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Why are there so many protest against the agriculture policy despite the strong lobby

Generally, the common agriculture policy is a big thing in the European Union (Why does the Common Agricultural Policy exist?) I read in many German articles that the lobby of the sector is extremely ...
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Why has the United States borne the brunt of criticism related to agricultural subsidies when several countries offer higher level of support?

However, agricultural subsidies can also have trade-distorting effects. For this reason, they are the basis of many international disputes. In the recently negotiated US-Mexico-Canada Agreement ...
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Does farming need government support to work efficiently?

In 2020, there were farm law protests in India, related to concern of farmer losing certain government support from Indian govt. I thought this was maybe due to India being a third world country and ...
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What is the libertarian solution to the antibiotic resistance caused by massive use of antibiotics in agriculture?

Libertarians are against all (or at least the vast majority of) government regulation. But there seem to be some things for which government regulation is necessary. Like the antibiotic resistance ...
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Why would IS kill truffle pickers?

IS militants have repeatedly preyed on those searching for the fungus, with more than 150 people killed this year. [...] A kilogram (2.2lb) can fetch more than the country's average monthly wage. [...]...
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How does California define essential agriculture?

Conservationists are proposing to categorize water end-use according to whether or not it is essential. What makes it politically (and economically) interesting is that non-essential water use could ...
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What were the motivations for Sri Lanka's banning of chemical fertilizers?

Sri Lanka is going through a serious crisis caused by a number of economic factors. One recurring theme, besides the Covid tourism crash, is the collapse of local agriculture following a ban on ...
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Why can't Ukraine ship grain from Mariupol?

Russia keeps repeating that they do not want to hinder the grain shipping in any way and that the port in Mariupol is safe to use. Why not to say, then, let's ship from Mariupol if that port is safe? ...
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Why must export of Ukrainian grain go through Russian diplomatic and military approval?

You can find claims all over the media that Ukraine cannot export their grain (I assume it was last year's production since it is too early for the new harvest) because the Russian navy has blockaded ...
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Has California considered replacing water subsidies with direct agricultural subsidies?

In California, farmers get access to cheap water that they have to use for farming or else they lose all rights to it. There appear to be two political reasons for this: to encourage agriculture, and ...
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Do Indian farmers have the equivalent of a political lobby?

There are many accusations going around about the recent laws regarding agriculture in India. In particular that these laws are heavily influenced by corporate interests. But it seems to me that, ...
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Are Indian farm acts anti-environment?

My only focused question: Are Indian farm acts, which were and are in news, anti-environment? For those willing to read why I am asking, read it below. It is incomplete research. A. Environmentalists ...
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What are the law changes farmers in India are protesting about

Currently farmers in India are protesting some law changes related to farming. Since Punjab is primarily agricultural, the changes are disproportionately affecting Sikhs which has lead to widespread ...
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Can anyone provide historical datasets giving country-by-country ratio of export-agriculture sector to domestic-use-agriculture sector?

Essentially, I want to examine the effect of agricultural commercialization on a number of factors and considered this a good place to start. Does anyone know of any such datasets, preferably ...
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What are points for and against the three Farm Bills passed by Indian parliament recently? [duplicate]

The Indian Parliament has passed three related Farm Bills recently, and there are mixed opinions regarding these bills. Why are there mixed reactions regarding these? What are the arguments for and ...
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Why is the lack of seasonal agricultural workers considered a problem given the high unemployment rate in every Western country?

Currently farmers in Western countries are warning governments that without foreign workers their fields will be impossible to harvest: “We are in need of a lot of foreign workers,” Eystein Ruud, a ...
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How do the "save the bees" popular initiatives in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg differ?

A popular initiative for biodiversity in Bavaria was signed by 18.3% of the eligible population. The minister-president from the conservative CSU supported the proposal and accepted it in its ...
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How big is the total bailout ("trade aid") that Trump gave to US farmers since the trade war began?

News from 2018 mentioned $12B: [07/24/2018] Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday unveiled a three-part, $12 billion plan to ease the sting of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farmers through a ...
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Why is the Common Agricultural Policy unfavourable to the UK?

It's often said that the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is disadvantage to Britain, from the Guardian: Britain’s withdrawal from the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) provides one of the few ...
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Which politicians (if any) are pushing for plant-based meat and dairy substitutes?

The other day, I went into a restaurant and bought a burger with a plant-based burger patty. I tasted one many years before and it was horrible, so I thought I'd see how far they've come now. Yes, it ...
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Are farmers in the Great Plains aware of the Dust Bowl? [closed]

I'm curious if farmers in the Great Plains are aware today of the history of the Dust Bowl, including its causes. Are there any surveys or polls on the matter among farmers, like there are (also among ...
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If climate change impact can be observed in nature, has that had any effect on rural, i.e. farming community, perception of the scientific consensus?

Simply put, rural US districts tend to be more conservative so tend to vote Republican. And the rejection of climate change theory has been a bedrock of Republican politics for years by now. If one ...
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Why do American farmers buy tractors from John Deere? [closed]

https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/19/03/27/1851206/elizabeth-warren-calls-for-a-national-right-to-repair-law-for-tractors?sbsrc=md Farmers operating John Deere tractors have been fighting against ...
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Why does the Common Agricultural Policy exist?

The Common Agricultural Policy is a system of state grants to farmers in the EU. Why do farms warrant public funding in this way? Isn’t this, in effect a form of protectionism?
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What are some examples of recent concrete policies within the EU Common Agricultural Policy?

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union, launched in 1962, aims to provide consumers with a stable supply of affordable food and to support farmers with stable incomes. It promotes ...
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How were farmers affected by demonetization in India?

In 2016, The India government declared ₹500 and ₹1000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series invalid. This announcement led to significant economic disruption. It is said that farmers were affected ...
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Why can't state leaders or UN or World Food and Agriculture Organization stop the unimaginable food wastage level?

According to the key facts on food loss and food waste by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 1/3 of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, ...
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Does the European Union buy soybeans?

Thursday reports relative to the Juncker-Trump meeting: Europeans agreed ... to buy billions of dollars of American soybeans. Now, my question is quite simple: Does the European union buy ...
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Who authorizes the $12B in emergency aid to farmers and where does it come from?

The Trump administration plans to offer up to $12 billion in aid to farmers hit by tariffs on their goods, an emergency bailout intended to ease the pain caused by Trump's escalating trade war in key ...
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Are there any major countries without agricultural subsidies?

The EU and the US are known for having an amazingly complex set of subsidies for their agricultural products, designed to make sure a stable chain of food supply exists within their region. Are there ...
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Why do farms need subsidies? [duplicate]

The title is slightly misleading, farms need subsidies because it's difficult to make them financially viable, but... Why do farms in developed countries require state subsidies (CAP in Europe, I ...
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Agricultural subsidies of the EU: Why didn't / don't developing countries impose import tariffs on agricultural products?

A common criticism against the agricultural subsidies (mainly against export subsidies) of the European Union is that it leads to dumping in developing nations (say, for example, Ghana) and destroys ...
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Why does the USDA handle nutrition recommendations?

It seems weird to me that the Department of Agriculture administers nutrition recommendations. They have close ties to the food production industry, so it seems like they would have incentives to set ...
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Why does the USDA specify 'American Indian/Alaska Native' foods as a separate food group?

I was recently looking at the USDA Nutrient Database and I noticed that they categorized 'American Indian/Alaska Native' as a separate food group. For example, what is the difference between 35137 - ...
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What is the purpose of farm subsidies today?

Roughly every five years, Congress debates and eventually passes an agriculture (i.e., farm) bill. The first farm bill, as I understand it, was passed during the Great Depression as a means of ...
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