Do Farm Subsidies Cause Obesity?

A new report by Food and Water Watch and the Public Health Institute challenges the belief that farm subsidies are an important cause of obesity. “It’s convenient to blame farmers for making Americans fatter, rather than putting the blame squarely on the corporations that lobbied for the deregulation that led to overproduction of cheap corn and soy,” said Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch. “Cutting subsidies without fixing commodity policies will do nothing to address the overabundance of heavily advertised junk food in our country or help more people access healthy foods, but it could have a devastating impact on the thousands of small to midsize family farmers who rely on subsidies to stay afloat.”