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Excerpt:  Author Michael Pollan on “Food Inc.”,  Posted Friday, June 12, 2009 9:00 AM, Interviewer: Nicki Gostin…

Gostin:  But farmer’s markets are expensive and out of reach for a lot of people.

Pollan:  I think that’s right, and that’s why it’s not enough to vote with your fork; if you can afford to, you should, but we have to vote with our votes to get in a different set of policies. It’s not an accident that fast food is so cheap. This is what the government underwrites. Factory farming does not exist without subsidized corn, it doesn’t exist without it being legal to give important human antibiotics to cattle, it doesn’t exist without basically regulatory indulgence. And the fact [is that] we don’t make these animal cities clean up their waste the way we would a human city of the same size, so the cheapness of this food is a result of government policy. If the government would put those kinds of resources into underwriting healthy and real food, whether that’s grass-fed beef or organic produce, then the healthy calories could compete more effectively with the unhealthy calories. Healthy food should not be out of reach. On the other hand, I don’t think it’s ever going to be as cheap as junk food.

Gostin:  Why?

Pollan:  You do get what you pay for. There is a qualitative difference, and the goal should not be to make healthy food as cheap as junk food.

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