LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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Are you aware of this site http://kickaas.typepad.com?
Among other articles, close to your heart, it carries this
Farming and subsidies: a messy divorce.
This week, with remarkably little publicity, a quiet revolution is taking place: henceforth the subsidies given to Europe’s farmers will be divorced from what they produce. This article is one of a comparatively few places to give it any space.
In principle this is a very good thing as farmers will no longer be directly bribed — sorry, induced — to grow uneconomic crops that are much better suited to developing countries which could employ hundreds of thousands of extra workers to do it. If farmers suddenly withdraw from such markets then it could be a boon for the Third World. The European Union, so often criticised for its inability to make progress in this vital area has at least done something. America, please note.
The catch is that farmers will keep on getting the subsidies – equivalent to nearly £230 a hectare at least until 2012 even if they produce nothing at all! Some farmers could carry on producing uneconomic crops simply because they are used to doing that. At the other extreme farmers could sell off all their land and keep the subsidies – or sell the subsidies and keep the land (though subsidies would have to be bought by people with farming land so they don’t just become part of a financial market like stocks and shares).
Either way, surely farmers will find it impossible to hang on to subsidies divorced from output after 2012.
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