American Farmers Will Make China Fat

Published on: 10:48AM Jul 07, 2010
How’s this for the art of justification through deduction that we will surely see from opponents of modern agriculture? Resolved, the American farmer is making China fat.
Follow my logic…
  • China has a growing middle class.
  • This middle class has better diets.
  • Corn is an important part of making animal protein.
  • China wants more corn than it can currently grow to get said protein.
  • American farmers will grow more corn.
  • American farmers will grow so much corn that it will remain affordable for U.S. consumers and customers around the world, which increasingly is China.
  • This means there will be tastier foods throughout the country and people will eat more.
  • They will get lazier.
  • Thus, they will get fat.
  • And the simple answer that diverts blame from them will be that the American farmer grew too much corn.
  • Welcome to the West, China.
Exports to Double
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke both stated their excitement over U.S. exports yesterday. In fact, they are so excited about them that they expect exports to double within the next five years. These increased shipments overseas will come from increased trade with Panama, Colombia and South Korea.
The agriculture lobby has been fighting for ratification of free trade agreements with all three of these countries since they were signed, and all three have ratified them on their end. We have not, but it appears the Obama administration is beginning to move off the mark. To date, the administration has not moved on getting any of these ratified.   
Corn = China X 10!
Of course, if we are to meet that goal of doubling exports, it will mean sending lots more product to China. And it looks like that may be happening with corn. For a long time, China was willing to remain dependent on foreign sources of soybeans in favor of growing its own corn. Maybe not anymore.
Of course, this all means we’re making the Chinese fat. I missed this little gem a month ago when it first appeared on PBS, but it’s still relevant…and look for more of this to come.  
And we’re making them fat.