Later this month, the United Nations General Assembly is expected to pass a new Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas, following more than a decade of work by La Via Campesina, or “the peasant’s way” and other social movements.
Such declarations are just aspirational until people start acting on them.
“Freedom isn’t something somebody gives you. It’s something you assume, like your ears or your nose. So you go out and live your freedom, and at some point somebody might try to take your freedom away. The degree to which you resist is the degree to which you’re free.”
–Utah Phillipps (quoted from memory, please forgive any errors)
The points these women bring up in the article are important to human survival (however long that is) in the future, and they should be commended for bringing these issues to the public. What is interesting is neither one has a academic background in agriculture. There’s a reason for that, and it needs to be brought out of the closet to enlighten the public. There’s a serious lack of sustainable agriculture information, even though there’s a higher percentage of farmers with college degrees than ever. Almost every university agriculture program in this country is bought off by the petrochemical industry. Companies like Monsanto and many others pour millions of dollars into funding these programs every year, as long as these institutions teach up and coming farmers they must use these companies products, and to continually increase the size of their operations and run them according to the corporate model to remain profitable. They are taught sustainable farming practices are not profitable and must be abandoned. Most farmers are ecologists and want to preserve the environment, and since most live on the land, want to see it protected, so their operations will live on after they’re gone. A handful of innovative farmers have broken from the chemical mold, and are proving that what is being taught is just not true, and have profitable operations without using chemicals on their soil and crops. They’ve also discovered bigger is not always better. These are the agriculture models that must be emulated by future farmers, to sustain mankind into the future.
There’s a new study out of Sweden that proves the organic “sustainable” farming practices are not only bad for the environment but also have no nutritional or other health benefits. (https://www.sciencealert.com/new-study-shows-how-organic-farming-takes-its-toll-on-the-environment)
I read the link you provided, and hate to burst you’re bubble, but this has been proven false years ago by The Rodale Institute. The whole study is predicated on the assumption of more land use to produce the same tonnage of crop harvested for organic or sustainable farming over conventional farming. This is only true for the transitional period (2-3 years), when a conventional farmer switches to organic. During this period crops can’t be labeled as organic anyway (only after 3 years). After that period, the yields go up for organic farmers. The yields go up because soil tilth improves and the biologic activity increases dramatically at the plants roots when poisons are no longer applied to that piece of land This study claims organic systems don’t use fertilizers, which is not true, they just don’t use synthetic or chemical fertilizers. This study didn’t address the harm chemical fertilizers do to the beneficial organisms in the soil that help regulate the nutrient uptake by plants, or it’s harm on the rest of the ecosystem (rivers and forests).
There were no footnotes or admission has to who funded the study, that’s important, because by all appearances it looks like a study funded by one or more of the petrochemical companies. The take on traces of pesticides not harmful to humans, is right out of Monsanto’s playbook. They’ve said round-up was safe for years, now we know it’s a carcinogen.
So yea, science, but only a full objective study…Real science.
For every article and movement toward sustainable farming you will find other to refute the proven science and there is even an “Amway organic” site to confuse the public even more
Vandana Shiva has spearheaded the movement against Monsanto decades ago. There is a slow but steady increase in community gardens which foster education of sustainable gardening. The movement is global. Mexico is one country with the greatest increase in organic sustainable systems.
http://wwoofmexico.org/ WWOOF Mexico is a network linking travelers like you with organic farms in Mexico. By joining (purchasing a membership and creating a profile) WWOOF Mexico you get access to member farms.
The fight against unsustainable chemical farming and GMO seeds is slow just like all fights. Education is the key
Very true Mary, I’m impressed, you know a good bit more than the average bear about the subject (not that you a bear). I have high hopes that this latest suit against Monsanto will break them when the flood gates open for future suits over the same subject, fingers crossed. If that happens, it would make the transition from conventional to organic much more appealing to farmers.
Should read “not that you’re a bear”