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Do You Have ANY Idea How Absurd U.S. Farm Subsidies Are?

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  • Wealthy absentee landowners and millionaire mega-farms receive the most farm subsidies, with top recipients earning over $1 million in subsidy payments a year
  • The bottom 80 percent of subsidy recipients averaged just $587 a year in payments, whereas 62 percent of U.S. farmers received no subsidy payments at all
  • Farm subsidies were initially created to protect staple crops during times of war, reduce crop surpluses and provide monetary support to farmers when crop prices fell, but today mega-farms receive subsidies whether they need them or not in the form of fixed annual cash payments
  • The most heavily subsidized crops are corn, wheat, soybeans and rice, the very foods you should eat less of if you want to stay healthy
  • If you don't like the idea of your tax dollars lining the pockets of wealthy corporations, support small family farms in your area instead of buying heavily subsidized processed foods

By Dr. Mercola

If you're like many Americans, when you think of farm subsidies you think of rolling green pastures, fields of golden wheat and corn, and a hillside full of cattle peacefully meandering through the grass.


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