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A Great Riddle


May 2, 2008
By Jim Knisley


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Sometime Canada and the U.S. are going to have to mount a massive joint science project to solve one of the great riddles of our time: On what planet are Ottawa and Washington, D. C. located.
It is clear neither is on the planet we lovingly call Earth.

Sometime Canada and the
U.S. are going to have to mount a massive joint science project to
solve one of the great riddles of our time: On what planet are Ottawa
and Washington, D. C. located.
It is clear neither is on the planet we lovingly call Earth.
If they were on Earth they would notice agriculture – the enterprise that produces food – has changed.
Grain supplies are negligible, food and feed prices are high and poor people are rioting and/or going hungry.
What hasn’t changed are government policies.
In Washington, congressional leaders extended their debate on the
2007/2008 farm bill. One would think they would take the changed
circumstances into account.
One might think that, but it wouldn’t be true. U.S. politicians are
dancing like it was still 2002 when burdensome supplies had depressed
prices and government subsidies were the tune to dance to.
In the new farm bill it looks like the subsidies will remain, trade
barriers will remain (including the implementation of COOL – Country of
Origin Labeling) and the grain ethanol programs will remain.
What seems lacking is any attempt to help the world.

For analysis on the proposed new farm bill, please click on the following resources:

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