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The Agrarian VisionSustainability and Environmental Ethics$
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Paul B. Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125879

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125879.001.0001

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Political Values and the Future of U.S. Agriculture

Political Values and the Future of U.S. Agriculture

(p.62) Chapter 3 Political Values and the Future of U.S. Agriculture
The Agrarian Vision

Paul B. Thompson

University Press of Kentucky

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's creation of a certified-organic level has made mainstream agriculture keenly aware that times are changing. They utilized lawsuits and ballot initiatives to mandate changes in agricultural production systems. Traditional agricultural interests played on the sympathies of America for decades, quoting Jefferson and voting subsidies for themselves. The path being followed by mainstream agriculture is increasingly seen as one fraught with risk. At the same time, mainstream farmers have never done better economically. Some U.S. corn growers reaped windfall profits for crops diverted to ethanol production, although the long-term future of this application is still very much in doubt.

Keywords:   mainstream, lawsuits, America, windfall, ethanol

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