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Taxpayers Fuel Rise of the Mega (Family) Farm

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Discussions in Congress on reforming America's broken food and farm policy in the next farm bill have already begun. Lots of voices are chiming in from the pro-food and sustainable agriculture circles on ideas for change. With the proliferation of food knowledge being spread by television and celebrity chefs, and the engagement of the First Lady on food and nutrition issues. One thing is certain -- current policy and funding favors large scale growers of only five crops.

This is America after all, and farm businesses are free to get as big as they want,  just not financed by taxpayers.

peterson and farm size

According to USDA, 95% of all farms in America are family owned. There is a common misconception that large agriculture focused corporations like Monsanto and Carghill are the biggest growers of commodity grains like soybeans and corn.

Discussions in Congress on reforming America's broken food and farm policy in the next farm bill have already begun. Lots of voices are chiming in from the pro-food and sustainable agriculture circles on ideas for change. With the proliferation of food knowledge being spread by television and celebrity chefs, and the engagement of the First Lady on food and nutrition issues. One thing is certain -- current policy and funding favors large scale growers of only five crops.

This is America after all, and farm businesses are free to get as big as they want, just not financed by taxpayers.

Peteson says governemt isnt smart enough to figure out farm size. I know big when I see it.

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