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As strange as it sounds, a salad—just a simple bowl of lettuce and a few chopped veggies—costs more than a highly-processed Big Mac. Wouldn't it be great if this was reversed?
In 1933, Congress passed a cornerstone of New Deal reform, the Agricultural Adjustment Act, which paid farmers to cut the production of commodities like wheat and corn in an effort to lift farms out of the depths of the Great Depression. Since then, government farm programs have evolved into a confusing labyrinth of tax reductions, price supports, and direct payments designed to help farmers deal with fluctuating weather patterns and market prices--all to ensure a stable supply of food.
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