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The larger issue raised by Tuesday's show, and one that would make a great topic for a future show, is the rapid rate at which U.S. farmers are being reduced to sharecroppers. That is, they technically own the means of production, but are so far in hock to the folks that front them their seeds, fertilizer, baby chicks, etc. that they are effectively only working for a paycheck from an agribusiness empire. This is already the situation for chicken and hog producers and the trend is well under way for cattle production. Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland, et. al. have made a good start on putting the same stranglehold on vegetable crops. Banking heirloom seeds and supporting small local producers is a healthy trend and one that could be encouraged through further discussion and awareness of the issue.
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