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End to Agricultural Subsidy or the Fat Tax

Comment 5th July 2010

The health service is creaking with the expense of dealing with obesity related ill health.

One cause of obesity is  "too cheap" food loaded with corn starch sugars.  Corn starch sugars are used in food production because they are subsidised.  Farmers grow rich, the poor grow fat, the NHS grows weary trying to square this circle

Why does this matter?

This idea is important because it would signal a start in real joined up government, rather than tinkering with personal choice and "education" strategies.

Smoking declined because of persistent tax increases.  It is time that food reflects the true cost of production so scrap the subsidies

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