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    Community Manager
    09.13.2013
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  • jtrav21's picture
    jtrav21
    08.13.2013
    Stu - I absolutely agree that the Farm Bill and the subsidy programs have major issues. However, I'm there are MANY groups that lobby government for their interests, and many of the Farm Bill programs were in place LONG before GMO crops were commercialized. It's simply out of date. I don't see that as the same as it is structured only to benefit GMO crops. I'm sure organic farmers are constantly pushing for their interests at all levels of government through their industry associations and memberships. This is nothing new and it takes place across all industries. Do you have suggestions about how to address those issues, rather than pointing the finger at a specific technology as the center of blame? All American citizens DO have a say in how our government works and who our representatives are - you are free to vote, lobby, and promote your position in this nation. I find it disingenuous to point a finger at GMOs when the issues you are referring to are much deeper and more complex. Can you provide any detail, evidence, or further substantiation of your generalizations of how the Farm Bill and industrial agriculture (organic or not) operate? That might provide more of an opportunity to discuss and share perspectives than your generalizations.
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    Stu Smith
    08.12.2013
    How do you think GMO agriculture would fair if we the people had a real say in stopping all subsidies?
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    Stu Smith
    08.12.2013
    Then why are the subsidies only targeting farmers that produce GMOs? They never subsidize organic farmers. You think the corporations that produce GMOs and the chemicals have no hand in that through lobbying and working for the FDA?
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    jtrav21
    08.12.2013
    Stu Smith - why do you relate Farm Bill subsidies to GMO crops? The subsidies are provided regardless of GMO or non-GMO crops. The setup of the Farm Bill supersedes the introduction of GM crops - so the industry was operating this way years before farmers adopted GM crops.

    SaveMyFood - can you explain your comment about how subsidies provided to farmers is somehow handed to Monsanto? What about the other major seed producers? Are they somehow left out of benefiting from this honey hole?
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    SaveMyFood
    08.06.2013
    This topic isn't discussed enough. Funny how all of that money ends up in Monsanto's hands. It does nothing to help the farmers, unless they're content just getting by.