# 大草原上的農業

Last month, Global Trade Talks took place in Geneva. AlrightAll right, before you reach for your radio, please do not switch us off, . This is important. Governments were debating, yet again, whether it was time to cut the subsidies that some of them give to their farmers. It’s an old saw. Many, especially in the poor world, have been arguing against , since practiced this practice for years. Farmers in poor countries get much less you see than the generous handouts for super-rich farmers in places like Europe, the US , and Japan, distorting the global market markets, some say. But those rich governments are unwilling to change a dacades-old-practicedecades-old practice. And this, in part, is our theme today in Business Daily. We’re looking first at one specific example, . Argentina is a major agriculture agricultural producer. The newly-elected center-right centre-right government there has been struggling to change a state-driven policy of handouts that has become bloated and some say unsustainable, both for the economy and the environment. Grace Livingstone reports.

I have I’ve come to the Argentine flatlands, the Pampas, to see what farmers ink think of the new government. The Pampas used to be synonymous with cattle and cowboys. , but now most of this area is planted with genetically-modified soya. So I’ve come to the city of Rosario to talk to the Soya Association, which represents all those who grow or process soya. It’s a very smart glass building, giving you an indication of just how much wealth the soya industry has generated.

• Words worth to be remembered:
• It’s an old saw. saw /sɔː/ n.格言 例句： The old saw "you should learn something new every day" is a good one. 古老的格言“每天你都应该学些新的东西”说的很好
• centre-right: 中间偏右
• handout/ˈhændaʊt/: n.施舍物; 救济品; 救济金 例：Each family is being given a cash handout of six thousand rupees. 每个家庭都被给予6000卢比的救济金。
• synonymous /sɪˈnɒnɪməs/: a.密不可分的 例： Paris has always been synonymous with elegance, luxury and style. 巴黎与优雅、华贵和时尚一直是密不可分的。

## 譯文

##### Chaochen Wang 王　超辰
###### Assistant Professor

All models are wrong, but some are useful.