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Draft Paper – Not to be cited without author’s permission

Table 1. Increasing concentration of U.S. farm Subsidies.

Figure 2.

Percent of

Year

total

payments to

the top 10%

of operations

1995

55%

1996

59%

1997

56%

1998

59%

1999

61%

2000

65%

2001

67%

2002

65%

Source: Stam and Dixon, 2004

1995-2002 61% average Source: Environmental Working Group60

In the European Union, the distribution of subsidies is not much better than in the USA. An estimated two-thirds of total subsidies go to the biggest and richest 20% of European farms,61 allowing an estimated 120,000 mostly family-sized farmers per year (more than 2,000 per week) to lose their farms due in large part to low prices. 62

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