Post dereg of the Dairy biz in Australia - Part 1

jay gee jgj23 at
Sun Apr 7 10:26:47 EDT 2002

Part 1 of 2.  Split due to bounce for overlength.  Sorry.

Phil form Iowa wrote:

 Well the industrialization of agriculture was put in affect with the 1995 
 Farm bill and these is no way of of reversing what has happened until the 
 governent comes in a breaks up the monoplys that has been created in the 
 agricultural industry.   The prices that farmers recieve have nothing to do 
 with supply and demand, it swings only on what one of three Corporation is 
 willing to pay for a certain commodity, beings there is no competion they pay 
 what they want.

The industrialization of agriculture started long before 1995 and the Farm Bill
produced that year.  As for monopolization of markets, that is a function of
product oversupply on a worldwide scale.

I don't know who these Big 3 corporations are (ADM, Cargill, ?? maybe), but
I do know that three U.S. automakers used to dominate the world automobile
and truck markets, but that is the case no longer.  Only two of them remain
independent and their share of market are down substantially since 1964.

The agrigiants are headed in the same direction and local farmers have some
say in how fast they are deposed from their perches.  Especially now, with the
passage of some serious campaign reform, individual farmers have a chance
to make their voices heard with individual campaign contributions and by
setting up local PACS to promote their interests at campaign time.

Independent farmers must learn to put the power of words to work for them
through the power of advertising, public relations and education.  Market
farmers are a key element to this strategy because they reach people at
a grass roots level.  Nobody, not even agribusiness, wants people eating
things that cause them to grow second heads, have upset stomachs, or
produce birth defects in offspring.  If you think Ford has problems with
Explorer and rollovers, imagine the liability for creating birth defects (much
greater than selling tobacco).

Part 2 follows

Jay Gee
not a farmer -- but interested in farming

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