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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.

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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