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World Food Day Drives Home Need for Change in the US

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/10/20/world-food-day-drives-home-need-change-us

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This is a good article. We surely do “need to transform our food system to be ecologically and economically resilient.”

The article’s writer Shiney Varghese is correct that “the U.S. food supply system is vertically integrated from field to fork.” That’s why we need to have a good grasp on just how much food we currently produce from “alternative food sources… of sustainably produced local food, short-value chains and regional food supply systems… building community and food system resilience.” We need realistic strategies for how we can invest our lives and our resources to grow the resilient and ecologically based food systems we need, with audacious targets for how quickly we can grow these systems.

We need a fast shift from the “vertically integrated from field to fork” chemical-industrial corporate commodity food system that is rapidly, and at an ever-accelerating pace, dismantling the ecology and destroying ecosystems. We need these systems of resilience to grow sufficiently to produce and provide for everyone equitably.

That means we need millions upon millions of people who do not presently work the land as a primary or secondary occupation to do so. A couple of billion people, realistically, is what we need to be practicing agroecology, building soil and increasing biodiversity while producing food.

To allow the restoration of ecological integrity, and enable the development of a substantial class of agroecological practitioners worldwide, we need need to return vast tracts of developed land to natural, unmanaged ecology; and simultaneously shift vast tracts of chemical-industrial agricultural land (and available urban land) into agroecological food production - food production that arises from building soil and increasing biodiversity.

We need to know - locally, regionally and worldwide - what developed lands fall into these categories. We need to lay out steps to transfer these lands from the systems of ownership that presently define them, to new systems of decolonized peoples, democratized economies, and recommoned land, water and ecology. And we need to recognize and address those interests and powers that stand against this necessary transition of human society, culture and civilization. We need plans and strategies to enable us to see how ecological and social resilience can grow from our communities and our actions, in humility, solidarity, democracy, love, and respect for each other and the Earth.

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Simultaneous lockdowns were inappropriate for countries with demographically young and poor people- who were not as at risk for getting ill, but who had to work on a daily basis to eat.
Lockdowns stopping fishermen from fishing, and stopping women from selling at markets have meant people going hungry, as if by design in Africa.
Call them off.
Varghese analyzes well and seems caring. But we need to insure that an emphasis on local production as sustainable doesn’t usher in carbon levies in trucking food to people in any future green deals- people gotta eat.
Read up on UN Agenda 21.