Junk food stamps, continued.

More from Mark Bittman on why Congress could potentially foster fiscal conservatism and make people healthier, just by cutting corn subsidies and shifting the focus to fruit and veg:

About 750,000 United States deaths annually — a third of the total — result from cardiovascular disease, at a medical cost of about $94 billion. The report (and video based on it) maintains that if we upped our average intake of fruits and vegetables by a single serving daily — an apple a day, essentially — more than 30,000 of those lives would be saved (at an overall “value,” according to the report, of $2.7 trillion). Each additional serving of fruit or vegetable would reduce mortality from cardiovascular disease by about 5 percent, to the point where if we all ate the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, we’d save more than 100,000 lives and something like $17 billion in health care costs.

You’ve probably noted by now a shift in my focus when I post about food. That reflects the fact that I now think the health case for veganism is just as powerful as the case from environmentalism and animal welfare.

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