There’s a persistent myth in Europe and America that farms subsidies are needed to protect the “family farm” and all the virtues that accompany rural life. Religious leaders and Catholic Bishops conferences seem to be especially prone to this argument.
Well, that myth is starting become exposed for what it actually is – protectionism by wealthy, politically-influential, corporate farm lobbies.
The EUObserver reports that a new website, FarmSubsidy.org, has been launched today. The website is not yet fully operational, but once it is, it will begin to shed much needed light on this troublesome issue.
Go check out the site, offer comments, and help get this project off the ground.
Europeans are very proud of their democratic credentials, so they should be eager to find out just where their money is going.
The up-side of all this could be freer trade and effective help (as opposed to more governmental aid) for developing countries.