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The Re-Colonization of Africa


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The Re-Colonization of Africa

Most of the world's food is grown by small scale farmers. While it is called "traditional" agriculture, it is never static and farmers constantly adapt. This traditional agriculture relies on a varied and changing mix of crops, a polyculture, which provides a balanced diet, is affordable for local farmers and can accommodate changing local conditions.


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When parasitic Western business interests infect a country, the results often prove disastrous for the host. Watch the 2005 documentary "Darwin's Nightmare". It's available at the TopDocumentaryFilms site.


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One point i like to make regarding colonization, is that you can look at Western society, economy, and consciousness as being thoroughly colonized.

Looking at the history of enclosure, colonization, and privatization, it is often tempting from within the Western paradigm to see colonization as something that we need to protect others from.

In reality, we need to de-colonize the West.

Liberatory activists in the West often expound on the need to de-colonize our own consciousness, which is certainly true, but the deep connection is often not made to the entwined need to de-colonize the economy, the land, the workplace, and not just in terms of how our minds and language define particular classes and cultures and peoples, but in hard terms of who "owns" land, who has political authority, who can make decisions about others, etc.

The need for access to land for local, personal, familial, and community food production, challenges the deeply entrenched colonization of "our" society, economy, and consciousness. It is generally "unthinkable" to even consider challenging the legitimacy of land ownership. But ultimately, Western efforts at de-colonization cannot "defend" Africa, or end racism inside Western societies, without facing the intimately deep penetration of colonialism into our societies, our workplaces, our minds and imaginations, and our political economy.

At least, that's how i often think.


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Feeding the world

A putrid platter of propaganda


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Whenever the Wold Bank is involved, Wall Street is the only winner.

Whenever the US Department of Defense in involved, Wall Street is the only winner.

Whenever Bill Gates is involved, Bill Gates is the only winner.

Whenever the Rockefeller Foundation is involved, Rockefeller Foundation is the only winner.

Whenever US Aid is involved, the CIA is the only winner.


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Amen to this article. Excellent summary, Jim Goodman.

And testing the comments.


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Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jim. With Senator Klobuchar in Minnesota representing me in Congress, I let her know how disappointed I am with her 'open up Cuba' support for more big agriculture interests.


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In an earlier era, this was called "The White Man's Burden." Many sincere and poor "white men" went into the jungles and deserts, the small villages, the mines. They worked and many died trying to help the people.
* Other "white men" financed these expeditions and took the profits squeezed out of the people, the land. Their burden was just the effort of carrying the profits to the bank. Many of their descendants are very rich indeed due to their efforts.
* Now, over a century later, we are seeing a rerun of this scenario, including the profits to be made by essentially the same oilagarchy that existed then. The suffering and starvation of the poor, the native peoples exploited for the "White Man's Burden" to show "adequate profit" for their investment continues to grow.
;-})


#10

This AGRA is a real CON!


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But if we don't switch them over to seeds they can't afford we might have to pay to buy up their land. This way, when they kill themselves, we can get it for a song.

Big Agra

PS: I love to sing. smile


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Small family farmers will likely not be able to supply all of the $50 billion in food that is now imported into Africa every year, so there needs to be an alternative to the AGRA solution which seems to be primarily a front for corporations that promote monoculture industrial farming methods and the required chemical inputs and proprietary seeds.

How about this: since most of the land in Africa is the communal property of villages, or commons, this would seem to be an opportunity for villages to create responsible commercial farms on their land that would both increase the villages' food security as well as create a source of revenue for social services. Presumably, these village community-owned farms would grow their own traditional crops using their own heirloom seeds (i.e. what they know). If these community farms could be structured as an investment, they may also be able to attract SRI funds to Africa.


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The world is ending up being one be "plantation society". The few rule the slaves.


#15

Good summary, though the part about Ghana and the Plant Breeders Bill is partially incorrect. While many in Parliament seem to be in support of the bill (or stay completely quiet), Parliament has not yet voted on it, thanks in part to the incredible amount of pressure being placed on them by civil society.


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Would it be feasible to round up the algae blooms, dry them, and burn them instead of coal in coal-fired electric generators? Several years ago Care2 network had an article about a town in Massachusetts that used algae to separate water-soluble plant nutrients in sewage from water after removing biological oxygen demand by anaerobic digestion to get methane, which they burned to run their sewage treatment plant. Then they burned the algae in coal-fired generator.