The Claims of Industrial Agriculture

Now you may be wondering why radical feminism was associated with agriculture in the previous post, especially since industrial farming claims to be far more productive. This claim is not necessarily false, but it only gives us a partial view of the big picture. From a monetary perspective, most of our agricultural imports certainly come from countries with high and upper-middle incomes, and this figure has only been increasing during the past couple of decaades:

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However, increased agricultural productivity has a downside in the form of a crash in food prices. Since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, the US government has been paying some farmers to leave their land fallow. The aim here is to raise the prices of crops to increase the profitability of American farms. With fewer crops on the market, the law of supply and demand result in higher prices.

References

Cooke, B. (n.d.). USDA Economic Research Service – Imports. Retrieved September 4, 2016, from http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/international-markets-trade/us-agricultural-trade/imports.aspx

Our crazy farm subsidies, explained. (2015, April 20). Retrieved from http://grist.org/food/our-crazy-farm-subsidies-explained/

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