An easy way to help the poor around the world and save money in America:

@K46620 (1994)
United States
March 5, 2010 8:50am CST
An easy way to help the poor around the world and save money in America: The price of American foods has gotten so low it has put individual farmers worldwide out of work, leading to starvation and malnourishment. Why is our food so cheap? Subsidies. A simple solution? End the subsidies The free market always turns out to be better than government central planning.
3 responses
• United States
5 Mar 10
I agree...end the subsidies...think of the money our government could save each year. But if food prices go up around the world...you know the poor will then starve because they can't afford the higher prices for food.
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@K46620 (1994)
• United States
5 Mar 10
If our food prices rose, our taxes could be lowered since we would not be paying out subsidies. And it would once again become more economical for the poor to farm their own land and actually make some money when they sold the food. Ironically, letting prices rise to their market levels would help the poor.
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
5 Mar 10
I agree, but for another reason. We need to start cutting our national spending/debt, not just raise our spending levels and freeze them there as Obama proposes -- in selected areas. Ending subsidies is one of many things we need to do to cut spending.
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@K46620 (1994)
• United States
5 Mar 10
Absolutely
@spalladino (17922)
• United States
5 Mar 10
The price of American food has gotten low? I don't agree with that and I also don't agree that farm subsidies should be completely done away with. Farmers are at the mercy of the weather and a single event...drougth...flooding...hurricane or tropical storm...can wipe out an entire crop. Disease and insects can also do the same. If a farmer has little or nothing to bring to market, he receives little or no money for that year. Surviving the upcoming year depends on your harvest so how does a small to medium size farmer afford to plant next year's crop if this year's crops have been destroyed? Subsidies also help farmers who are forced by foreign competitors to sell too low, guaranteeing that they receive enough funds to allow them to plant next year's crop. There is a ceiling on subsidies...large commercial operations do not receive them...but small and medium size agricultural operations do need them or they will be driven out of business. If that happens the free market will consist mainly of foreign grown produce, putting this country at the mercy of outside interests in yet another area.
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
5 Mar 10
Most of the farmers I know carry insurance in the event of hail storm, etc. And unfortunately, small family farms are being put out of business by large corporations, just like small businesses across the country, by Wal-marts, Home Depot, etc. While I don't like it, we (the Nation) can't afford to keep them in business with subsidies. Our Nation can't afford these "good" things any longer. It's belt-tightening time, and some "good" things are going to have to be sacrificed...and the small family farm may be just one of them. By the way, I was agreeing concerning subsidies. I wasn't necessarily agreeing that American food has gotten low and much of the rest of the discussion statement.
@K46620 (1994)
• United States
5 Mar 10
The main foods that have gotten cheap are corn, rice, soybeans, etc. Due to inflation and rising fuel prices food in grocery stores is getting more expensive, but subsidies has made unhealthy foods cheap while good food costs more and more. New Zealand eliminated it's agriculture subsidies awhile back and agriculture is now booming there.