Subsidies, seed technology spur bumper crops

12/8/2005 | NYTimes.com

Agricultural subsidy programs in rich countries have encouraged farmers to produce regardless of falling prices, but new drought-resistant seeds may exacerbate the problem. "If it weren't for the seed genetics they have been offering us the last few years, our yields and our outcome wouldn't have been nearly what they were," one farmer said, but bumper crops also can lower productivity for some farming communities.

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