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Farm Country: Don’t Get Fooled Again

Farm Country: Don’t Get Fooled Again

Cherie Mortice

I’m a retired public school teacher living in Des Moines.

I grew up here close to the city limits, with an easy escape to the countryside that was once dotted with miles and miles of small family farms. The sight and even the smells of those small farms were a welcome respite from the congested and busy neighborhood life I was growing up around.

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These giant agriculture corporations haven’t just killed family farms and polluted our water, they have also polluted our and our children’s minds. These corporations have bought off just about every University with a agriculture program. Teaching our kids and grandkids that they have to use chemicals to farm, there’s no other way. Years ago I was told by one of these half-wits with a degree in agriculture that I couldn’t grow vegetables without chemicals. I posed 2 questions to him, first I asked him if he knew when agriculture chemicals first arrived on the scene, he did (around WWII, for those who don’t know). Then I asked him if he thought farming had gone on before WWII, and if he did, how did he think those farmers did it with out chemicals…He had no clue.

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Capitalism kills.

In the 1880’s through to the depression groups like the “United Farmers Party” were formed. These were the groups that advocated for better workers rights, things like Medicare and the Nationalization of Natural resources. The United Farmers Party eventually transformed into the CCF our first Socialist Party.

The ESTABLISHMENT hated farmers here in Canada and down South in the USA. Farmers were too independent and able to grow their own food as they labored for themselves. The Capitalists wanted all of the excess profits of a persons labor to flow into their pockets. These was a concerted effort from 1930 onwards to destroy small family farms and replace them with these CAFOs. Controlling the food supply is just another way the people are kept in perpetual servitude.

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Don’t get fooled again? What, has someone found a cure for ‘stupid’?

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He has a clue- believe me- he probably works for one of those companies.

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Dump is trying to get gardens to be illegal.

And, among all these comments there is one other BIG thing to consider that hasn’t been covered yet in these comments. Factory farming, yes, agriculture for meat is a major contributor to the rising CO 2 levels and the global climate crisis besides causing water and air pollution that is horrific. I know it is impossible for many to think about that. They love their bacon and pork chops. Think about the misery that eating habit causes. Think about our children and grandchildren and their future. And now, after the big storms is it even possible to clean up the mess and start over? I wonder. I feel for Iowa farm families but the whole pig industry is unsustainable as are all CAFOs. I don’t miss pork. I don’t eat animals.

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He might work for one of those companies now, but back then he was a county agent (because of the amount of agriculture in my state, at that time an agent, or a representative from the state agriculture dept. were dispersed to each county to answer questions farmers have about their operations).

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While it’s inspiring to read this thoughtful educator’s appealing essay, the reality in Iowa is politics and the environment are worsening by the day.
Regrettably, the referendum in Iowa 6 months ago reinforced the worst of these matters as corporate-owned politicians held the governorship and Senate and House.
Iowans had a chance to steer this state differently, as the opposition fielded fine candidates in every race for national and state office. Look who won again for Congress in northwest Iowa.
Brother Art’s book, Storm Lake (2018), is a longer study of the political and environmental issues mentioned in this essay.

As I started reading this article, it became clear immediately as the mega pig farms were described by the author, it is clear, our exploding population is responsible for this, and a more caring society will encourage smaller families and our climate IQs should tell us too: getting off meat is kinder to animals as well as smarter diets for a sustainable future for the youngest generation. Looking forward to the June 4th opening trial with www.OurChildrensTrust.org, to begin a legal basis to change our US eating habits and more (aka the Green New Deal).

In opposition to population control, however, TPTB encourage immigration and population growth as being necessary for economic growth, as if the U.S. has unlimited resources for such growth, which is a flat out lie. We need a sustainable society; and, the first order of business is to promote zero or negative population growth. Any economic growth should be achieved via increased productivity.

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Bayer shareholders see the writing on the wall:

In “Stunning Decision” Bayer Shareholders Dump CEO Over Disastrous Monsanto Purchase – Apr 26, 2019 - ZeroHedge

Late on Friday, in what Bloomberg called a “stunning development” for the German drugs and chemicals company, a majority, or about 55% of shareholders, voted against absolving CEO Werner Baumann and other managers of responsibility for their actions in the Monsanto takeover last year. Though the result isn’t legally binding, it throws his future into question and prompted an immediate supervisory board session. Similar rejections have cost German CEOs their jobs.

“Mr. Baumann, what have you done with our stable company?,” said Joachim Kregel, a representative of German shareholders association SdK. In just two years, “the erstwhile pharma giant has mutated into a dwarf,” said Ingo Speich, chief of sustainability and corporate governance at Deka Investment.

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St. Louis: Monsanto, McDonnell-Douglas, and Busch Beer.

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As long as we allow for-profit corporations and their handmaidens, bought and paid for politicians to determine our political/social life everything will get even worse.

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I am a vegan also. Good for you! Saving an acre of land per year.