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Don’t End Agricultural Subsidies, Fix Them

March 2nd, 2011

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There’s nothing wrong with agricultural subsidies, but plenty wrong with who’s receiving them and how they’re used, Mark Bittman of the New York Times compellingly argues in his latest Opinionator blog piece.  Here’s an excerpt:
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. Imagine support designed to encourage a resurgence of small- and medium-size farms producing not corn syrup and animal-feed but food we can touch, see, buy and eat — like apples and carrots — while diminishing handouts to agribusiness and its political cronies.

Read Mark’s recommendations and commentary

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