03/02/2011 12:31 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bittman: Don't End Agricultural Subsidies, Fix Them

Agricultural subsidies have helped bring us high-fructose corn syrup, factory farming, fast food, a two-soda-a-day habit and its accompanying obesity, the near-demise of family farms, monoculture and a host of other ills. Yet -- like so many government programs -- what subsidies need is not the ax, but reform that moves them forward.

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