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Agroecology is Becoming A Global Movement. But Where Does the U.S. Fit In?


Agroecology is Becoming A Global Movement. But Where Does the U.S. Fit In?

Antonio Roman-Alcalá

Earlier this month, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology at its headquarters in Rome. The gathering attracted almost 800 participants, with representatives from 72 governments and 350 “non-state actors,” including civil society, academia, and the private sector.


Well you can forget about it here in America. We don’t do holistic, poverty, gender inequality, access to land or equal rights. That would simply be unAmerican.


The US has been doing seed banks. At one point, libraries were also. I heard the libraries got some flak for it, so I don’t know if many still are. The effort was to disallow GMO donations, and the concern was, how can you tell?
And there are things called ecovillages, don’t know about their goals, …, besides attracting tourists.


Most important topic in the world no one is talking about.
An English farmer recently was quoted(after a climate change affected spring saw ungrowable conditions) don’t take for granted we can provide food.
US zoning laws across most of the country do not allow small farms at all. Most counties have passed zoning and/or minimum acreage restrictions that only benefit real estate developers.


It’s wonderful to see treatment of this here at CD.

The US is a bit schizophrenic with respect to agriculture. The government and large corporations mostly have what amounts to a scorched earth policy. Companies are subsidized to poison large tracts with fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, and crassly inadequate chemical NPK fertilizers. Government is lobbied to prevent regulations to establish truth in labeling.

Government and companies threaten foreign actors who do not open markets to poisons and GMO seeds and the resulting poisoned and malnourished foodstuffs.

At the same time, there is a great surge of interest within the US in growing good food, both on the part of a few small companies and many individuals.

We are less and less our rulers or the government.


A breath of fresh air and hope, thank you. It will take villages all across this country. Many Americans don’t have the time to act, be activists. So many, many issues of justice for all that we have a hard time tackling the policies that created the injustice and inequality of humans.