The Standard American Diet, heavy on animal products and processed foods, is clogging the nation’s arteries and pushing up the health care costs. Both in the interest of economic sanity and national health, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman suggests that the government should bump up the tax on unhealthy food and encourage the consumption of healthy foods by subsidizing their costs.

In an article published in the New York Times on June 23, 2011, Bittman says that by making seasonal greens, vegetables, fruits and legumes more accessible, the federal government would fulfill a key responsibility with respect to public health.

To read Bittman’s article, click on this link.