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Subject:  Re: 4 easy cuts to save $27.5 billion Date:  5/6/2013  7:48 PM
Author:  1poorguy Number:  681028 of 884272

I question that list because it does not seem to include corn. Corn subsidies are number 1 last I knew. Most of which goes to feed and corn products (e.g. HFCS), not ears and niblets consumed directly by people.

Here's a chart from 2005 data:

Sugar is egregious, too, but it doesn't even make that list.

This more-recent paper (2009) seems to lump corn and soy together at $4.9B per year. Pretty sure corn gets the lion's share of that, but even if it's only half that's still more than the quoted sugar subsidy in the OP ($1.2B).

From a health standpoint corn is also the worst thing to subsidize.
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