The hidden cost of food subsidies

Proponents of unfettered consumer capitalism always decry government intervention, claiming that the market will regulate itself. It’s a nice theory, that customers will determine business success or failure by their purchasing choices.

So, if, as is happening now, more people were looking to eat more healthily, that would mean businesses would have to change, right? Well, not really. As this infographic shows, the market is rigged by government subsidies to food manufacturers, with meat and dairy receiving a huge amount more than the vegetable growing industry. That’s why a Big Mac costs less than a salad. Another reason to start a backyard veggie patch.