[FoRK] RE: Strawberry Fields Forever. And shrimp.
Ian Andrew Bell
<hello at ianbell.com> on
Sat May 26 11:54:40 PDT 2007
The reason is because the REAL beneficiaries of farm subsidies are
companies like Monsanto, Bayer, and BASF who have established a long
gravy train by creating a dependency for farmers on their seed,
fertilizers, and pesticides. Those companies lobby Washington HARD
to make sure those subsidies persist. Monsanto's Chairman, CEO, and
President Hugh Grant made $16.11 million last year.
The US Government spent $41.9 billion on corn subsidies from 1995 to
I think it's safe to posit that these have little to do with the
romanticized notion of the hardscrabble American farmer.
On 26-May-07, at 7:57 AM, Russell Turpin wrote:
> And why the farmers? The shrimpers don't get any subsidies, and
> they live
> every bit as much on the edge, suffering today from the rising
> price of
> diesel, and cheap imports. Farming, though, has a more romantic
> place in
> Americans' hearts, and therefore greater string to legislative action,
> than fishing and shrimping and other industries. The first picture
> is a shrimper returning to port. The second shows the working end
> of the
> shrimp boat docked behind Jane's fish house, on Cooper's Alley L-head,
> Corpus Christi.
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