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9 Foods the Government is Paying for You to Eat | Top Subsidized Foods

Mike Barrett
November 1st, 2011
Updated 11/08/2012 at 11:11 pm
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The United States federal government paid American farmers $12.3 billion in 2009 to boost crop production. While this number may seem high, it is actually nearly the lowest amount paid to farmers in the past 10 years. The reason farmers are paid to grow certain crops is to ensure that they grow more for the country while at the same time making the same amount of money. What some people aren’t completely aware of is the huge impact that the subsidies have on what ends up on our plate – in plain sight or otherwise. Corn alone took in a whopping $77.1 billion from the government between 1995 and 2010. The U.S. government continues to be a major player in the national food business, with subsidies continuing to grow. Here are the top 9 food products that the government most heavily subsidizes:


Corn easily rests at the top of the list of government sponsored foods. Between 1995 and 2010, $77.1 billion was given to farmers so that they could grow massive amounts of corn. But oddly enough, most of the corn grown isn’t corn on the cob. The corn produced is actually specifically created for purposes of adding certain ingredients in the food. One such ingredient is high fructose corn syrup, which has been found to contain mercury and cause cancer, resides in many products such as ketchup, cereals, and beverages. It has nearly replaced sugar in all sodas and soft drinks. Then there is corn starch, corn gluten meal, hydrolyzed corn protein, and corn syrup which can all be found in snacks like cookies. Lastly, corn is used to feed conventionally-fed animals to prompt weight gain and hasten their slaughter weight. Unfortunately, these animals’ digestive systems are not meant to digest corn, causing the animals to be fed antibiotics.

What’s frightening is that most of the corn that is produced isn’t even edible! The commodity, corn, is produced with government backing for one primary reason – to be processed. The corn is simply a raw material meant to be transformed into the harmful ingredients we’ve come to consume so often today.

The argument for so much subsidization is to help the US compete internationally, but most of the corn being processed is used domestically. What the government is really subsidizing, is obesity and tons of other health complications within the nation. The truth is that many of the products we buy possesses some type of processed corn. Corn is even consumed when eating meat, as the animals are force-fed genetically modified corn. All of the subsidizing set in place by the system is ultimately contributing to the downfall of our food quality as we know it. It does of course, make costs for businesses cheaper.


The total subsidies for wheat between 1995 and 2010 was $32.4 billion – the second most subsidized crop. Both wheat demand and prices have skyrocketed in recent years. While wheat always used to be plentiful, wheat stockpiles have fallen to a new low in 2008 which haven’t been seen since 1948. Even with farmers experiencing a wheat shortage due to high demand, subsidies continue. It seems to be much easier to add subsidies than to remove them due to congress decision making processes.


Soybeans, like corn, are also almost always genetically modified. It wasn’t until  the last couple decades that the U.S. had such a large role in soy production. Today, the U.S. produces at least 75% of all soybeans grown worldwide, with an increase of about 10 million acres produced between 2007 and 2011. Total subsidies for soybeans between 1995 and 2010 totaled $24.3 billion, making it 3rd on the list of top products subsidized.

Other foods the United States government is paying you to eat.

  • Rice

  • Beer

  • Milk

  • Beef

  • Peanut Butter

  • Sunflower Oil

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail 9 Foods the Government is Paying for You to Eat | Top Subsidized Foods Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • Human

    HFCS is High Fructose Corn Syrup created using industrial processes and HFCS is also known as Glucose Fructose Syrup though the ratio of fructose and glucose vary. Prices for corn products which is used in many things not just food like adhesives on postage stamps will go up with the drought though governments may increase subsidies to keep prices low. It would be good to have an article showing the differences between corn syrup and HFCS.

  • sondra

    what exactly is HFCS? I have not heard of this before now.

    • Anonymous

      High-fructose corn syrup

  • Natalee

    They call HFCS corn sugar now. Be aware of that! The name has changed to corn sugar since no one will buy products with HFCS anymore, they think they can get away with renaming it. NOT! I bought a pumpkin pie at Costco thinking it would be fine. When I took the first bite, I realized something was wrong because it had that sickly sweet taste to it like I have come to know as HFCS. Looked on the list of ingredients and lo and behold it said corn sugar. I was pissed. Costco should know better. They bake these on their premises. Looks like they don't care about health. I will try to stick to baking my own pies, cookies, cakes, etc. It seems that is the only way to keep the processed poison including mercury out of my food.

    • Anonymous

      Great points in this post. It's all deception.

  • Liquids

    good information thanks

  • John

    How about they fund organic food instead.

    • Suzanne

      Yea John, I thought of that too. Unfortunately they'd never want to pay to keep us healthy. That would put the plans of destroying the US, Codex Alimenarius and Agenda 21 in jeopardy. Can't have that. I'm being facetious but that is the agenda they have for us.

      • Suzanne

        Codex Alimentarius — spelling error

    • ronnyquest

      How about the government stay out of our lives completely and stick to the powers actually enumerated for them in the Constitution? That's the ticket.

  • joe jones

    If we all started growing gardens they would have to get involved. They want us eating their junk food. They need us sick by 65. If not they'll make you work accordingly. If you all start living to 100 you're going to have to start worling till eighty and the know people will not put up with that. So the need us sick.

    • Anonymous

      Great points & info — live off the grid!

  • celebs4truthcom

    …and GMO, Louise! Perhaps, even more dangerous than HFCS!

  • Louise

    They're paying industry to feed us HFCS!

    • sondra

      What exactly is HFCS? I have not heard of this before.