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Iowa PIRG

Taxpayer Subsidies Prop Up Junk Food Industry with Billions

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on September 21, 2011 - 3:20pm

Des Moines, IA – Amid debates over wasteful agricultural subsidy handouts to the top 10% of wealthiest farmers, federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup by the billions according to Apples to Twinkies, a new report by Iowa Public Interest Research Group (Iowa PIRG). Meanwhile, farmers growing fresh fruits and vegetables barely get a bite at the apple.

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