Markets Economists study trade, production and consumption decisions, such as those that occur in a traditional marketplace. In Virtual Marketsbuyer and seller are not present and trade via intermediates and electronic information. Microeconomics examines how entities, forming a market structureinteract within a market to create a market system. These entities include private and public players with various classifications, typically operating under scarcity of tradable units and light government regulation.
A handful of corporations—producers of seeds, processors of meat and milk, and grocery retailers—now dominate most aspects of the food system, giving them enormous power to control markets and pricing, and enabling them to influence food and agricultural regulations.
The largest of these agribusinesses are practically monopolies, controlling what consumers get to eat, what they pay for groceries and what prices farmers receive for their crops and livestock. This analysis, however, fails to take into account the many hidden costs, including declining rural economies and farmer livelihoods, environmental damage and public health consequences.
While increasing the speed of production, the intensive confinement production system creates a number of problems. F Rural Economies Among the hidden costs of industrial food production are its effects on small family farms and rural communities, which include the loss of nearly four million farms in the United States since the s.
F Sustainable farms support local economies by providing jobs for members of the community and purchasing supplies from local businesses.
F Studies have shown that small, locally owned farms have a multiplier effect: F Factory farms hire as few workers as possible and often purchase equipment, supplies, and animal feed from the same agricultural conglomerates that purchase their products.
Economics is concerned with the efficient Industrial farms often have absentee owners whose profits are sent out of town. F In other words, sustainable farms require more workers and create more jobs, while also doing a better job of feeding people on smaller plots of land than industrial farms.
Despite decades of claims to the contrary, industrial farming has not relieved famine or hunger throughout the world. F Meanwhile, a study by the University of Essex found that sustainable agriculture increased productivity by an average of 93 percent on nine million farms in places including the Sahel region of Africa, the hills of the Andes, the rainforests of Southeast Asia, and other areas where synthetic-chemical-dependent farming is neither affordable nor successful.
F As many Western governments and foundations are attempting to introduce industrial agriculture to Africa, a report by an international affiliate of the United Nations, endorsed by 58 countries and prepared by experts, advocated instead a low-input, small-scale agricultural model.
F Inthe United Nations reported that using low-input organic methods, African farmers could double their production. F Subsidies Vilified in public policy debates, farm subsidies comprise a flawed but vital part of the current government support system for farmers.
Farming is unlike most other business because most farmers are highly leveraged—literally banking the farm on a yearly basis to borrow money for operating costs, with the hope that their crop generates a profit.
Because of weather, pest infestations, and financial speculation, farming is also a highly volatile business.
For these reasons, agriculture relies on the government to provide a safety net. Commodity subsidies accomplish this, but also, unfortunately, currently have the effect of propping up a system designed to drive overproduction of commodity crops—supplying the cheap corn and soy that drive factory farms and corporate profits.
A better policy approach would be to set up price floors for farmers, creating a sort of minimum wage, while also establishing a reserve system of commodity crops.
This would enable the government to manage supply and prices by releasing the reserve onto the market when harvests are bad and buying up surplus crops when the harvests are good.
Reducing the volatility in commodity markets would help farmers avoid their natural tendency to plant crops on every inch of their farms, and could reduce the overproduction that lets commodity crop buyers who turn corn and soybeans into animal feed for factory farms and ingredients for processed food pay too low a price to farmers.
Market Concentration Meat production today is marked by intense market concentration in which a very small number of corporate packers accounts for the majority of meat that ends up in your grocery store.demands for things they want to consume.
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