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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 do farms need subsidies?

Suppose I live in a country where I can grow enough grain to feed my people. There will be a certain cost to grow this grain. Now somewhere else, there's another country where they can grow a lot of ...
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Why do farms need subsidies?

Incorrect assumption. Farms don't need subsidies to make them viable. There are already plenty of farms that would be viable today without subsidies, and if subsidies would disappear only a few farms ...
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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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Are there any major countries without agricultural subsidies?

New Zealand comes close. They eliminated almost all their farm subsidies in the 1980s. New Zealand is a developed nation with population just under 5 million. New Zealand is a country of about 4.6 ...
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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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What is the libertarian solution to the antibiotic resistance caused by massive use of antibiotics in agriculture?

So, what do libertarians think about that problem? Most libertarians hold nuanced views and don't see the world as entirely black-and-white, just like moderate members of most other ideological ...
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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 do farms need subsidies?

Your comment: My train of thought is that its a form of protectionism, preventing exposure to cheaper imports by making it artificially financially viable. Is pretty much spot on ...why is it ...
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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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Are there any major countries without agricultural subsidies?

The reason most major nations subsidize agriculture: food is the most strategic resource of all. Let there be a shortage of food, and the populace becomes very agitated. Hunger pushes people to do ...
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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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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 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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Why do farms need subsidies?

The claimed reasons for subsidies in the United States relate to the twin issues of good and bad harvests. In a year of a bad harvest, a farm doesn't produce enough food for sale to buy other ...
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Why does the USDA handle nutrition recommendations?

Before going to far, it's important to note that your premise isn't entirely correct: nutritional standards are currently created by a joint effort of the Department of Agriculture and the Department ...
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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 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 is the libertarian solution to the antibiotic resistance caused by massive use of antibiotics in agriculture?

There is a very broad range of libertarians who will answer very differently to this question. An extremist libertarian would probably say that it's just natural selection at play. Profits and the ...
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Why does the USDA specify 'American Indian/Alaska Native' foods as a separate food group?

Q: Why does the USDA specify 'American Indian/Alaska Native' foods as a separate food group? On November 6, 2000, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination With ...
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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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