The Top 5 Food Problems Americans Want the Next President to Fix
A third party research firm polled a wide range of Americans across the country about the food system. They found that younger voters, African Americans, Latinos, and unmarried women were all especially interested in seeing the food system change for the better. Full article: http://bit.ly/1NSvWS0
- •Not all Americans have equal access to healthy, affordable food.Fifty-three percent of those polled agreed that “we need to change policies so that we make healthy and nutritious foods more affordable for every American, regardless of their zip code.”
- •Children are especially at risk.The current generation of children could become the first in modern history expected to have shorter lifespans than their parents. Sixty-nine percent of voters polled were “very concerned” about this statement, while 81 percent are very concerned that a third of children will develop type-2 diabetes.
- •People are told to eat fruits and vegetables, while the government subsidizes processed food ingredients.Half of the voters polled said they were very concerned about the disconnect between government dietary recommendations and federal subsidies, and a full 50 percent favor limiting subsidies to the largest farm businesses, while 36 percent of voters oppose limiting subsidies altogether.
- •Many of the people who grow, cook, and sell our food have it the worst.Three-quarters of those polled are somewhat or very concerned that five of the eight of the worst-paying jobs in America are in the food system. Whether that means raising the federal minimum wage or not, many American voters appear ready to bring the plight of food chain workers to the national stage.
- •Most of today’s farming is hurting the environment.Large majorities of voters across party lines favor government incentives to encourage sustainable farming practices that protect the environment. Overall 75 percent favor this, including 62 percent who favor it strongly. By party, 85 percent of Democrats, 77 percent of independents, and 62 percent of Republicans favor incentives to encourage sustainable farming.