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The role of the USDA was originally to promote the products of the animal agriculture industry.  Over fifty years ago, the USDA began promoting the so-called four basic food groups, with meat and dairy products in the number one and two spots on the list.  Financed by the meat and dairy industry and backed by nutritional scientists on the payroll of the meat and dairy industry, this promotion ignored science.
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Our government spends over $20 Billion on price supports that benefit the dairy, beef, and veal industries.  This money is given to farmers to artificially reduce the cost of crops used to feed cows, thereby helping to reduce the prices we pay for dairy foods, fowl, and meat.  Fruits and vegetables grown primarily for human consumption are specifically excluded from USDA price supports.  [Emphasis is mine.  —  KMAB]
 
Out of one pocket, we pay billions of our tax dollars to support the production of expensive, disease-causing foods.  Out of the other pocket, we pay medical bills that are too high because our overweight population consumes too much of these rich, disease-causing foods.  Our tax dollars are actually used to make our society sicker and keep our health insurance costs high.
 
 —  Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
From his book: “Eat To Live
 
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