The U.S. government is contributing to the nation’s expanding obesity problem by providing billions of dollars in agricultural subsidies to help produce junk food, according to a new report from the the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The report – Apples to Twinkies 2012 – reveals that out of the more than $277 billion American taxpayers spent on agricultural subsidies between 1995 and 2011, $18.2 billion went to four common food additives – corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and hydrogenated vegetable oils – that are common in junk food.
Apples, one of the few fresh fruits or vegetables that have a significant federal subsidy, received only $637 million in subsidies since 1995.
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