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Originally posted by MBF
This is what was done at one time, but not now. Not for maybe the last 10 years.
Now we get what is called a deficiency payment. The government basically says we know you are going to lose money planting this crop so here is some money to help you make it through the year. There is a limit on the amount of money that a farmer gets. Just ask any farmer if he could survive without these payments.
what in particular was done and what has changed? the first half is simple economics, and the last part was just my understanding of how it came into being.
if the farmer could not survive without the deficiency payments, then he certainly could not survive by overproducing. all that would happen would be prices plummeting and then all of a sudden farmers are making less money than before. but of course this is just my opinion and I'm no expert.
but any way you slice it, it's not a conspiracy as NewWorldOver was suggesting.
Originally posted by Holygamer
It would be much easier to just do genetically modified crops then mass genocide. Genocides not as profitable.