- Dec 12, 2009
- Reaction score
- Washington State
Instead, we have 'Campbell's soup' which knows exactly what to plant and when to get the most government money. Money it then uses to put every small farmer they can out of business. Money they can reinvest in lobbyists that ensure the payouts help them and not their upstart competition.its much different for small farmers than mega ag corps or other companiesThat can be said about ALL commodities.Farmers face a lot of problemsThere is no need for the government to pay farmers to grow any particular crop. There is no need for government price fixing of agricultural goods either
Flooding, drought, pestilence, disease.
A small farmer particularly is in a vulnerable position
When conditions are favorable he makes a good crop.
But so does everyone else and prices fall
in lean years prices go back up but he has little or nothing to sell
The government has no business interfering with the actual price of food. If it is to expensive, the LAST option is to pay off special interests to cover the problem up...
One of the things those payoffs do though is ensure the small farmer simply does not exist so it certainly is not helping the small guy in a venerable position.
Cambells Soup knows almost exactly much how soup they will sell in the following year
the small farmer does not know how much he will grow or what crop prices will be a year from now
Which puts him at great risk
So, ya. Those farmers are not vulnerable as most of them do not exist anymore.