How Big Money Corrupts
Agriculture - Food Prices
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Four years ago Congress passed the Freedom to Farm bill, supported by our incumbent Paul Gillmor, phasing out the system of price supports and acreage set asides, which helped stabilize commodity prices for the farmer since the Depression years. Passage of the bill was a high priority for Big Ag Business, which poured nearly $30 million through Political Action Committees and individual contributions to our elected officials in Washington.

What happened? Farmers over-produced and crop prices have fallen dramatically. Corn, wheat, and soybeans have lost between 1/3 to 1/2 of the value. Consumers haven't benefitted either. The cost of most food prices have either stayed the same or risen at our grocery stores, who benefitted Big Ag Business like the four firms who control nearly 90% of our cereal market. Meanwhile, thousands of family farms are going out of business from the result of falling crop prices and unbearable debt.

So what's the solution? It's natural and sustainable and it's education, not legislation.

The Natural Law Party supports proven and profitable natural sustainable organic farming as the solution to the family farm crisis. Crop rotations practiced in organic farming naturally creates acreage set asides, which gives premium prices for the farmer and creates premium quality food for the consumer and at the same time safeguarding our soil for future generations. Also, I will support and promote a program that will enable teachers in grades K-12 to incorporate sustainable agriculture into their day to day teaching schedule.

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