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To Revive Rural America, We Must Fix Our Broken Food System

By The American Conservative

America’s agricultural system has become extractive, and more and more of the profits are flowing to a fewRead full story

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  • Interesting piece that applies the current debate over the consumer-welfare standard in antitrust law to agriculture; it's a novel angle because most of that debate has centered on tech, because most of us interface with the bad parts of tech every day, but not the bad parts of agriculture.

  • A thoughtful read about the farmers whose hard work puts food on our tables, but who often can barely afford to put food on their own.

  • Conservatives who don’t want to see rural America disappear have an unlikely ally in the inner-city hippies that want locally grown kale and bell peppers - they both dislike the gargantuan corporations that currently sit atop the food system. If these two interest groups could team up, I’d love to see what they make happen.

    I think that all the new digitally-enabled farming technology coming down the pipe will be key to disrupting the big-four. But that being said, maybe the rural nature of small

    Conservatives who don’t want to see rural America disappear have an unlikely ally in the inner-city hippies that want locally grown kale and bell peppers - they both dislike the gargantuan corporations that currently sit atop the food system. If these two interest groups could team up, I’d love to see what they make happen.

    I think that all the new digitally-enabled farming technology coming down the pipe will be key to disrupting the big-four. But that being said, maybe the rural nature of small thriving farming communities is destined to come to an end regardless. The model only seems to make sense because the government has been funding large farms that grow staple crops since the dust bowl. If the government aid to farmers was instead focused on helping farmers break free of corporate contracts, who knows what could happen.

  • What do you mean by broken? Since our agriculture is the top producer, worldwide, it must be concentration of ownership. Inheritance taxes have it difficult to pass farms down through the family. Democrats don’t car, most in rural America are Republicans. Republicans over look the concentration, because the Koch brothers, give them a lot of money. I don’t see how you will reverse things, constitutionally.

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