by Marion Nestle
Aug 8 2013

Agriculture policy needs to support health policy: Fruits and vegetables!

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a new report yesterday: “The $11 trillion reward: How simple dietary changes can save lives and money, and how we get there.”

Never mind the hype ($11 trillion?  That’s too big to understand).   Whatever the real number, the report makes one thing clear: if we don’t get healthier, health care costs will rise.  A lot.

To stay healthy, we need to eat more fruits and vegetables (F&V).  But that’s not  so easy.  They are relatively expensive, not always easy to deal with, and thoroughly unsupported by federal agricultural policy.

To fix that, UCS calls for federal policies to:

  • Increase research on F&V.
  • Remove planting restrictions that stop commodity farmers from growing F&V.
  • Make crop insurance available for F&V producers.
  • Make healthy, locally grown food more available and accessible.
  • Promote the growth of farmers markets, local food outlets.
  • Facilitate the use of SNAP benefits at local food markets.
  • Educate consumers about F&V and how to prepare them.

Here’s more on this report:

 

 

 

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  • John Eppley
  • August 8, 2013
  • 2:42 pm

On my way home jsut now, I passed a car with the bumper sticker “Vegetarianism is an affordable health plan”. Now, that’s not strictly true, but it made me laugh and I thought it was a funny coincidence to see this post in my news reader.

Before taking action, people might want to consider another point of view, one that more accurately takes into consideration the benefits to agribusiness commodity buyers in the farm bill. That tends to get left out at UCS and in most food movement materials (including A Place at the Table). The problem, then, is that the recommendations don’t at all have the intended effect, so people end up advocating against the intentions of the materials.

I offer a solution: my video review (and basic farm bill seminar) in respons the UCS video (and report). It’s at my YouTube Farm Bill and Food Bill playlist: Review: “‘An Apple a Day:’ Farm Bill Myths in UCS’ New Video:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQkeDza3bM0&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLA1E706EFA90D1767 . This needs to be debated, to bring us all together for effective advocacy for the great goals of the movement and of the UCS materials.

  • Leoluca Criscione
  • August 8, 2013
  • 11:33 pm

To stay healthy, we need to eat more fruits and vegetables (F&V)!!!
I cannot agree more!!
But on the other hand, we have to educate people on balancing individually quality and quantity (calories!). That is exactly what we expalin in our book: “Eating healthy and dying obese…elucidation of an apparent paradox) http://www.vitasanas.ch/wp/?page_id=370

  • Leoluca Criscione
  • August 8, 2013
  • 11:40 pm

“Balancing individually quality and quantity” means simply to take into account the personal metabolic capacity: We call this CALOGENETIC BALANCE! See our data presented at the ECO2013 [European Congress on Obesity] http://www.vitasanas.ch/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/poster-only-eco-liverpool-ok.pdf

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