Posted by: r.m. | October 28, 2009

hungry farmers?…

yes – the problem is structural.

yes – the problem is collective.

yes – the scientific and ecological and basic human issues are intrinsically tied to economic structures.

Try to wrap your mind around this statement: Global hunger already at an unprecedented level is growing. Those who are the most hungry are the farmers who produce our food

and this statement: Corporations now own 98 per cent of patents in agriculture, own seed monopolies, and are extending their control of genetic stock (plant and livestock)

read the article in full: Response to the FAO: How to Feed the World in 2050


Responses

  1. Now this is how it always worked on planet earth: the rich kills the poor or even worse:make him even poorer!
    The agricultural monopoles are englobing and thereby destroying little local industries, leaving farmers hungry with a unique alternative: suicide.
    We can clearly see that one side’s joy makes the other’s side misery. If nowadays farmers are going hungry, what is left for the rest of the population?

  2. what is rest for the population???!!! well to answer that lets think first of all local. what is rest for the Lebanese people? It is not enough for our government to kill us with the high prices of vegetables and fruits. but they want to kill us for real😦
    yesterday on the news they said that the ministry of health is complaining about the left overs of the organic chemicals used in agriculture. because the amount of radiations found in our food is over the normal average!! our daily tomatoes contain about 30% radiations.. our potatoes 40%.. cucumber 30% !! what else worse than this. Poverty is driving our farmers to over use there lands by any way any how to produce vegetation and survive. But sadly they are noy producing healthy food. This food is POISONED!!!

  3. what is rest for the population???!!! well to answer that lets think first of all local. what is rest for the Lebanese people? It is not enough for our government to kill us with the high prices of vegetables and fruits. but they want to kill us for real😦
    yesterday on the news they said that the ministry of health is complaining about the left overs of the organic chemicals used in agriculture. because the amount of radiations found in our food is over the normal average!! our daily tomatoes contain about 30% radiations.. our potatoes 40%.. cucumber 30% !! what else worse than this. Poverty is driving our farmers to over use there lands by any way any how to produce vegetation and survive. But sadly they are noy producing healthy food. This food is POISONED!!!!!!!!

  4. Well whether or not you want to blame it on globalisation or on capitalism or on bigger industries, the problem is there and it is going to stay there. Ever since the begining of humanity, the poor is governed by the powerful and the powerful in order to sustain and increase his power feeds on the weakness of the poor and tries to increase the gap between them. Globalisation is happening, it was inevitable and no one can argue with that.
    Nowadays, farmers are hungry because society no longer favors smaller companies, it goes for the bigger ones the more recognizable ones. Farmers are being eaten by bigger companies and although it is a very sad situation, i don’t think they can do anything about it other then try to compete with them at least on a local scale. They need to increase their productivity and more importantly increase their quality of their products which mean they need to learn how to do that not just by spreading chemicals and pesticides around!


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