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Why is the lack of seasonal agricultural workers considered a problem given the high unemployment rate in every Western country?

I think these countries are in fact approaching this as a problem that has an obvious solution, as you suggest. The issue lies, however, with convincing their populace to work these seasonal jobs, and ...
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Why must export of Ukrainian grain go through Russian diplomatic and military approval?

From the Wall Street Journal: Before Russia’s invasion, around 98% of Ukraine’s prodigious grain exports would flow from ports on the Black Sea. But those ports have been shut by a Russian naval ...
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Why does the Common Agricultural Policy exist?

Farmers receive subsidies in many many countries around the world, including EU countries prior to the CAP, the US, or Switzerland. One justification that's commonly offered is that self-sufficiency ...
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Does the European Union buy soybeans?

According to Reuters, it's not the EU but companies: “It is not the European Commission that buys, but the industry, and traders who look for goods where they are the least expensive for their ...
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Why is the lack of seasonal agricultural workers considered a problem given the high unemployment rate in every Western country?

There are significant efforts to recruit unemployed or underemployed locals for seasonal farm work. In many cases seasonal farm work is actually skilled work, at least if it is to be done quickly and ...
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Why must export of Ukrainian grain go through Russian diplomatic and military approval?

Couldn't just bypass the blockade? I assume that transporting grains by train is more expensive. But transporting the grains to the ports on the Danube in Romania is not a long leg. The Ukrainian &...
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Why can't Ukraine ship grain from Mariupol?

Well, you have the answer in the story I've linked in your question: Russia blames the situation on what it says are Ukrainian mines So basically Ukraine shipping via Mariupol would be a tacit ...
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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?

Many farmers do seem to recognise that there are climate-related effects (even if they don't name it as such), however, farmers don't always agree climate change is a result of human actions. The ...
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Who authorizes the $12B in emergency aid to farmers and where does it come from?

According to your sourced article, this would be facilitated using the Commodity Credit Corporation. This is an entity that was created in 1933 to help stabilize farm production income during the ...
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Why does the Common Agricultural Policy exist?

Not all of the so-called "CAP" has its primary goal of agricultural output. For example, in the UK there are large areas of land where the weather and soil conditions are only suitable for low-...
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Why is the lack of seasonal agricultural workers considered a problem given the high unemployment rate in every Western country?

Lower Salary requests: Seasonal workers at the end of the season might go back to their country where there's a lower cost of living (at least for now). Furthermore, if they have to support a family, ...
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Why must export of Ukrainian grain go through Russian diplomatic and military approval?

German TV news outlet Tagesschau on May 28th published a longer piece about the situation at Romanian ports Romania creaks under weight of Ukraine transports. Here are some translated excerpts: Up to ...
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Why can't Ukraine ship grain from Mariupol?

Ukraine and Russia are at war. When you are at war you try not to treat with the other party, especially with things like grain, since the other party can seize the grain for their own use. It would ...
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Why do American farmers buy tractors from John Deere?

It required drilling down into these articles several layers (about 12) to find the relevant information. First, the issue they complain about above only applies if the repair is with the computer ...
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How do the "save the bees" popular initiatives in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg differ?

First of all, Winfried Kretschmann, minister-president of Baden-Württemberg, isn't really a typical representative of the Green party. He belongs to the Green-Conservative wing of the party which ...
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Why is the Common Agricultural Policy unfavourable to the UK?

Confirmation basically from perhaps a less biased source The catch is that is only pillar 1 subsidies (100% EU budget contribs), there are also pillar 2 CAP subsidies (50/50 split with the national ...
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Why is the Common Agricultural Policy unfavourable to the UK?

It's hard to be impartial in defining the advantages and disadvantages of the CAP, since it involves making a value judgement of what it's "for". However, the current implementation makes especially ...
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Why can't Ukraine ship grain from Mariupol?

Russia is lying Russia destroyed Mariupol Mariupol is not used for grain export; the main grain export city in Ukraine is Mykolaiv Russia destroyed a huge grain export facility in Mykolaiv a week ago ...
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What are the law changes farmers in India are protesting about

The protests from farmers is around the three laws enacted by the government of India recently around agricultural activities. Following are the laws, Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion ...
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Why is the lack of seasonal agricultural workers considered a problem given the high unemployment rate in every Western country?

I would dispute all the premises of the question. Until now, there are no unprecedented levels of unemployment due to COVID19-related measures across the Western world. The only country where I have ...
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Why can't state leaders or UN or World Food and Agriculture Organization stop the unimaginable food wastage level?

There's generally two types of food waste: (almost) at the point of consumption and before that. In richer countries large amounts of losses happen at the point of consumption or just before that, for ...
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How were farmers affected by demonetization in India?

Farmers were severely affected by this demonetization as indicated by this paper that thoroughly covers the subject: Farmers, who are the backbone of our (Indian) national economy, were severely ...
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Why is the lack of seasonal agricultural workers considered a problem given the high unemployment rate in every Western country?

Well, first of all, a far more effective solution would be to send low-risk incarcerated offenders out into the fields. This would help to reduce overcrowding in incarcerated populations (lowering the ...
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How does California define essential agriculture?

This is badly framed question from a political perspective. California prides itself (or at least its farming communities do) for providing 1/4 of the (domestically produced, I assume) food for the US ...
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Why is the lack of seasonal agricultural workers considered a problem given the high unemployment rate in every Western country?

This question's premise is fundamentally flawed because it ignores a simple fact about agricultural work: Local workers don't want to do it. The reasons behind this are numerous, but the primary two ...
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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?

Whereas one would expect farmers to notice changes in climate locally, it doesn’t follow that they are well placed to judge whether there is a broader pattern and whether the change is due to natural ...
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What were the motivations for Sri Lanka's banning of chemical fertilizers?

In their policy document and this 2021 news report, the Government cite campaign promises, public health and "guaranteeing the people‟s right for safe food". "Sri Lanka President ...
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Does the European Union buy soybeans?

can the EU Commission force or otherwise obligate companies to purchase US soybeans instead of their existing non-US suppliers. Not directly, but it doesn't need to anyway. Here's why: Since China ...
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Are Indian farm acts anti-environment?

In my understanding, they are not anti environment but pro environment. Because (I'll answer only from environment perspective) Overall, new farm laws allow for competitive pricing of the crops which ...
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What were the motivations for Sri Lanka's banning of chemical fertilizers?

As I see the only alternative to the official reason suggested/discussed is about bomb-making... that's hardly the only one in the press. A non-exhaustive list of other reasons suggested: Some ...
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