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Old 11-09-2010, 11:11 PM
daveh daveh is offline
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Default Re: The Disgusting/Delicious Divide (Jamelle Bouie & Katherine Mangu-Ward)

In the cheese segment, it appears that both of them think that there are subsidies which lower the retail price of certain foodstuffs. I'm not familiar with every single program, but isn't it the fact that most if not all of them are actually price support programs, i.e. that the government purchases crops, dairy, etc. in order to keep the price up? The surplus is then distributed to schools, to poor Americans, and overseas. So, I don't see these programs as lowering, but rather raising, retail prices.

The other thing that bugs me about these two and the blogging on this issue is some assumption that the government is in some position to know what's good to eat. The expanding waistlines basically began when the government started getting involved in this issue and every turn seems to be pouring gasoline on the fire, e.g., the food pyramid, etc. While everyone agrees that anyone can get by without Coke, the fact is that the obesity epidemic tracks the introduction and consumption of Diet Coke.
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