“More than 90 percent of U.S. agriculture subsidies go to farmers of five crops — cotton, wheat, corn, soybeans, and rice. More than 800,000 farmers and landowners receive subsidies, but the payments are heavily tilted toward the largest producers,” per The CATO Institute. Note that of the subsidized crops cotton is the only non-food category!
Here is what happens when proponents of ‘no change’ succeed…
…The original intent of U.S. farm subsidies was to provide economic stability to farmers during the Depression to ensure a steady domestic food supply for Americans. “In the 1930s, about 25% of the country’s population resided on the nation’s 6,000,000 small farms,” per Wikipedia. However, “By 1997, 157,000 large farms accounted for 72% of farm sales, with only 2% of the U.S. population residing on farms.”
A little history…“From 1995-2009 the largest and wealthiest top 10 percent of farm program recipients received 74% of all farm subsidies with an average total payment over 15 years of $445,127 per recipient – hardly a safety net for small struggling farmers. The bottom 80% of farmers received an average total payment of just $8,682 per recipient,” per the Environmental Working Group.
No subsidies for makers of non-cotton products like bamboo T-shirts and bamboo golf shirts, like Casualmere®, and we don’t need insecticides, or fertilizers, or excessive water use for irrigation like cotton needs. We make shirts from the most Eco-friendly of all fabric sources. Of course no bamboo is processed into fabric in the U.S. either.
Growing Bamboo is a ‘Carbon Sink’ too.
Bamboo shirts are nicer to wear too, they breathe, they wick moisture so fast odor causing bacteria has little chance to form, and and it is washable too. Make a change…Go Bamboo. Why heavily subsidize already wealthy cotton growers? A good lobby.
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