Essay on Poverty & Obesity

2524 Words Nov 12th, 2012 11 Pages
Connection between Poverty and Obesity

English 135
DeVry University

Farm subsidy payments are over $10 billion and are authorized to make payments to people “who aren’t even farmers anymore” (Morgan, Gaul, Cohen, 2006, para. 3). This has been going on, in some cases, over 10 years (para. 6). As long as you owned the farmland, you don’t even have to be growing anything and you would continue to receive a subsidy check (para. 3). Bottom line is all these billions of dollars in government subsidies contribute to lowering the cost of processed foods; not a good occurrence if you have low-income and cannot afford the high cost of healthier foods. The processed foods are so cheap to buy and are the unhealthiest that can be
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2). See the graph below showing subsidy payment amounts going back to 2002:
Table 1. Government payments, 2002-2012f

Note: Adapted from ERS/USDA Briefing Room - Farm Income and Costs: Farms Receiving Government Payments, 2012, Feb 13. Retrieved from http: www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/FarmIncome/nationalestimates.htm

With money like that you can only imagine the their strength in the politics of it all, but at the same time, an organization this big can easily turn into a monster and can become difficult to manage in direction, cause, and purpose. According to Edwards (2009): The extensive federal welfare system of subsidies to farm and farm landowners is costly to taxpayers and it also creates distortions in the economy. Subsidies induce farmers to overproduce, which pushes down prices and creates political demands for further subsidies. …the flow of subsidies from Washington hinders farmers from innovating, cutting costs, diversifying their land use, and taking the actions needed to prosper in a competitive global economy (para. 9). The main theme that Edwards is getting at is the subsidy system is out of control and “it pushes down prices” (para. 9) of unhealthy foods and putting healthy food costs out of reach for the poor. He argues, “That seven

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