Dana Milbank Exposes Distorted Subsidies For Industrial Agriculture

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Michelle Obama at the White House farmers market
Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass at the farmers’ market.

Dana Milbank’s snarky column about the White House farmers market and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “patrician tastes” makes me wonder — why, if everyone in Congress loves to praise the family farmer and small businesses, and the U.S. government spends billions of dollars on farm subsidies, are fruits and vegetables grown by actual small-business family farmers so expensive compared to supermarket produce?

The first lady said the market would particularly appeal to federal employees in nearby buildings to “pick up some good stuff for dinner.” Yet even they might think twice about spending $3 for a pint of potatoes when potatoes are on sale for 40 cents a pound at Giant. They could get nearly five dozen eggs at Giant for the $5 Obama spent for her dozen.

It’s almost as if the people in Congress are disingenuously praising family farmers while writing policies to instead subsidize multi-billion-dollar corporate agribusiness, who in turn give them huge campaign contributions.

Now that’s worthy of some snark.

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