Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 10, 1975 · Page 131
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 131

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 10, 1975
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CONTINUED PATTERNS by '. Sen. John Tower, the mighty Republican mite from Wichita Falls, Tex., wants to simplify the food marketing procedures in this country. He would like to eliminate the middleman food costs which at the moment amount, to 60 'cents in every dollar. Tower wants food sold directly from small farmers to consumers. He has introduced the Farmers Market Act. of 1975, which calls for an appropriation of |6 million to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to foster new techniques for the direct marketing of agricultural commodities. .Tower, who used to teach at Midwestern University -in Wichita Falls, knows all about the marketing costs.which stand between the farmer's income and the consumer. He knows . . that 60 per cent of the dollar a housewife spends on food never reaches the farmer, and he suggests that the middle- man r s "take" be divided between consumer and farmer. ! How does one do that? The traditional way is to have farmers transport their own produce to markets where cus- tomer.s buy food off the tailgates. There are such farmers markets and such roadside fruit and vegetable stands all through the South" where high- quality proauce is sold at 50 per cent less than the supermarket prices. Tower wants the Agriculture Department, to develop and innovate techniques for the ·. ·' direct marketing of food. , The department's Economic Research Service recently prepared a breakdown on the distribution of marketing: costs in 1974. Out of each consumer food.dollar, 7 per cent went for-transportation, 4 per cent for business taxes,-3 per cent SEN. JOHN TOVEI for advertising, 3 per cent for depreciation, 3 per cent for rent, 46 per cent for labor costs, 12 per cent for packaging, 6 per cent for corporate profits before taxes, 4 per cent for interest and repairs, and 12 per cent for such costs as utilities, fuel, promotion, and insurance. The food industry is the largest business in the country. Last year the nationwide grocery bill came to $133.3 billion, which explains why large corporations have entered the agricultural market,' squeezing out the small 'farmer. During the 1960 f s, 7000 corporations entered . agricultural production, resulting in the elimination each week of 2000 family farms. . ' _ Economic concentration in the food industry is now so top-heavy that four firms control 90 per cent of the breakfast cereals, 75 per cent of" the bread "and prepared flour, '56 per cent of all processed meats, 65-per cent of sugar, 80 per cent of canned goods, while .one company controls 90 per cent of the soups. Hungary is the latest European country to offer its banks as tax havens. "The secrecy of your bank account is guaranteed by law," emphasizes its new English-language guidebook. "Ho kind of 'tax is due for the amount in your account." . Hungary, however,, is looking for'large depositors. 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