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May 5, 2013 | Natural Society | Christina Sarich
The blatant ways in which the government mindlessly spends our tax money when our health is in decline and the economy sputters along on the petro-dollar are often astounding. It should be alarming to know that diabetes drugs are now costing us $35 billion a year while a great deal of money is being spent on diabetes-fueling sugar.
The U.S. produces more sugar than any other country in the world – about 8 million tons annually. Sugarcane is the primary source, with (genetically modified) sugar beets coming in second. We also produce loads of genetically modified corn which is then turned into high-fructose corn syrup – about 2.2 million tons of the stuff every year. Corn is the most subsidized crop out there, only to be processed into harmful ingredients much of the time.
Artificial sweeteners, fake honey, honey, maple syrup, and the general delivery of sugar accounted for about 21 million tons through the 2000′s. More often, the sugars are in foods without you even knowing it – from frozen vegetables to snacks that are labeled ‘healthy’ or ‘natural’ with the FDA’s blessing.
A large government agency, funded by your tax dollars, called the US Department of Agriculture makes loans to individuals and companies that domestically produce sugarcane and sugarbeets. This has been going on since the early 2000′s. The farm bill also reinforced subsidies to corn growers – even those who have no choice but to grow Monsanto corn, a GMO crop.