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View Diary: Is it too late for progressive farm and food policy reforms? Critical decisions facing Congress (22 comments)

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  •  Interesting to see the reduction (0+ / 0-)

    of subsidies on a progressive policy list. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to see it there.  I'll never understand why the free market cheerleaders don't make half as much noise about that as they do about social security (at least in political contexts anyway).  

    •  Reduction of farm subsidies (1+ / 0-)
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      Cc inWinston

      My call is primarily for a reduction (or virtual elimination) of the crop 'commodity' subsidies. If those subsidies were shifted to support of a European-style "multifunctional" agriculture--emphasizing environmental values, healthy food, and rural development--the total amount spent of food and agriculture by the Federal government should not necessarily decrease. My policy point is that the money should be spent in a radically different way. Relative to the size of our economy, the money in our Federal farm bills is not necessarily disproportionate. Its just that the policies the  money supports are no longer "progressive"; in fact, many of the policies are harmful to our larger society.

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