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The Emerging Food Domino Effect

Touch the Soil News #276 Emerging in the global food landscape is what could well be called the domino effect. In past decades, the effect of one nation’s struggle for food did not necessarily domino over to other nations. Most nations tried to be somewhat food self-sufficient. Many nations had subsidy programs to support and encourage their national foods and farmers. However, no nation ever considered balancing its population with its ability to feed itself. Then came the World Trade Organization (WTO). To join the WTO, nations had to eliminate subsidies in order for farmers across the oceans to be able to compete with farmers of someone’s homeland. The world’s…

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A Glimpse at the Big Picture – What Would You Propose?

Touch the Soil News # 155 Earlier this week, Canadian farmers have worked themselves into an uproar over big money buying Canadian farmland. Only this time, it was the Canada Pension Plan – Canada’s social security plan. The rub stems from the Canada Pension Plan buying 115,000 acres of farmland in the province of Saskatchewan with plans to buy more. The Canadian farmers complain they are putting their retirement money into the Canada Pension Plan which then turns around and bids up the price of farmland right from under their feet. To add insult to injury, the Canada Pension Plan uses pre-tax dollars, while the farmers must use post-tax dollars…

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