September 27 2010

IWF in the News: The First Lady's Health Food Push

Sabrina Schaeffer

If the White House - and its Democratic counterparts in Congress - really want to support healthy eating, it can't be through a speech to the National Restaurant Association. In fact, it's going to take more than a televised trip to the D.C. farmers' market or working in the White House organic garden.

If the first lady really wants to make a difference, she ought to speak out against our current agricultural policy - and the aggressive farm lobby - that encourages the production of a few staple crops at the expense of healthier fruits and vegetables. By manipulating the market, the federal government makes it desirable for more farmers to produce a few items like corn, wheat and soybeans. This leaves fewer farmers to produce everything else - driving the supply of fruits and vegetables down and the price up. It's a policy that hurts the consumer, who has fewer healthy choices at the grocery store and the burden of higher prices.

Mrs. Obama could help end the decades-long push for healthier eating by encouraging the federal government to get out of the business of agribusiness.

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