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ref date:12 Mar 1999 (ECON)
The Common Agricultural fiasco

For almost thirty years farmers in Europe have been paid to overproduce, paid to dump food and leave land fallow.

That may be coming to an end after high level agricultural meetings today in Brussels.

What is frightening is that if SMALL farmers are hit badly, they go out of business destroying an age old culture, the rural landscape, opening up possibilities for more urbanization and large monopolistic farm mega-corps to hike prices!

A good example is that the worlds largest grain producer has about the highest real-terms bread and cereal costs - the USA, because of price fixing by agri corps!