The Organic Consumers Associaion publishes a weekly newsletter about issues relating to organic versus factory farming. This article is borrowed from the their June 9, 2011 newsletter. As a food consumer who uses mostly organic produce at home and eschews the center aisles of the grocery store, this graphic representation of crop subsidy really hit home.
Thanks to Roger Doiron of Kitchen Gardeners International, a Maine-based nonprofit, for putting together these great visual aids. He writes:
In a nutshell, I was really inspired by the diversity and nutritiousness of the crops planted in the White House kitchen garden this spring and thought it would be eye-opening - not to mention jaw-dropping - to see what the White House garden would look like if it were planted to reflect the relative importance of the crops that our tax dollars are actually supporting.
You'll see that there's very little resemblance between America's Kitchen Garden and our "Subsidy Garden".