quinta-feira, agosto 14, 2003
There is no easier way of squandering money than trough an advanced agricultural policy. Affluent countries are drenching farmers with money trough protecionism, subsidies and export grants. The total cost of agricultural policy in the 29 affluent OECD countries burdens taxpayers and consumers with a staggering 360 billion dollars. For that money one could, with plenty of change left over, send all 56 million cows of these countries round the world on first class air tickets, once a year. Alternatively, the cows could make do with flying bussiness class round the world and in return receive 2800 dollars pocket money each to spend in tax-free shops during their stopovers in the USA, the EU and Asia.
Ronnie Hersh "Trade and Agriculture: The Unimportance of Being Rational" (citado por Johan Norberg)
posted by Miguel Noronha 7:24 da tarde
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