NCC responds to Wall Street Journal article

Are U.S. cotton subsidies responsible for the economic woes of growers in third world countries like Mali in West Africa?

That’s what two Wall Street Journal editors charged in a recent article comparing economic conditions in the Mississippi Delta with those in a village in the predominantly Muslim country of Mali.

The writers, Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman, tried to raise the specter of Mali becoming a breeding ground for terrorists as another reason for doing away with U.S. farm subsidies, a favorite target of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages in recent months.

The National Cotton Council disagrees, saying the Journal’s inaccurate and incomplete treatment of a complex issue unduly subjects U.S. cotton growers to criticism. For more on the Cotton Council’s response, go to the NCC Web site at

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