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Uh oh, is this what will happen in Canada?

Wheat export deregulation to cost billions. Highly profitable growers would survive immediate deregulation, the report found, but about 12,000 farmers with small to medium sized farms could suffer.

Isn't that always the way?

The monopoly Canadian Wheat Board – set to be deregulated in 2013 – and AWB have been targeted in WTO negotiations as “state trading enterprises” which distort world trade.

Always a win for the big guys, the big FU to the family farmer.

Hasn't the wheat export regulation through the single desk already cost the Australia billions?

Allowing one company to control all wheat exports has meant:

1.farmers have been paying unnecessary costs and 'service' fees hidden by the company.

2. farmers have no choice but to sell their wheat to one company. What you have now is a culture where farmers are at the control of one company. Farmers deserve some control over their goods - if a buyer cannot pay the price the he/she thinks it ought to receive, then the farmer should be allowed to sell it to another buyer who is willing to pay that price.

3. Is it fair that farmers who are doing well should pay for those who don't? While I believe that yes, as a society we should help those in need, it shouldn't be provided through a system such as the single desk and at a high and invisible cost.

4. the monopoly not only controls all exports, but also determines the wheat supply chain and the price of providing services: storage, transport, financial products, etc. Again, at a cost to wheat farmers and consumers, but also to all other wheat consuming industries, such as flour millers and intensive animal industries.

The belief that a single desk should be kept in place to help small and medium farmers suprises me. This is particularly when there are much more effective and transparant ways to help them and in a way that doesn't hurt other farmers, or imposes huge invisible costs to the nation.

I noticed your IP addy, so I'll not bother to comment :)

But thanks for popping by!

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