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How Big Government’s Policies Made Us Fat

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by Daniel Jennings, Off the Grid News

There’s something that you probably don’t know about the obesity epidemic: It had its origins in the US Department of Agriculture and the food industry. An article in Britain’s Guardian newspaper and a recent BBC documentary show clearly how big business and big government contributed.

In summary, government and big business made us fat by greatly increasing the amount of sugar in our food. The increased level of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup in our food was the result of a government policy that started under Richard Nixon – and was not a decision made by consumers.

The roots of the obesity epidemic started back in 1971 when Richard Nixon and his Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz, started a policy of massive subsidies for corn farmers. The idea was to greatly increase the amount of corn and drive down food prices in order to help Nixon get reelected.

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