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March 14th, 2010
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Probable source for that subsidy chart
Recently, I posted about this chart, and its provenance became an issue. I found the probable source by searching on "Why a salad costs more than a big mac".



It seems to be from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which is described as a PETA front.

For what it's worth, it only took me a couple of minutes to find something that I'm pretty sure is nonsense on the PCRM site:
Fatty foods such as meat or cheese dishes and many baked goods thicken our blood which in turn makes us feel tired, even lethargic. This is clearly not a good way to reduce stress! Even just one high-fat meal can increase our risk of a heart attack.


A site which says of the chart that figures are correct, but visual representation is not to scale.

I recommend How to Lie with Statistics.

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From:agrumer
Date:March 14th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
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That PCRM page doesn't explain the asterisk either, so I don't think it's the origin for the image.
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From:nancylebov
Date:March 14th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Ok, I'm taking it to Ask.Metafilter.
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From:nancylebov
Date:March 14th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
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From:dcseain
Date:March 14th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:agrumer
Date:March 14th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Yay!

So there's a special subsidy just for apples?
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From:houseboatonstyx
Date:March 14th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Why a salad costs more? Maybe the same reason that I end up eating meat out of the freezer because the salad greens have wilted in the fridge.

Greens and vegs don't keep their salad-worthy consistency. If you freeze them they lose their texture. It's easier to ship and store meat that's frozen rock-hard, than to ship and store salad greens.

I haven't been following the statistics discussion, but of course government subsidies are a function of congressmen and what the voters have been getting for decades and their lobbies -- political pork. (And they influence the 'food pyramid' too.)
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From:nancylebov
Date:March 14th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I suppose it would be more fair to compare the big mac to a hearty vegetable bean soup.



Edited at 2010-03-14 09:46 pm (UTC)
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From:houseboatonstyx
Date:March 15th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
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Depending on what fresh vegetables the soup contained.
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From:richardthinks
Date:March 14th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
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do you also know How To Lie With Maps?
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From:nancylebov
Date:March 14th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
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Yes, and I was delighted by it.
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