contoversies memo 1-

contoversies memo 1- - To: Amanda Brule From: Eric Russo...

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To: Amanda Brule From: Eric Russo Subject: U.S subsidies to domestic farmers Date: 11/28/10 The United States is unfairly dispersing subsidies to commercial farmers while using immoral agricultural practices to stay atop the keystone, causing smaller domestic farmers in America and in countries around the world to be at constant risk. The American government is handing large quantities of money to a very small percent of farmers, who in turn are mass producing only five main crops. The small domestic farmers in America and in developing countries around the world that are not receiving these subsidies are now struggling to survive in today’s globally expanded, capitalist economy. For the small percent receiving these subsidies, there is a high demand which must be met, forcing these commercial farmers to partake in agricultural practices that are very harmful to the environment. The United States should eliminate subsidies to better the health of the environment and to allow domestic farmers around the world an equal chance to compete and survive in today’s struggling economy. In the United States only ten percent of farmers are receiving seventy four percent of the subsidies allocated by the government. (Class Notes, 9/22) The government chooses farms to subsidize based on the size and potential of their farm along with the crops grown on their land. Ninety percent of the subsidies go to only five crops grown in the U.S, including corn, wheat, cotton, soy beans, and rice. (Riedle, Brian) Farmers that are less fortunate and own only small parcels of land, and that are not growing any of these five crops find themselves in a constant battle to survive. Economists say that subsidies inflate farmland by thirty percent, effecting not only existing farmers but young adults trying entering the work field. (Riedle, Brian) On the other hand, farmers receiving these subsidies from the government average 441 acres of land per farmer, can afford efficient technologies and machinery, and enjoy a steady income to support their families. (Riedle, Brian) From the years 1995 to 2009 the highest subsidized farms in America earned
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around $1,469,848. (Class slides, 9/22) Along with that, because subsidized farms in America are able to grow crops more efficiently than smaller farms around the world, there is a high demand for these crops, more land is needed, and the prices are very low. Instead of evenly dispersing these expanded opportunities throughout farmers in America, the farms receiving subsidies continuously grow pushing smaller farmers off their hard earned land. This explains why America’s population
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course BCT 191 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at UMass (Amherst).

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