I read in The Bee last week that American consumers spend 6 percent of disposable income on food -- the lowest amount in the world. Because of low food costs, several things happen. First, a large percentage of Americans are overweight. It also means the American farmer receives the lowest price per unit for his product, therefore making him the lowest paid farmer in the world. Yet a bunch of fat people with mouths full of cheap food complain when farmers receive subsidies, a program that ensures that this country has a plentiful supply of cheap food.
The U.S. farmer must compete with countries that have little or no restrictions on how their products are grown or what is applied to them and a much cheaper supply of labor. If people were willing to pay more for good quality food, the farmers would not need subsidies.
DAVID J. SILVA