You Are What You Eat…. The Impact of Private Industry and Government in the Nation’s Food Supply and Health. Homework: Form & communicate an opinion. Form & Communicate an Opinion . Consider how information in the unit has affected your opinions about agricultural subsidies in general.
The Impact of Private Industry and Government in the Nation’s Food Supply and Health
Commodities: goods (often agricultural products, and natural resources) for which little or no processing is involved, so there isn't a great deal of difference in the quality of the goods
An agricultural subsidy is a support payment that the federal government makes to farmers and large agribusiness companies
Payments began during the Great Depression
The Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933
Crop yields -- and farm revenues -- fluctuate based on weather conditions and the spread of certain plant diseases.
Proponents say that price supports and other subsidies help smooth out any losses farms may experience during lean (less productive) years.
By guaranteeing prices and managing how much of each crop is grown (or not grown), the government ensures a steady domestic supply of basic commodities for its citizens.
Proponents say this protects the United States against fluctuations and interruptions in the global food supply.