According to an investigation published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine on July 5,1,2,3 56 percent of all calories consumed in the U.S. between 2001 and 2006 came from government-subsidized commodities such as corn, soy, wheat, rice, dairy and meat.
And, according to the authors, "higher consumption of calories from subsidized food commodities was associated with a greater probability of some cardiometabolic risks." As noted by Time Magazine:4
"While those may sound healthy, they're typically not eaten in their whole-food form; rather, they're turned into cattle feed or refined and converted into sweeteners ... and processed fatty foods ...
'[A]n excess of subsidies in these areas ends up leading to a conversion into foods like refined grains and high calorie juices, soft drinks with corn sweeteners and high-fat meats,' says Ed Gregg, Ph.D., chief of the CDC's epidemiology and statistics branch in the diabetes division. 'It's basically the way that they're used that ends up being detrimental.'"
Another study5 published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) in 2013 came to the exact same conclusion, stating that:
"Government-issued payments have skewed agricultural markets toward the overproduction of commodities that are the basic ingredients of processed, energy-dense foods," and that this is "worsening obesity trends in America."
The authors of this 2013 study also noted that "federal farm subsidies promote unsustainable agriculture while also failing to reward good stewardship."