Corn and it’s Stranglehold on the Food Industry

In continuation of our discussion of our broken American food system, the above infographic is a great visual that shows the connection between the subsidies for corn and the influence these subsidies have on the quality of food in the market.

The USDA says fruits and vegetables should fill about half of our plates during meal times. However, the top five subsidized crops are corn, wheat, soybeans, cotton, and rice. The largest 10% of farms received an average of $30,751 per farm per year between 1995 and 2010. The bottom 80% of farms received an average of $587 per farm per year in the same period. Only minor amounts of Farm Bill funding support organic and sustainable farms. -Food Day resources

Tomorrow is Food Day, whether you are able to attend an organized Food Day event or not, all of us can become more aware of what we are eating, where it comes from, and the implications of how and what we eat have on the the larger food system as a whole. World Food Day this year celebrated food co-ops,  and the role they will play in feeding a global population.  Food co-ops and supporting small family farms is a much healthier choice than relying on GM foods to increase the food supply, plus it is great for your local economy and better for the environment since foods do not have to be pumped full of chemical preservatives to ensure freshness while being shipped across great distances to reach your table.
Do what you can to promote healthy, affordable, and sustainable food…I would love to hear how YOU plan to celebrate Food Day, leave a comment!

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Infographic by: Column Five Media. Browse more Food infographics.

 

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