A plague of corn

Written by Michael Pollan

So the plague of cheap corn goes on, impoverishing farmers (both here and in the countries to which we export it), degrading the land, polluting the water, and bleeding the federal treasury, which now spends up to $5 billion a year subsidizing cheap corn.  But though those subsidy checks go to the farmer (and represents nearly half of net farm income today), what the Treasury is really subsidizing are the buyers of all that cheap corn.  According to George Naylor, corn farmer, "Agriculture's always going to be organized by the government; the question is, organized for whose benefit?  Now it's for Cargill and Coca-Cola.  It's certainly not for the farmer."

Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma, pp. 54-55. 

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