Governments and kingdoms have controlled whole populations of people groups by controlling food and water supplies. Many examples in history of this. The countries that we import food from very well know the pulse of our food production and reserves. The food supply and production of this country should have a much higher priority in regards to national security than what I believe it does. During the Great Depression people managed...scratching up a little garden, killing a rabbit here...a robin there...steeling a chicken...a day's labor for a meal. Problem is, they're ain't enough rabbits and robins to go around now. A major kink in the supply line and suddenly we have very major problems in the country...and our friends in China, Vietnam, Russia, south America, etc., will be only too glad to "help us".
Think of how food and supplies disappear upon the warning of a big snowstorm or hurricane approaching...shelves are emptied. A couple of days after the "event" the shelves are replenished and life goes on. What happens if there is nothing in the pipeline to replenish the shelves with?
I can't help but give the farmers a "pass" on making profits on FOOD products...at least they're feeding the country. On the other hand, I just can't find a soft spot in my heart for the oil barons and speculators of all kinds.