In a comment to a NY Times article by Nicholas Kristoff, there is a recommendation, 122, related to saving farming as part of our holiday giving. If people recommend 122, it will rise in the results rank and bring attention to the issues. Here’s the comment:
People do not realize that after taking our jobs and our money, corporations are now doing all they can to destroy small farming and adequate access to food so we will be dependent on them. What better way to be able to set prices wherever they wish, be sure no one will complain anymore about GMOs and pesticides or any other content of the food, and have political control than through withholding food supplies.
Copenhagen just failed but there is an answer available to the public – growing our own food. It not only addresses poverty, hunger, increasing food shortages and the deteriorating safety of food, but experts say can reverse climate change in a relatively short period of time if traditional methods in harmony with nature are used.
I would like to suggest people do two things, with either funds or energy or both –
* Begin immediately at their own home, and in their own community to grow food – starting seeds inside right now, ordering fruit and nut trees and berry bushes for spring, ordering mushroom kits, arranging lighting for indoor food plants, starting greenhouse setups – and then in the spring, with friends and family, building millions of food gardens, and thus the safe local food and good communities we all want.
* Oppose S 510, a corporate “food safety” bill written by Monsanto http://yupfarming.blogspot.com… that will destroy farming here, and which will be in the Senate in January. And people should be alert and available to support local farmers now in great need because the USDA, FDA and state ag and health departments around the country are coordinating attacks on dairy farmers, small poultry farmers, cattlemen, etc. to get rid of them. The New York Times wrote a great piece last year on the food revolution http://www.nytimes.com… but it is being stolen out from under us.
The gift everyone can give during this hard time is one they should give to themselves and the country – food gardens and abundant small farms. They will support local communities, build jobs and provide food, and rebuild this country starting at its agricultural roots.
And if people want to take this even further, go to India for a conference to use small farming and gardening to reverse climate change.
Conference on Industrial Agriculture and Climate Change
Shiv Chopra, B.V.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Fellow, World Health Organization1
The much touted Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change has gone down in tatters.
While many credible opinions around the world suggest a direct connection between industrial agriculture and climate change, studies indicate a rapid recovery by going back to traditional agriculture. According to these studies, healthier methods of food production could actually be a central solution to all these issues, provided it is cultivated in harmony with nature and not as proffered by the professors of genomics roulette.
Healthier food is one which is equally healthy for all. Food which is cultivated in school yards and family gardens! Food which is not harvested by heavy machinery, or hauled across nations in refrigerated trucks, trawlers, and airplanes! Food which is grown without GMOs, hormones, antibiotics and slaughterhouse waste! Food which is free of germs and not irradiated.
Experience shows that the production of healthy food can neither be entrusted to corporate lobbies nor their government regulators. Nor can it be entrusted to international aid agencies with hidden agendas advancing corporate interests. The only ones who can further this objective are self-relying producers and consumers of food. Therefore, the key objectives for how to advance healthier food production and implicitly climate change should be to focus all primary and secondary school education around traditional, in contrast to, industrial agriculture. At present, approaches to traditional methods of agriculture are being successfully practiced and imparted at a number of non-government institutions in India.2 This needs to expand as a national and international effort in primary and secondary schools.
Toward that end I would like to urge a conference of participants with various backgrounds and interests to discuss these issues at a mutually suitable location in India. The primary objectives of this conference would be to layout a charter for school curriculum and public participation internationally, focused on self-sustaining food production and rural development without corporate assistance.
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