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Capitalism and agriculture (and country music) in the US

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Check out this wonderful article from Viewpoint Magazine on how capitalism has changed the lives of US farmers, driving many out of business, embedding others in the corporate seed/pesticide/fertilizer industry, and now automating almost everything about the farming process. Alongside this history, the author traces how these threats to the smaller farmer's way of life have been reflected (or ignored or distorted) in country music. The most recent trend is for increasing corporate involvement there too, with one of country's most popular stars effectively having been bought by Bayer (which, by the way, is soon to buy Monsant0, bringing Big Pharma and Big Bad Ag together in an unprecedented mega-company, not to mention Big Country).

"Agriculture Wars"
, by Nick Murray: Agriculture Wars - Viewpoint Magazine
 
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Check out this wonderful article from Viewpoint Magazine on how capitalism has changed the lives of US farmers, driving many out of business, embedding others in the corporate seed/pesticide/fertilizer industry, and now automating almost everything about the farming process. Alongside this history, the author traces how these threats to the smaller farmer's way of life have been reflected (or ignored or distorted) in country music. The most recent trend is for increasing corporate involvement there too, with one of country's most popular stars effectively having been bought by Bayer (which, by the way, is soon to buy Monsant0, bringing Big Pharma and Big Bad Ag together in an unprecedented mega-company, not to mention Big Country).

"Agriculture Wars"
, by Nick Murray: Agriculture Wars - Viewpoint Magazine
Interesting periodical and an article now on the list for this weekend. Thanks for the post!
 
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