Auros (auros) wrote,

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Perverse subsidies (and fines).

There's an Op-Ed in today's NYT by a farmer who works famers' markets and supplies a Community Supported Agriculture program, who got hammered by fines from the Dep't of Agriculture for transitioning some acres designated for industrial monoculture corn, into producing fruits and vegetables for local consumption.

This is completely insane. I'm mailing my Congresscritters a link to the article and a short description, and a number of reasons why sustainable local farming is superior (e.g. it creates long-term work, rather than for seasonal migrant labor, and is thus better for the local economy -- it builds a stable community).

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