Subject: Some gallows humour on ag. policy

Dear All:

A short history of Canadian agricultural policy:

- Get big or get out

- Get bigger or get out

- Get out.


A short history of agriculture (from Prof. Dick Levins):

“...nonfarmers learning how to make money from farming.”


Another characterization of agriculture policy:

“As the system is currently structured, farmers are just the hamsters in the wheel that powers an expanding agribusiness empire. And government’s solution to the farm crisis is for the hamsters to run faster.” (NFU report: The Farm Crisis, Bigger Farms, and the Myths of ‘Competition’ and ‘Efficiency’, November 2003, p. 18.)


The NFU invites you to read its brief on bigger farms and the myth of efficiency at



Darrin Qualman

National Farmers Union

Phone (306) 652-9465

Fax (306) 664-6226