Sunday, February 7, 2010

Disincentive for organic farming

"Under our current system, it is more profitable for farmers to grow crops laced with chemicals than organic ones because they get larger government handouts from the Department of Agriculture’s Farm Subsidy program, more marketing assistance and stronger crop insurance programs.

If farmers do choose to grow organic crops, it costs them more. It’s not just that they don’t get the same level of subsidy support from the government. They are also charged a fee to prove that their crops are safe, and on top of that, they are charged another fee for the right to label their crops “organic.” As a result, organic farmers have a higher cost structure, while our taxpayer dollars subsidize the crops with the chemicals...."

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