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Unknown #2

Dumb? More like desperate.

Food, Love and Policy By Unknown #2 on October 24, 2007
If the latest Farm Bill seems a disappointment to anyone hoping for a more enlightened food policy in this country, well, consider the source. Efforts to address traditional farm subsidy programs which have long supported factory farmed corn syrup, sugar and white rice over more nutritious alternatives have failed to gather significant support in Washington. Link: US farm bill unlikely to aid good nutrition - Financial Times - MSNBC.com.
The most shocking - but, upon reflection, predictable - comment in the article comes from Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson, who shrugs off those concerns by noting that the organic sector seems to be doing OK by itself, wihtout government help. Here's Peterson's money quote: "For whatever reason, people are willing to pay two or three times as much for something that says 'organic' or 'local'. Far be it from me to understand what that's about, but that's reality. And if people are dumb enough to pay that much then hallelujah."
Yeah. People willing to support - with their own precious dollars - a healthier, more sustainable system of food production, are dumb.
By the way, Peterson's credentials? He's just the chair of the House Agricultural Committee.
The chair.


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