Those Agribusiness monsters help provide the cheapest and the safest food in the world. There's a reason, and I feel that our increasing age in America bears this out, that other countries in the world want what we have. Cheap, safe food and an abundance of it too. We also have a regualatory system in the US, the FDA. Our export grading system from the USDA is best in the world for consistent monitoring of what leaves the country. This is a compettive advantage as importing countries can trust what they buy. Sure, neither is perfect, both are beaurocratic, but they function well. Anyone who wants more expensive food like organic can buy it and for those of us that like cheap food we can buy that. We have personal preferences as to which is better, but there's no proof you'll live longer if you eat only local or only organic food. It's a feeling we have. My personal preference is locally grown, but I believe the all food is the same. Even GMO.
It's our dietary and sedentary habits that cause us to over eat certain foods and they big agriculture with cheap food is to blame?
Our gov't estabished Ag policy in the 30s. To a certain degree those policys were food security for the US. The same body imposed an energy policy requiring ethanol to be blended at rates far too high. They never thought that high fuel prices would reduce gas comsumption, which it did by about 6-7%. So they wanted more ethanol to be blended into less gas being consumed!
Also, oil companies were in favor, maybe supported??? ethanol growth because they were worried over lawsuits with MTBE. I believe ethanol at about 6% of fuel consumption is a good idea to replace MTBE as it's much safer and has similar atributes as a fuel additive for octane/knock. (I'm getting out of my league here now real fast...)
What is FOL?