16 Jun '11, 12pm

Good piece on the clash of paradigms in world ag policy, and the incoherence of Administration's approach(es)

point 1 above), which it partly does. Philpott fails to adequately cut the two apart. 3. (& Continuing point 2,) Philpott's rebuttal to the trade access question is to argue that "the fixation on doubling U.S. ag exports can't be good news for farmers in the global south, who struggle to compete with their highly capitalized U.S. peers." He does't rebut the claim that export increases are said to be good for US farmers. In other words, as Vilsack touts a position in favor of US farmers, Philpott argues against them, in keeping with the rampant misunderstandings of farm subsidies and other issues. Here again, the consensus that includes US farmers on our side is missing and it's possibility is misunderstood. The purpose of trade access is to lower world prices. Prices can't be held up when dumping is allowed, and that especially includes US prices. "Trade access" conceals t...

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