Sounds to me as if he's been reading Mr. Pollan. The truth of course is there was no such long lasting change in policy. Yes, Earl Butz said "fence row to fence row", but his impact on farm policy was mostly gone by the time Jimmy Carter was elected . We had annual production adjustment programs into the 1990's and beginning in 1986 removed millions of acres of cropland from production through CRP.Did you ever solve the question posed to you when you were first hired — what caused the obesity epidemic?We think so. And it’s something very simple, very obvious, something that few want to hear: The epidemic was caused by the overproduction of food in the United States.Beginning in the 1970s, there was a change in national agricultural policy. Instead of the government paying farmers not to engage in full production, as was the practice, they were encouraged to grow as much food as they could. At the same time, technological changes and the “green revolution” made our farms much more productive. The price of food plummeted, while the number of calories available to the average American grew by about 1,000 a day.Well, what do people do when there is extra food around? They eat it! This, of course, is a tremendously controversial idea. However, the model shows that increase in food more than explains the increase in weight.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Misinformation from the Times: Food
The Times has an interview with an NIH mathematician today who says, in part: