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Originally posted by NewWorldOver
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
I just posted a thread a month or so ago of how the farming industry has actually DIMINISHED over recent years in terms of people producing crops of food.
Yeah that's because the government has been paying ranchers and farmers for decades to NOT grow crops and NOT raise cattle. They do this so that specific corporative interests are in control of our food supply.
You heard it right: the American farmer and rancher is paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to NOT grow crops.
Originally posted by FinalSonicX
reply to post by daddyroo45
WOW. I just did a quick bit of research on the anwar reserve and I must say I'm impressed. we should begin taking advantage of this immediately!
unless there's some sort of catch?
That guesstimate of 10.4 billion barrels in ANWR works out to 520 days' supply at our current rate of consumption. But in reality, even if it's there, it won't be produced in a whoosh. Any oil will take years to come on-stream, and will be produced over a period of perhaps 20 years. A reasonable production rate over that time would be one million barrels per day - just 5% of today's 20 Mb/d consumption. Given that our rate of consumption is increasing by 4% to 5% each year, all the possible oil in ANWR would do nothing but help keep pace with demand growth. Helpful, but no panacea.
Originally posted by dismanrc
It’s done to keep the “independent” farmer in the market. The family farm is a long gone item and the sooner these people understand that the better.
Now if you want a family farm to feed yourself and your family, go for it. But if you want to make a living from it you better learn to coop or some other form of mass production. The issue is that you have to keep food prices high OR produce large amounts in order to make a profit.
As long as we keep this “family farm” idea alive the issue will not go away.
Family farms and Factory workers are a hold over from the past.
"I'll trade you a gold coin for that apple you're holding. Come on, please? Okay, two coins then? No? What do you mean you can't eat gold? Have you even tried? Come on, 3 coins then, else I'll just beat you up and take your apple. Hey come back here, I'm not done yet trying to trade you my gold yet."
Originally posted by DwnitsDwn
If the US economy collapses as it now appears that it might, food will be money IMO world wide