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June 24, 2009

Economic Conditions and Obesity

JAMA. 2009;301(24):2546-2547. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.870

To the Editor: I would like to correct an error in the otherwise excellent and thought-provoking Commentary by Drs Ludwig and Pollack.1 The article's assertion that “family farms have all but disappeared, largely replaced by industrial agriculture” is not correct. Ninety-eight percent of US farms in the 2004 farm census were “family farms.”2 Nonfamily corporations account for less than 1% of farms and 6% to 7% of farm products sales in each agricultural census since 1978.2

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