Check out this op-ed piece in today’s NY Times for a small fruit and vegetable farmer’s perspective on the rather serious monetary effect the US Farm bill may have on local farmers who wish to grow fruit and vegetables on land that was previously used for commodity crops (corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, and cotton).
I find it interesting that people who are interested in growing the same types of food the government supposedly recommends we eat more of may end up paying a serious price for their efforts. Then again, I’m not sure I understand the benefit of the whole subsidy structure in the first place. The system seems like it should have been declared a relic by now and discontinued, but given America’s somewhat insatiable demand for cheap oil and food, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. Most of us are not yet willing to pay directly for good food; it’s easier to pay indirectly, via federal taxes, and get our cheap, processed food “products” in return.