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THREAD: 3 TOP ZOMBIE TROPES ABOUT FARM SUBSIDIES:A friendly guide for non-ag journos-please forward / tag relevant writers and editors

A guide to avoid saying dumb things "everyone knows" which aren't actually true at all. (disclaimer: not a defense of US ag policy) #fafdlstorm
ZOMBIE AG SUBSIDY TROPE #1:
"Farm subsidies fuel cheap food which contributes to the obesity crisis."

INCORRECT !!!!!
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This popped up recently, not once, but TWICE on the @nytimes OP/ED page last month alone. It's a really, really popular bit of zombie conventional wisdom.
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I would call any farm that uses the methods of industrial production a "factory farm". If a farm takes advantage of scale, repetition, and automation to produce uniform commodity products, that's industrial production. 1/n
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2. The reason why it is seen as a derogatory term is because it's counterposed to either a sentimental fantasy or to niche farms that it really isn't in competition with because they serve different markets. 2/n
3. But there is a unrealistic belief that pastoral niche farms could replace industrial agriculture at scale. It can't and shouldn't.
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