Open letter to Congress:
I'm writing to urge you to help readjust agricultural subsidies to serve the interests of the nation's health rather than the interests of big-business farming.
The U.S. economy staggers over health-care costs that can be mitigated if it were less expensive to buy healthy produce than sweetener-laden processed food.
As powerful as agricultural business interests are, we all would be better served if the subsidy programs favored vegetables over sugar cane, fruit over corn syrup, and wheat over ethanol.
What's more, since ethanol requires more energy to produce than it produces when it burns, an acre wasted on corn for fuel is an acre that could instead help the U.S. regain its international good will in the form of exportable wheat.
Let's not allow misdirected farm subsidies harm Americans and the world.