Global food crises, but subsidies to farmers not to grow crops..
April 29, 2008 11:27am CST
What with the "global food crises" does it make sense for U.S. farmers to be paid by our government not to grow crops in some of their fields?
30 Apr 08
As probably the rep of the "Developing" world in this discussion, I think the rich world (USA, EU and Japan) really need to relook at subsidies. You cannot lecture the industrialising world about the necessity of going through painful structual adjustments when you yourself do not allow your farmers to face basic economic competition. Seroiusly, the "liberals" in the West do mean well when they try to raise funds for charity of third world nations. However, I think they should spend their efforts and good intentions on trying to remove farm subsidies that damage the third world and don't benefit the West. Not paying farmers to grow does not encourage farmers in other parts of the world. Letting farm produce get sold at normal market prices will encourage farmers in the developed world to become more productive.