Resolved: That the United States should substantially change its federal agricultural policy.

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"Agricultural policy is the policy which has an impact on the food or natural resource systems."

"Agricultural policy includes food stamps and conservation."

"The Freedom to Farm Act was based on conditions that changed, it neither failed nor succeeded."

"The food stamps redistribute the pie but do not have a great effect on the economy that I know of."

"The economy could accept the removal of most or all agricultural subsidies. The market would adapt."

Statements extracted from a MCPP phone interview with Dr. Wallace E. Tyner, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. The interview was conducted in the morning of July 9, 2001.

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