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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Tobacco Road
Jeez Thomas Jefferson wouldn't like this at all.
Trouble brewing according to the NYT, seems like another group of anti free-trade America haters is making noise, this time its the farmers, produce farmers to be exact. Apparently faced with tough, if not staggering competition from freed-trade imports, especially China, produce farmers from California to Florida have joined together and are asking for government subsidies, for the first time, ever, at the tune of around $1 billion dollars, the farmers I guess haven't heard of the whole invisible hand or whatever. Things are definitely looking bleak, take garlic growers as an example,
"California growers once dominated the garlic industry in the United States, but imports from China and Hong Kong have increased from less than 1 million pounds in 2000 to 112 million pounds last year. This year, for the first time, more Chinese garlic will be sold in the United States than California produces, Commerce Department figures show."
It gets worse
"Other specialty crop groups are also struggling with foreign competition, in particular from China, which has geared its agriculture industry towards labor-intensive, higher-value fruits and vegetables. China has begun to dominate everything from apples to onions. Chinese exports have also eaten into American growers’ share of markets in Japan and Hong Kong for items like broccoli and lettuce."
Wow, first we lost all the manufacturing jobs, now the farms, huh...well, worry not my fellow Americans, still plenty of good jobs they cant export, like ...Wal Mart cashier, and um...chimney sweep, and I think they still pay for plasma at the blood bank. Besides, all this completion only goes to benefit the consumer, it helps you Mr. Average American in the form of lower prices on your favorite products, or would, you know if you could afford them, if you weren't working that shitty job at Walgreen's or whatever since the factory shut down and the farm foreclosed.
NYT "Imports Spurring Push to Subsidize Produce"

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