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In the past few days there has been news about the Farm Bill, persistent antibiotics passed from chickens to humans, sugar subsidies, drought, food stamps and milk prices? Meanwhile Americans and their children keep getting fatter and less healthy as profits pile up inside the industrial, corporate food complex. A network of conglomerate chemist, druggist and eco-pirates that are feeding us - well manure - as they destroy ecosystems with monoculture, genetically modified crops, antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, feedlots, liquid feces ponds, etc. These practices create efficiencies of scale - but no economies of scale as the external costs are passed on to consumers and society.The Netherlands is one of the smallest (land mass) sovereign countries in the world and one of the world's top ag exporters. There is no food crisis in America. There is a leadership, policy and legislative crisis presiding over the USDA and FDA.The billions spent on agricultural subsidy so that more billions can pile in to agra-industrial profits could be logically directed at encouraging small, product-varied family farms, good land practices, local food production and healthy, distributed food production.Food quality, food security and land management will all improve with distributed production and processing.
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