It's time to stop wasteful spending on unhealthy subsidies.
The REAPS Act is a bill that will improve America’s health by ending direct agricultural subsidy payments that are overwhelmingly skewed towards the direct and indirect support of foods that are high in saturated fat, such as meat and dairy. In fact, 63 percent of subsidies for domestic food production support the production of meat and dairy, while less than one percent goes to producers of fruits and vegetables.
These subsidies are out of line with the USDA’s own Dietary Guidelines, which suggest that half of the food on our plates should be fruit and vegetables. When it comes to subsidies, however, we still give out almost two-thirds to meat and dairy producers.
The REAPS Act, introduced by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), calls for a permanent end to direct payments. This commonsense legislation will level the playing field and end taxpayer-funded government handouts which favor one food over another.
Please ask your U.S. representative to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 2487, the REAPS Act, to end government hand-outs to producers who are making the most unhealthful foods, align our agricultural policy with our nutritional guidelines, and further ease the burden of our deficit on American taxpayers.