Globalization Institute on Farm Subsidies
The GI argues that without such subsidies, British agriculture would shift away from the kinds of conventional agribusiness operations that use large amounts of polluting chemicals, to those raising high-value produce for niche markets, like local organic farmers.
I'm sure the parallel isn't lost on anyone living in the U.S. Whether the subsidies are for oil or for corn, the pattern is the same: the only beneficiaries are the operators big enough to let big acreages lie fallow, or absorb the losses from a string of dry holes.
In the U.S., certainly, if it weren't for subsidized trucking and subsidized irrigation water in naturally arid country out west, it wouldn't pay to ship vegetables from California to western Massachusetts instead of just growing the stuff near the point of consumption. California agribusiness interests are sucking on a giant tit, otherwise known as the Army Corps of Engineers.
agriculture , subsidies , agribusiness , farming