6 thoughts on “Ripe Rice [Haiku]

    • It’s coming to a head. There have been ongoing farmer protests. The farmers are resisting reforms that would eliminate or reduce subsidies. The government is trying to get out from under the cost of subsidies. The farmers can’t afford life without subsidies, or a lot of other people can’t afford to eat at the unsubsidized market prices. But it’s a huge burden on the budget. If subsidies end, the days of small autonomous farmers will end and it will end up mechanized, a corporate serfdom, or (most likely) both of the above. And, yes, for this type of rice havestors exist. We saw one, a tiny one by American standards, over the many sq km of fields we passed by.

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