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California Public Interest Group releases subsidy study

The California Public Interest Group has a released a paper called “Apples to Twinkies 2012” comparing subsidies for corn and soybeans with much smaller subsidies for apples.

The 12-page paper includes a chart that contends to show state-by-state how much the government has subsidized crops that can be used in Twinkies and other “junk food,” compared with apples.

The paper contends that the government spends enough on commodity subsidies to pay for 21 Twinkies per taxpayer per year, but that subsidizes on fruits and vegetables would buy only one half of an apple per taxpayer.

The paper is part of the group's anti-obesity campaign.