by Jeffrey O'hara,
agricultural economist in the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Food and Environment Program.
How Can We Promote Farmers Who Grow Healthier Foods Given Our Current Focus on Subsidizing Commodity Crops?
The Union of Concerned Scientists is working for reform on all these fronts. The facts of our current situation are stark:
Americans, on average, eat only about half of the recommended levels of fruits and vegetables.
- Fruits and vegetables are grown on only two percent of U.S. farmland.
- The rapid growth in diet-related illnesses is a real concern in this country and contributes significantly to rising expenditures in entitlement programs like Medicaid and Medicare.