Subsidizing starvation

  • Article by: Maura R. O'Connor , Foreign Policy
  • Updated: January 15, 2013 - 2:32 PM

U.S. rice subsidies exacerbates poverty in Haiti.

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aj11917Jan. 15, 13 3:51 PM

So much for the Free Market. The U.S. subsidizes so many (poor, middle class & the rich) that it does not know how to stop. They call it 'Leveling the playing field', but people who do get subsidies are hooked just like an addict. There is no way of weaning these people and markets off these subsidies. We will have to do something drastic or have something drastic happen to change even a little.

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hermajestyJan. 15, 13 5:29 PM

The way in which the U.S. agricultural subsidies hurt poor countries is that they allow U.S. growers to dump crops overseas for less than the local growers (let's say in Haiti) can afford to sell them for. This is temporarily good for the Haitian consumers, but bad for the Haitian economy as a whole, because it puts the farmers out of business. They then migrate to the cities and become yet another family of shantytown dwellers.

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davehougJan. 15, 13 5:38 PM

"The support that U.S. rice producers receive is a big factor in why they are a big player in the global rice market and the leading source of imported rice in Haiti," - - - OR the fact US farmers with GPS guided tractors + deep wells will always produce cheaper than a family with hand tools. The problem is more complex than a single sound bite.

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MN4MNJan. 15, 13 7:54 PM

How about the US worries about itself

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owatonnabillJan. 16, 13 6:23 AM

Well, Haiti was a mess long before Sandy and will continue to be a mess long after Sandy. I doubt that the control one country exerts over 2% of a certain crop is gonna do much for starvation either way in a county that has known nothing BUT starvation for it's entire existence. But ya wanna talk subsidies? Then talk about ethanol and biodiesel. $5.69 per lb. chuck steak is a direct result of our government pouring resources once destined for animal feed into a product that is making no more than a miniscule difference in our balance-of-trade vis as vis petroleum products. Should we be concerned about a drop in a bucket? Or about an issue that affects every one of us?

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twspt7Jan. 16, 1312:04 PM

"But ya wanna talk subsidies?" Concentrating on the minnows again, o-bill? You bring up ethanol in a discussion about subsidies and neglect to mention oil? And do you realize that corn is good for neither the cows that eat it nor the people that eat the corn-fed cows?

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hjlazniJan. 16, 13 2:33 PM

Supposedly more efficient Big Business putting less efficient small business out of business and less people have jobs or the money to purchase products in the economy. The wealthier people, with a larger portion of the Monoply game money, invest it rather than spend it with less revenue as tax going to the government. The elected representatives, more and more, beholden to the wealthy that fund them. Only a true democracy can fix this.

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