The Union of Concerned Scientists has recently released the report The $11 Trillion Reward: How Simple Dietary Changes Can Save Lives and Money, and How We Get There. The report brings evidence to show that increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables could save more than 100,000 lives and $17 billion in health care costs from heart disease each year in the United States.
The report calls for policies that would capitalize on the increasing public interest in buying fresh and healthful produce from local farmers, rather than continuing with current subsidies that make processed, unhealthy foods more accessible to the general public. The report calls for policies to:
- Increase production and research on fruits and vegetables, while making insurance opportunities available for farmers that produce such foods;
- Improve the availability and accessibility of healthy, locally grown food products
- Remove planting restrictions that stop
commodity farmers from growing F&V.
The report can be downloaded here.