The Electric Commentary

Sunday, November 27, 2005

So, just how big are American farm subsidies?

From the book Raising Less Corn, More Hell: The Case For The Independent Farm And Against Industrial Food, by George Pyle, via Marginal Revolution:

Over 2001 and 2002, America's 25,000 cotton farmers received more subsidies -- about $3 billion -- than the entire economic output of Burkina Faso in a year. Two million people in Burkina Faso live partly or fully from cotton farming.

2 Comments:

  • Uh, maybe Burkina Fasco isn't the best benchmark as nobody knows it exists.

    Happy belated birthday by the way.

    By Anonymous Scott, at 2:22 PM  

  • Yes, but he tells you that:

    Two million people in Burkina Faso live partly or fully from cotton farming.

    And that there are about 25,000 subsidy receiving cotton farmers.

    What else do you need to know?

    Thanks, by the way.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:30 PM  

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