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Free Market Dangers to Food

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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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Mainstream Farming Facing Chronic Crises

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Touch the Soil News #168 Recently (8/27/2015), Bloomberg Business writer, Alan Bjerga, did a story on FarmLink, which has a subsidiary called “MachineryLink.” The idea is that many farmers plant and harvest at different times – creating an opportunity to share equipment. MachineryLink is in the business of facilitating farmers sharing equipment – helping offset low income levels. While the idea has merit, it will fall short in addressing the recent announcement by the USDA that 2015 net farm income will be over 50 percent less than in 2013. Large pieces of equipment, like combines, are often used only 20 to 30 days a year. New combines can range in…

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