As a bamboo manufacturer, (we are a pint sized competitor to the massive cotton industry and their lobbying efforts) we pay attention to farm subsidy news. The more taxes paid to subsidize U.S. cotton growers with their massive production costs of fertilizer, pesticides and water them more we suffer. Not to mention the huge effect on third world cotton growing countries being strangled in the marketplace, a group no one seems to care about.
Now we find there were secret efforts to create a new farm subsidy bill guaranteeing continued subsidies to grain and cotton growers. Fortunately those plans collapsed with the demise and failure of the congressional deficit-reduction ‘super-committee’.
Congress members from farm states tried to sneak amendments, consisting of series of new subsidy programs, into the deficit-reduction plan that might have come out of the ‘super-committee’. It was a “lets wedge in our pork-barrel…or cotton and grain barrel… subsidies into the countries deficit reduction” effort. An “everyone else pays but us” effort.
So much for secretive ‘super-committee’ democracy.
The fortunate legislative failure means that that the House and Senate agriculture committees will need to start over next year. They will need to use the usual process of public votes. A tough assignment in the current political climate.
So if you have a horse in this race, like being a grocery shopper of subsidized grain products like cereal or bread, or one that buys anything made of cotton (jeans, T-shirts, sportswear, you name it) then pay attention to farm subsidy news in 2012 so you don’t end up on the short end of the subsidy stick.
And if positive change matters to you, and the new efforts at Earth friendly, Eco-clothing sound appealing then go to Casualmere® bamboo clothing and try a bamboo shirt or dress, made from a source not needing pesticides, fertilizers, or extra watering. You will love the elegant product that is as easy to care for as heavily subsidized cotton.
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