FINDING OUT ABOUT FARM SUBSIDIES

farm-subsidy-databaseBig farmers get big subsidies, whether they need them or not. To find out how much they’re getting in your state, go to farm.ewg.org, an online subsidy database.

The Economist magazine recently did a special report on water shortages worldwide. The biggest users are farmers.  Water tables are being seriously depleted.  The Economist notes that if  markets were allowed to price water instead of governments, few arid regions would grow water-intensive crops. For instance, why do we grow rice in Texas, or cotton in California?

Who’s getting the most subsidies? Over the last five years, the wealthiest 10 percent of farmers received 74 percent of  subsidies. On average, they got almost half a million each.

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