Will eliminating farm subsidies contribute to a decline in U.S. public health issues? Alston responds.
Obesity and diabetes rates in the United States are higher than ever before, and caught in the middle are millions of Americans who are trying to make the best decisions for their family's dinner table. What is driving this phenomenon? Food System Expert Dr. Julian M. Alston, from the University of California-Davis, examines one theory which some believe to be a driver of these serious health issues.
Check out Dr. Alston's analysis of the claim: "A major cause of high and rising obesity rates is the fact that food has become much more abundant and cheaper, mainly because of farm support and subsidy programs. Eliminating farm subsidies would contribute significantly to reducing obesity and associated health problems such as diabetes."