Report examines link between agriculture subsidies and junk food

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 3:40 PM

A new report published Tuesday afternoon takes a look at how tax dollars support junk food production through agriculture subsidies in the United States.

The Washington State Public Interest Research Group released its "Apples to Twinkies" 2013 report to show how agriculture subsidies and legislation like the Farm Bill contribute to childhood obesity in America.

The group tried to show the disparity between subsidies for junk food and subsidies for fresh produce using actual Twinkies and apples.

Federal subsidies for agriculture are subsidizing junk food additives like high-fructose corn syrup at a rate that would buy 20 Twinkies for each taxpayer each year, WashPIRG's report said.

Meanwhile, subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy only half of an apple per taxpayer.

Read more about the report's findings on WashPIRG's website.

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