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Thanksgiving Feast: One Big Meal, Two Big Bills

Millions of Americans have plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, including family nearby, a roof over their heads and a tableful of food. But that doesn’t mean Americans should have to purchase their holiday meal twice. Save for the turkey (and it’s too late for the turkey), the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is paid for once by consumers at the grocery store and a second time by taxpayers through Washington’s farm bill policies. The U.S. government spends billions of dollars every year to subsidize 130 crops and livestock and to pick up the costs of insurance for farmers, among other expenses. Hover over the picture and click on the icons to get a breakdown of the taxpayers’ contributions for your Thanksgiving favorites.


Family at table by Pressmaster / Shutterstock.com
Brad Wassink contributed to this report.