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Forget Free Trade – Just Buy Food Producing Assets

Touch the Soil News #867 (Feature photo – Holstein Dairy Cow – USDA public domain) Our economic system is complicated. First, working people and businesses must translate their efforts into dollars. Then in the intense competition over dollars, many get externalized. To top it off, speculators play all kinds of tricks when it comes to the price of food. Is free trade – within the present economic paradigm – really that smart? The world’s largest nation – China – doesn’t think it completely is. That is why their economic goals are often not focused on free trade, but ownership of food producing assets. Recently, the largest and oldest dairy in…

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Free Market Dangers to Food

Touch the Soil News #691 (Photo- Senzeni Zokwana – South African Minister of Agriculture faces huge challenges – CC SA 4.0)) While public discussions are infrequent, the issue of whether or not the realm of food should be removed from free markets and competition is not new. The issue goes deeper than just the free-market concept. All economic efforts – be they individual or business – must first be translated into dollars. Somewhere along the path where free-market concepts and the financial sector intertwine, things can go awry. They can go awry, because neither the free market nor financial world knows how to react to real world issues such as…

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