Tainted peanut butter shatters myth of self-regulation.htm

Tainted peanut butter shatters myth of self-regulationAnyone want to rebut?

The peanut farming industry is very highly regulated by the department of agriculture and only a very select few areas are permitted to grow peanuts. Thus the factory , and the entire industry were protected from market regulation by government regulation that enforced a monopoly. Monopolists have little incentive to do right by their customers. Thus the blame lies with Congress for creating and enforcing tight quotas on peanut production. Unfettered corruption of the free market by government sponsored monopolies is the problem.Lets abolish the Department of Agriculture, get rid of all quotas, and we can all enjoy much safer less expensive peanut butter and probably better peanuts.

Michael, Could you post my reply. I have trouble navigating unfamiliar pages.


  I will post something in the comments section if you send the actual URL, I can't find the article on the site.

Love & Liberty,
        ((( starchild )))

Dear Starchild;

Here is the url it was an op-ed by Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution and picked up by the SF Chronicle and posted on Monday 2-2-09. A certain Phil Z. Berg already posted a commentary about the peanut factory.


http://snipurl.com/b8wge [www_sfgate_com]

Ron Getty - SF Libertarian
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Morte ai Tiranni
Dum Spiro, Pugno

Got it from Phil's post and just posted a comment, but thanks Ron.

  I've posted about this here before, but I want to remind everyone what a great resource SFGate's reader comment feature is. All their stories have reader comment links at the end, and you can also click "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" on others' comments with which you agree or disagree. It's a lot like participating in an email list, where you can read other readers' comments and respond to them. Engage them in an ongoing conversation, if you choose.

  The best part is, you can register and have all your comments are archived on a single page with links to the stories on which you've commented. Over the last few months I've racked up dozens of comments on a variety of stories: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/contribute/sn/persona?plckPersonaPage=PersonaComments&plckUserId=starchild&User=starchild

  It occurs to me that if a number of us were doing this, and we got some mechanism in place to readily transfer the comments, this could be a terrific way for us to provide content to the LPSF blog (if that is still operational; it doesn't show up as a search term on the new site).

Love & Liberty,
        ((( starchild )))


  Here's the letter I just sent the Chronicle (and also posted in slightly different form in the comments section of the article, at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article/comments/view?f=/c/a/2009/02/02/EDML15JPSK.DTL, where you can go and give it the thumbs-up if you agree):

Philip Berg,
The problem was in the factory that processes peanuts and it had nothing to do with the famers! You are correct that we need more free market peanut processing factories for better peanut products, however.
Robert Parkhurst

It is possible that the monopolist position of the farmers was carried up the supply chain through mutual cooperation of th efarmerd, the geographic cincentration of such, and possibly local zoning or other laws. This is just a suspicion on my part, but it wouldnot suprise me as there is already a tremendous amountof corruption maintaining the peanut farming trust. Maybe there are some georgian libertarians who know the dirty score, assuming thereis one. It might make a good screenplay, a cross between Deliverence and China Town.