Emelie Peine is an assistant professor of international political economy at the University of Puget Sound.
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Friday, April 08, 2011
U.S. Subsidizes Brazilian Cotton to Protect Monsanto's Profits
On February 18, Republicans in the House of Representatives defeated an obscure amendment to the House Appropriations bill by a 2-to-1 margin. The Kind Amendment would have eliminated $147 million dollars that the federal government pays every year directly to Brazilian cotton farmers. In an era of nationwide belt tightening, with funding for things like education and the U.S. Farm Bill on the chopping block, defending payments to Brazilian farmers may seem curious.