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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Summer Blog Challenge: Day 49
Today's Challenge: If you could be President for a day, what one law would you change?
If I were in charge for a day, what I would change is a program, not a law. The government gives subsidies to farmers who grow corn. This program was designed to help farmers survive when the price of corn drops. The program has unintentionally created a system that rewards farmers for growing corn, even when the market is saturated with too much corn, even when growing a single crop year after year has destroyed the soil and more and more chemicals and fertilizer are required each year. I would change this program to help farmers who use organic, sustainable practices and produce a variety of crops. Prices for organic foods would go down to a more reasonable level and the soil would be healthier and more fertile. I would include an educational program to be sure more farmers could transition into this type of farming, too.
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