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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Why do American farmers buy tractors from John Deere?

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...