Gov't group blasted for subsidizing junk food over apples

September 21, 2011 8:30:25 PM PDT
A consumer advocacy group is taking aim at junk fod.

The California Public Interest group published a report criticizing federal farm subsidies that it says makes buying a Twinkie cheaper than purchasing an apple.

CALPIRG says that in the last 15 years, $260 billion went to subsidize corn and soybeans, used to make high fructose corn syrup and vegetable oils, which is often found in junk food.

At the same time, around 1/100th of that amount went to subsidizing apples.

"The last thing we should be doing is providing billions of dollars to make junk food artificially cheap," said Austin Price of CALPIRG. "It's driving up medical costs by hundreds of millions of dollars and putting the youth of the country in serious risk."

CALPIRG blames increased snaking on cheap junk food for a tripling of childhood obesity rates during the last 30 years.

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