posted on May, 22 2013 @ 12:39 PM
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Originally posted by jssaylor2007
reply to post by tothetenthpower
Farms MUST be subsidized due to the gross government manipulation of agricultural commodities. In 1976 the price of cotton was around 80 cents a
pound. This year, cotton is expected to bring around 80 cents a pound. Its odd how everything goes through inflation except agricultural commodities.
If farmers weren't paid subsidies then I can guarantee you there would not be any farming in the US save people who were subsistence farmers.
No that's not right.
Farmers require subsidies because the GOVERNMENT forces them to grow particular useless crops like corn from Monsanto. ON top of that, because of see
gene patents, they can't keep their seeds, so they have to in-debt themselves to those companies year after year.
The fact that we allow speculation of base commodities such as wheat and other base foods is what caused this problem.
What next you're going to tell me that Oil Companies also require a subsidy?
Are you insane? Must be.
What do you know about farming? Absolutely nothing obviously.
The most laughable thing you said is the BS about "Government forcing farmers to plant Monsanto corn." Um lolwut?
Farmers can grow whatever they please. Many farmers choose to grow Monsanto, or Bayer (I have yet to learn why Bayer isn't evil as well) due to the
fact that these companies spend Billions of dollars developing plants that are better suited for the environment the farmer is growing it in.
Not sure if you are aware, but we are running out of water. Monsanto has been developing drought resistant Corn/cotton/canola/soy beans/you name it,
for the past 15 years or so.
Sure, as a farmer I can grow conventional cotton or corn, I can keep my seeds that I harvest, and I can live a happy life, but why would I want to?
Conventional crops yield less, are not resistant to much of anything, and are susceptible to chemical drifts from everyone else.
Noone uses big seed companies because they are "forced" to, they use them because they are better.
Why use an abacus when I can use a calculator.