The US already has something like this in place for corn. Since growing corn to sell on the market is not profitable, the government sets a price for the farmers that they can guarantee. If the market selling prices is lower than this price, the government pays the farmers the difference. This is the corn subsidy. This type of policy doesn’t help, because any time you set a price, someone has to take responsibility when the market value falls below it. If you are saying to make it illegal to charge higher than a certain price, that might be able to limit how far farmers are willing to send their goods and also make the middle men take a cut in their earnings if they choose to send the vegetables farther, but this is not certain and we can’t guarantee this will happen for all types of vegetables.
A national price for vegetables may actually hurt in helping farmers keep their goods local. The price should reflect the actual cost for farmers to grow the vegetables, which varies from region to region. Eggplant, for example, is a warm climate vegetable that takes a great deal of effort to grow in colder regions of the country. If grown in the northeast, then, the eggplant should cost more than if grown in the south. This could actually help keep crops local by allowing the markets to reflect availability rather than shipping all crops across the country and selling at a consistent price.
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