The Impact of Agricultural Subsidies in the United States on Farmers in Developing Countries


           Government subsidies on agriculture were introduced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. At the time of their installment, these subsidies were intended to help pull the nation, its farmers in particular, from the grasps of the Great Depression. The subsidies remain in place to this day, not because of an economic advantage, but primarily because of advantages in national security. Despite that other nations hold a comparative advantage in producing many of the crops grown on American soil, the United States subsidizes their agriculture in order to ensure an abundant supply of food in the event of a global disruption in trade.  In addition, many supporters of subsidies argue that the economic benefits of importing crops from nations with a comparative advantage in farming do not outweigh the decreases in unemployment that will result from the outsourcing of U.S. farming jobs. While they…

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I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to The Impact of Agricultural Subsidies in the United States on Farmers in Developing Countries

  1. EqFe says:

    The truth is, that in the US we have become addicted to cheap food. THe average consumer refuses to believe it, but in fact we pay the lowest percentage of our disposable income on food in the developed world, On top of that 14 million families recieve direct food aid from the state and Federal Government. I don’t see and serious discussion on the subsidies.

    • argylesock says:

      Yes. My own country, and others which copy your country, have a similar pattern of demanding food to be cheap. Unreasonably cheap. We’ve seen it here recently with the fight over milk prices.

      I think we’re seeing it again with Horsegate – the processed ‘beef’ products which have been found to contain horsemeat have tended to be the budget products. Advice to buy British, relying on the Red Tractor logo, favours consumers whose food budgets aren’t extremely tight.

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