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Government subsidies that benefit big agribusinesses, like Monsanto and Cargill, have made products like corn syrup so cheap that it's less expensive to buy a Twinkle than a bunch of carrots. The majority of these subsidies go to less than 10% of farms in America, and yet these farms receive more than $245 billion to grow only a handful of cash crops that are made into unhealthy, processed foods. It should come as no suprise to us then that childhood obesity has more than quadrupled in the last forty years. We need to end this wasteful government spending program.

As a way to educate the local community and discuss this issue further, OSPIRG will be hosting an interactive panel February 28th at 6pm in the Meese Room (within the Hannon Library of Southern Oregon University). This panel will be held in allignment with Thrive's gallery closing of The Lexicon of Sustainability. "The Lexicon project educates, engages and activates people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and their responsibility for creating a healthier, safer food system in America (buylocalrogue.org)." Local wine and food will be provided.

 

Contact Justin Silva with any questions: Silvaj1@sou.edu