Send an email to end wasteful subsidies to agribusiness.
I saw an ad campaign last week that really made my blood boil: In subway stops near the U.S. Senate offices, big agribusiness plastered the walls with pictures of happy, hard working American farmers — and here’s the problem with those ads:
- They’re deceitful. The ads champion family farms, but their intent is to preserve $10 billion a year in subsidies that go primarily to the largest megafarms — companies like Monsanto and Cargill. 
- They’re clouding the debate. We’ve spent $245 billion on these subsidies over the last 15 years, and now when we can least afford it some of the biggest corporations in the country are continuing to get taxpayer handouts. 
- They just might work. Congress is trending toward cutting subsidies — which is why these guys are worried — but it’s far from a sure thing.
These subsidies only cover about one-third of the crops that U.S. farms produce every year — corn and soybeans being the big ones. So, farmers of most fruits, vegetables, meat and poultry receive little government assistance. 
Yet Cargill, the largest privately owned corporation in America — which recently reported quarterly profits of $1.49 billion — received subsidies worth $51 million in 2005-2006.  And because Cargill is a family-held corporation, it counts as a “family farm” in USDA statistics.
There is something very wrong with that picture.
Please take a minute to email your senators today. Together, we can stop the handouts.
U.S. PIRG Executive Director
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 Here’s an easy one, New York Times, Jan. 15, 2011.
 Farm subsidy database, Environmental Working Group.
 Geoffrey S. Becker, “Farm Community Programs: A Short Primer,” Congressional Research Service, March 19, 2001.
 Cargill reports second-quarter fiscal 2011 earnings, Jan. 12, 2011; Farm bill beneficiaries include urban dwellers, Minneapolis StarTribune, Oct. 28, 2007.