Political Values and the Future of U.S. Agriculture

Paul B. Thompson

in The Agrarian Vision

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125879
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135557 | DOI:
Political Values and the Future of U.S. Agriculture

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's creation of a certified-organic level has made mainstream agriculture keenly aware that times are changing. They utilized lawsuits and ballot initiatives to mandate changes in agricultural production systems. Traditional agricultural interests played on the sympathies of America for decades, quoting Jefferson and voting subsidies for themselves. The path being followed by mainstream agriculture is increasingly seen as one fraught with risk. At the same time, mainstream farmers have never done better economically. Some U.S. corn growers reaped windfall profits for crops diverted to ethanol production, although the long-term future of this application is still very much in doubt.

Keywords: mainstream; lawsuits; America; windfall; ethanol

Chapter.  10386 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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