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Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:04 PM

Myths About Industrial Agriculture

By Vandana Shiva

Friday, September 07, 2012

Reports trying to create doubts about Organic Agriculture are suddenly flooding the media. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, people are fed up of the corporate assault of toxics and GMOs. Secondly people are turning to organic agriculture and organic food as a way to end the toxic war against the Earth and our bodies. At a time when industry has set its eyes on the superprofits to be harvested from seed monopolies through patented seeds and seeds engineered with toxic genes and genes for making crops resistant to herbicides, people are seeking food freedom through organic, nonindustrial food. The food revolution is the biggest revolution of our times, and industry is panicking. So it spins propoganda, hoping that in the footsteps of Goebbel, a lie told a hundred times will become the truth. But food is diiferent. We are what we eat. We are our own barometers. Our farms and our bodies are our labs, and every farmer and every citizen is a scientist who knows best how bad farming and bad food hurts the land and our health, and how good farming and good food heals the planet and people.


Small farms of the world provide 70% of the food, yet are being destroyed in the name of low “yields”. 88% of the food is consumed within the same eco-region or country where it is grown. Industrialization and globalization is the exception, not the norm. And where industrialization has not destroyed small farms and local food economies, biodiversity and food are bringing sustenance to people. The biodiversity of agriculture is being maintained by small farmers. As the ETC report states “peasants breed and nurture 40 livestock species and almost 8000 breeds. Peasants also breed 5000 domesticated crops and have donated more than 1.9 million plant varieties to the world’s gene banks. Peasant fishers harvest and protect more than 15,000 freshwater species. The work of peasants and pastoralists maintaining soil fertility is 18 times more valuable than the synthetic fertilizers provided by the seven largest corporations” (ETC Group, “Who Will Feed Us”).

When this biodiversity rich food system is replaced by industrial monocultures, when food is commoditized, the result is hunger and malnutrition. Of the world’s 6.6 billion, 1 billion are not getting enough food; another billion might get enough calories but not enough nutrition, especially micro nutrients. Another 1.3 billion who are obese suffer the malnutrition of being condemned to artificially cheap, calorie rich, nutrient poor processed food.

Half of the world’s population is a victim of structural hunger and food injustice in today’s dominant design for food. We have had hunger in the past, but it was caused by external factors – wars and natural disasters. It was localized in space and time. Today’s hunger is permanent and global. It is hunger by design. This does not mean that those who design the contemporary food systems intend to create hunger. It does mean that creation of hunger is built into the corporate design of industrial production and globalised distribution of food.


more: http://www.zcommunications.org/myths-about-industrial-agriculture-by-vandana-shiva

In doing a search for duplicates, I came across this thread from way back: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x556691

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:17 PM

1. Thank you so much for exposing this needed information.

I wish it was getting more attention here.

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 03:23 PM

2. Most of our food supply

 

source is 5 firms. All run by repuke shills. Hear is a tid bit,GMO crops do not out produce non-GMO. University of Iowa and Nebraska field trials.

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 03:18 PM

3. Artificial scarcity

 

in world of abundance.

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