Christina Dudley's Reviews > The Big Handout: How Government Subsidies and Corporate Welfare Corrupt the World We Live In and Wreak Havoc on Our Food Bills

The Big Handout by Thomas M. Kostigen
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Jan 02, 12

bookshelves: urbanfarmjunkie
Read from December 31, 2011 to January 02, 2012

Kostigen paints a detailed, alarming picture of how the whole subsidy system, started during the Depression in good (or better) faith, has now become a mighty albatross around taxpayer necks and a source of anti-American ill-will worldwide. Most troubles stem from cheap Corn and Soy, whose subsidized abundance ripples through the beef, dairy, poultry, and pork industries, not to mention the totally messed-up energy industry. (Lord, how I hate ethanol!) There are brief stops along the way in the land of Cotton, Steel, Oil, and Gas--equally fascinating and depressing.

I'll be reviewing the book more extensively on my UrbanFarmJunkie blog this week (www.urbanfarmjunkie.blogspot.com tag: The Big Handout), but I'd have to say it was overall a demoralizing read. Motivating politicians of either stripe to change the system and motivating all those recipients of subsidies to give them up for the common good sounds this side of impossible, so I'll have to settle for my usual MO: encouraging people, to buy, cook, and eat real food, grown by small family farmers without the help of government handouts and "help" from Monsanto products.
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Very interesting Christina, I once read somewhere that the energy it takes to make Ethanol in the end makes it unworthy of the effort. . Would you recommend reading this or is just too depressing?


Christina Dudley hi, there! You read right about ethanol. I did my longer blog post today: http://urbanfarmjunkie.blogspot.com/2...

I think it's definitely worth a read, but I love food expose stuff!


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

It was a great blog, I left a comment there. Somethings I had an idea about but learned a great deal from the others. THanks for the comments, it helps one decide wether to read a book or not. Have a great week!


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