The “obesity epidemic” (to the extent there is an epidemic, a premise I reject) is usually blamed on fast food/soda companies and their marketing schemes. But maybe government policies promoting food production are more to blame than Big Macs and Coca-Colas.
Via Mark Perry:
In our modern economy, hard manual labor is a daily reality for only a small part of the population. Our day-to-day lives are less menial thanks to technological advancements too numerous to mention here. We’re more affluent, too. Despite the insistence of the class warriors in the Occupy Wall Street movement and the Democrat party, American households spend less on the necessities and more on fun and pleasure than ever before.
So maybe it’s time to admit that we don’t need agriculture subsidies any more. Food is cheaper and more plentiful than ever before. We aren’t a nation with a hunger problem. We’re a country with a waistline problem (and an annual budget deficit running well over $1 trillion.
End the subsidies and help balance the budget.