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  • The poor and needy should receive assistance if they can't afford food.

    But complete socialization of food/water would not be good. All people have a right to food, but Government should not provide it. It should merely make sure the markets provide that to everyone.

    There is a difference between socialization and universal access. The same goes for healthcare. Switzerland has universal healthcare, yet all people are covered by regulated insurance companies.

  • Food prices, like most other items, should be determined by supply and demand.

    Food prices, like most other items, should be determined by supply and demand. I do not think that artificial support to food producers should create incorrectly low prices. The Government winds up paying the difference, which is then paid by our taxes - making us pay the price for items we might not even buy.

    Posted by: ColossalJeramy56
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  • Is it necessary to place a profit motive on everything ?

    Perhaps food, water,a living space,education, medicine , should be fundamental rights for all people of the world. If we all agreed on this ,
    squandered tax monies could be pooled to fulfill these basic needs . Scarcity of resources is sometimes fabricated to create profit. I am not sure this is an ethical practice for a civilized society.

  • I do not believe that food prices should be determined by the free market, in order to reduce hunger.

    The current U.S. economy is leaving millions less well-off, and many below the poverty level. Hunger is a mounting concern. I do not believe that large conglomerates should be allowed to profit, while people in our country go hungry. Free markets are fine for some consumer goods, but food is too important a resource to price gouge in today's economy.

    Posted by: BrownDustin82
  • For the good of the country and the health of its citizens, food prices should not be set by the free market.

    The idea that food is a commodity that should be treated like oil or gold, resulting in prices being set by the free market is just insane. Cheaper, low quality foods that are easily mass produced and profitable are the ones being pushed upon consumers. This "greed is good" type of market philosophy is a major contributor to the health problems Americans, including children, are suffering from today.

    Posted by: FunnyCarlo99
  • Government subsidies should be given to foods which are nutritionally beneficial.

    A well-fed populace is not only more productive and successful but also suffers from fewer health maladies such as diabetes and obesity-related disorders like heart disease. This increase in health means that health costs go down and government funding for health care would be decreased. It is better to deal with the causes of poor health than to try and deal with them later as health consequences.

    Posted by: eclair910
  • The prices of basic necessities, such as food, needs to be controlled.

    The players in the free market act according to best of their financial interests, looking forward to get highest financial gain as possible within a given times. This results in prices that are set according to a targeted customer's purchasing power. This might eliminate certain section of people who does not fall under the target group and makes it difficult for them.

    Posted by: SaroM0vi3
  • I think food prices should be established before going to the free market.

    I think food prices should be established before going to the free market. The free market may not understand all of the work that goes into the food and why the prices as they are. If prices do not meet the needs of the people who harvest the crops or produce the food, then their economy is going to tank and they are going to be unable to keep up with the demands of consumers because they won't be able to afford it. Because of this, the free market should not decide what food prices are going to be.

    Posted by: ObaICheese
  • It would be irresponsible to allow food prices to be determined by the "free market" because in reality that kind of capitalism does not exist.

    The disaster that is the U.S. privatized healthcare system is a perfect example why food shouldn't be determined by the free market. While privatization allows for innovation it cares about this much more than whether or not people can afford the new things it kicks out. Food is essential to survival. I personally think that everyone has a right to enough food, fresh water, have shelter, and healthcare in order to live in relative security. I think these things should be free, because they are essential. I think that should people want more than a fair ration, they then have the right to purchase that. In this case, maybe the free market would work for that later bit, but I can't imagine food corporations wouldn't do everything in their power to beat out a public competitor.

    Posted by: XglossyWynd
  • Food is necessary for life and should not be doled out according to who can pay for it.

    Both food and water are necessary for life and should not be available to only the people that can pay for it. Remember that most of the people in the world are very poor and only a small percentage of people own most of the money. This means that if there is an extreme shortage of food, only a few people would survive because they had money to pay for food.

    Posted by: Nik0Interior

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