Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New regulations and the small farmer

New regulations from the federal government threaten the viability of small produce farms of the sort that dot the Garden State, among other places. How many of them will be forced to sell to real estate developers, for example, concentrating power in the hands of the big agribusinesses in California and elsewhere?

To regulators, small is not at all beautiful. Regulation almost always concentrates market share in the largest players at the expense of small. The consequences are usually so foreseeable (as here) that they can hardly be said to be "unintended."

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