Strawberry Fields Forever Re: [FoRK] invasion was much betterthan
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Wed May 30 18:03:24 PDT 2007
On Wed, May 30, 2007 at 03:25:46PM +0000, Russell Turpin wrote:
> <snip> My own strong suspicion is that if we cut agricultural
> subsidies to zero tomorrow, it would not affect one iota the range,
> quality, availability, or price of mangoes, blueberries, cantelope,
> grapefruit, apples, potatoes, corn, or any other item grown in the
> ground that eventually makes its way to our groceries.
Pretty much. New Zealand did that in the 80's. Worked great.
In 1982, Federated Farmers of New Zealand (New Zealand's leading farmer
organization) submitted to the government an economic position paper
declaring that controlling inflation, rather than compensating farmers
for the consequences of inflation, should be the national priority.
It is estimated that around 800 farmers--or 1% of the total number of
commercial farmers in operation--were forced to leave the land.
Overall the "transition period" lasted about six years, with land
values, commodity prices, and farm profitability indices stabilizing or
rising steadily by 1990.
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