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Patch’s Poll: Do You Care That CT Taxpayers Subsidizes More Twinkies Than Apples?

In 2011, $12.3 million in Connecticut taxpayer dollars went toward junk food subsidies and only $430,000 went toward apple subsidies, according to consumer organization ConnPIRG.

American taxpayers spent $277 billion in agriculture subsides between 1995 and 2011, money that goes to farmers who harvest crops like corn and soybeans.

But, according to a report put out by the organization ConnPIRG, roughly $18.2 billion of that overall subsidy figure went toward food additives, such as high fructose corn syrup, vegetable oils and other processed sweeteners.

“Thus, Americans’ tax dollars directly subsidize junk food ingredients,” the executive report stated.

Connecticut’s share of the subsidy amounted to around $12.3 million last year, of which $430,000 went toward apple subsidies.

Read a full breakdown of the report here.

By contrast, in that same 16-year time period, the federal government paid $637 million in subsidizes for apples, which is one of the few fresh fruits or vegetables that have significant federal subsidy, ConnPIRG said.

“To put that figure in perspective, $18.2 billion is enough to buy 2.9 billion Twinkies every year - 21 for every single American taxpayer,” the report read.

Also, that’s only about half an apple for those 21 Twinkies.

ConnPIRG gave its presentation on the issue during a press conference in New Haven this week. The New Haven Register has more on that story.

As a consumer, does this report bother you? Or do you think the farm subsidies are still necessary because those food additives may serve a larger purpose? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Karin Craig July 28, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Freedom, Liberty and the Right to Copy and Paste for all!
Daria Novak July 28, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Mike, LOL - get real. No need to cut and paste. The data is from the the USG! It's about Congressioanl spending! LOL Everyone is writing about this BAD legislation. The numbers are open source. You also can get them from CBO (Congressional Budget Office). Heritage and other think tanks all use the same USG numbers. Maybe you are unaware the DC think tanks are examining this bill closely because it is a great example of Congressional spending on steroids! The liberals are trying to spin the news these days so voters don't realize how bad Congressional spending is in 2012 and how it is bankrupting us taxpayers! Here are a few more sources that are talking about this same issue using the same Congressional numbers. If you don't like the spending numbers and want to attack, go after the congressmen who are voting for this stuff. www.snaptohealth.org/farm-bill-usda/u-s-farm-bill-faq http://www.humanevents.com/2012/07/16/rep-schweikert-farm-bill-should-be-split-to-expose-social-welfare-spending/ http://www.ldjackson.net/farm-bill-examples-wasteful-spending/ (Note: this article lists the top 10 examples of wasteful spending in the bill) http://www.farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/2012/07/comparison_of_changes_in_progr.html http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/max/the-farm-bill-will-not-solve-drought http://www.aei.org/topic/farm-bill/
Dr. Alfred C. Whitehead July 28, 2012 at 01:53 AM
THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE SUBSIDIZING EITHER ONE! PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE A FREE CHOICE OF WHICH ONE THEY WANT.
Daria Novak July 28, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Dr. Whitehead, you are so correct! Let market forces do the work. Consumer preference will determine which product sells well. If consumers decide they don't want processed foods, they will choose apples and the makers of processed foods will either leave the market or change their products so they are acceptable to the marketplace. We are seeing this occur today, in general, with organic products. A few years ago they were very expensive and consumers had few choices. Today, prices for organic foods and other green products are starting to decrease in comparison to other foods and, at the same time, the organic selection is increasing as new competitors enter the market (also helping to drive down the prices). Consumers are demanding better quality products with their pocketbooks and companies are responding. This is free enterprise working well in hte marketplace.
Charles RIddle August 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Well, you have my vote tomorrow. Charlie

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