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  •  This system is just so freaking evil; (12+ / 0-)

    - Take billions of dollars from American taxpayers and subsidize the massive overproduction of corn, using toxic pesticides and massive use of fertilizer & petroleum. Oh, and often irrigated with cheap subsidized (yet irreplaceable) water 'mined' from dwindling aquifers.

    - Flood the U.S. food system with the resulting cheap subsidized corn sweetener, turning everything from soft drinks to tortilla chips to bread to peanut butter to spaghetti sauce into sugar delivery vehicles, driving an epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

    - Flood the market in Mexico with this cheap subsidized corn, thereby destroying the indigenous agricultural system, impoverishing farmers, and forcing them to flee North for work as near-slaves on the American farms that ruined them in the first place.

    - Use the resulting BigAg profits to buy the laws necessary to perpetuate this insane system.

    - Lather, rinse, repeat.....

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