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FT Lies; Captive Suppliers

FT Lies Writing for the Financial Times, Rana Foroohar says that big companies have been society’s main economic beneficiaries and notes that Democrats are now focused on attacking not just tech but agribusiness as well. She implies that agribusiness is an even bigger problem for farmers than China, and she cites the left wing Center for American Progress in saying, “As a few companies gained control of key areas of the food supply chain, spending on research and development fell, input costs rose, and margins for individual farms went down.” These are complete falsehoods and thus fake news. First, as shown in the graph below, public expenditures on agricultural research and development have declined, but investments by...

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