Farm Subsidies – Joseph Heller Style

It is extraordinary how much the rest of the world subsidises agriculture. I included a link to a farm subsidies graph in yesterday’s post but it deserves its own comment. The Economist estimates government support makes up 60% of farm receipts in Norway. For Norwegian farmers, more money comes from the government than from selling produce. It reminds me of Major Major’s father in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22: His specialty was alfalfa, and he made a good thing out of not growing any. The government paid him well for every bushel of alfalfa he did not grow. The more alfalfa...

It is extraordinary how much the rest of the world subsidises agriculture. I included a link to a farm subsidies graph in yesterday’s post but it deserves its own comment.

The Economist estimates government support makes up 60% of farm receipts in Norway. For Norwegian farmers, more money comes from the government than from selling produce.

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