper than carrots, grape soda cheaper than grapes, and potato chips cheaper than potatoes?
It's because of big agribusiness subsidies, which have artificially lowered the cost of high-calorie, high fat foods at the expense of $245 billion taxpayer dollars. While unhealthy food prices continue to drop, fruits and vegetable prices have risen 40 percent in the last decade. It's no wonder we're struggling with childhood obesity - taxpayers are underwriting the prices that give school meal programs no other choice. As budget talks continue, we need to cut the fat by cutting subsidies that fund unhealthy food. Despite over $90 million in lobbying by industrial agribusiness, our very own Rep. Jeff Flake has been bold enough to introduce the REAPS Act, which would eliminate many of these subsidies. I applaud this step and encourage other representatives to stand up for our health and wallets as well.
Madeline Page, Tucson