Low Food Prices, High Medical Costs
Never mind the fact that Americans have the lowest health rating in the developed world thanks to this industrial, processed diet, and the fact that we have the most expensive health care system in the world, even though it ranks 37th in terms of quality.
Cheap food is no bargain when it makes you and your children chronically ill. Nearly 38 percent of American adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese, and this alone costs the U.S. health care system up to $210 billion each year.
That could pay for a lot of organic veggies, yet using Vilsack’s reasoning, you should be happy that cheap food affords you to pay for your ill health.
Cheap food is no bargain when it leads to the permanent “vacation” that is premature death either, at least not for the surviving family members who have to bear the loss of a loved one.
Remarkably, while the global maternal mortality rate has improved, falling by more than one-third in the past 15 years, the U.S. is one of the few countries that buck that auspicious trend. Since 1990, the maternal death rate in the U.S. has actually RISEN by more than 50 percent, according to the latest statistics.