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Understanding the Depths of our Problem
WOW, Right on Target! How Misguided Economic Policies Relate to Obesity - and lots of other problems!
Alternatives to misguided
cheap food farm policies - Fair
Trade, not Free Trade!
More on Political Issues
* "Cheap" Beef ??? Cutting the cost of quality food
Diet and Health.
What would be the true price of a diet made in part of
grain fed beef, if the related costs of healthcare for
heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity were
Found once at the website of Thundering
High Cost of Cheap Food
I'm Hatin' It - How the feds
make bad-for-you food cheaper than healthful fare
Is Organic Food Worth the Price?
Cheap Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200611/cheapfood.asp
(Agri)Cultural Contradictions of Obesity (alternate
copy of article)
"We have been hearing a lot lately about how our agricultural policy is undermining our foreign-policy goals, forcing third-world farmers to compete against a flood tide of cheap American grain. Well, those same policies are also undermining our public-health goals by loosing a tide of cheap calories at home. "
Here's a sequel dated August 15, 2005
Part 1 King Corn http://www.newfarm.org/features/2005/0805/pollen/index.shtml
Part 2 Supersize me organically http://www.newfarm.org/features/2005/0805/pollen/index2.shtml
Alternatives to misguided
farm policies - Fair Trade, not Free Trade!
[This site is unavailable as of
7/05. Some of the same info is in the online book
"Raw-material income, most potently that of agriculture, is the prime mover in our national economy.... Raw materials income is the start of the cycle of exchange. It is the new wealth annually created by production. All other money, involved in the processes of manufacture and delivery to consumers, is money temporarily borrowed from the store of capital already in existence and is returned to it when the finished goods are sold....
"By 1925-29, our national efficiency had risen so that a much smaller part of our population was required to produce the raw materials and the turn[-over of raw material dollars] for the five-year period was 2.9. It is now [Dec. 1944] up to a fivefold turn, with only one-fifth of our working population engaged in raw material production. The other four-fifths of our population are now enabled to earn their living by taking the raw materials to the factories, processing them, distributing the finished goods, and performing other services called for by our standard of living.
"But the amount of raw-material production and the prices it brings determine the amount of national income that can be distributed among these other groups. The new income this provides is the starter for the whole machinery of exchange. If large, the machine runs at full speed. If small, the machine slows down and we have bad times. For the rate of turnover operates as an economic constant....
"Parity farm prices [this is, fair farm prices] consequently becomes
a national necessity. The United States has never had a depression when
farm prices were at parity. Our troubles always came when farm prices fell
out of line with others. And disaster soon overtook the other major
elements in our economy...." [And still today as inflation,
high taxes, high debt, and lost jobs have plagued us for many years.]
"Eventually, "money" became very popular. Most people forgot that everything needed by mankind to sustain human standards of living came directly from the bounty of nature. People became obsessed with money and considered it "wealth," thereby degrading the importance of the necessities of life, especially the raw materials from nature. This money culture gave birth to debt and usury, in spite of the warnings of great social and religious reformers over the ages, including Jesus Christ...."
Words That Can Change the World by
Observatory of the Institute
for Agriculture and Trade Policy
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy promotes resilient family farms, rural communities and ecosystems around the world through research and education, science and technology, and advocacy. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Whether we like it or not, the fact remains that the rich of the world still control the former colonies (although few are so impolite as to call them that anymore), because many of the colonial structures the rich nations built up were simply left in place after 'independence'. Corporate access to land, resources and markets, debt peonage, tax structures favourable to the powerful, commodity pricing aimed at driving small producers off their land, the massive export of resources these are all similar to procedures that existed hundreds of years ago. Only the names have changed. And in some countries, poverty is much worse than it was under direct colonial rule...
"The powerful have always recognized the impossibility of negotiations between parties of unequal power, and have done everything they can to magnify this disparity. Without access to land there can be no self-sufficiency. Land provides food, shelter, clothing. If you can force people to pay just so they can be alive on this earth (nowadays these payments are usually called rent or mortgage), you've forced them into the wage economy.
"The same holds true for forcing people to pay for materials that the earth gives freely: the salmon, bison, huckleberries and willows, for example, that are central to the lives, cultures and communities not only of indigenous peoples but of all of us (even if we make believe this isn't the case). To force people to pay for things they need for survival is an atrocity a community- and nature-destroying atrocity. To convince them to pay willingly is a scam. It also, as we see around us (or would had we not been brainwashed), causes people to forget that communities are even possible...."
at the Web site of Organic Consumers Association - Campaigning for Food Safety, Organic Agriculture, Fair Trade & Sustainability.
There is lots more at their Globalization/Trade site:
On corporate power - Distortions
in the Healthcare Industry
Agriculture - A Glaring Example
Imperialism, the state and the peasantry
And a further quote from the section "Failure of villagization
"These changes have not only firmly integrated the peasantry into the world market but have intensified its exploitation. Prices of primary products from underdeveloped countries bear no relation to their values: the socially necessary labour time spent on their production. [my emphasis] Multinational companies continue to amass huge profits from the trade of raw materials from underdeveloped countries. Within the country, however, a greater and greater proportion of the peasant produce is appropriated by the state bourgeoisie. Indeed, the abolition of local government and co-operative institutions was objectively a means for ensuring this exploitation."
Kris further comments:
to the Global Community
"The well-being, liberty and freedom of every country, independent business and person is threatened in the leveraging of people against people, and country against country, as these killer greed-driven corporations, empowered by WTO rules, search the globe for higher and higher profits in the lowest-cost commodities and in the most desperate people, who will work the cheapest."
* Ending Hunger
Hunger:10 Myths, 2015, by Frances Moore Lappé and
Food First - www.
Bread for the World
to Keep The Value Added Down on the Farm - Where It Belongs
* Small Farms Are More Efficient & Sustainable
* Diet for small planet may be most efficient if it
includes dairy and a little meat, Cornell researchers report
Enterprise Center * Rural
Family Farm Coalition
Food Security Coalition
"The concept of community food security has also gone through many changes, but its generally accepted definition is "a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice"."
What's the Economy for, Anyway? by John De Graaf
"In the past twenty years, I
have seen time and time again that what is called 'growth' in the
industrial economy is in reality robbery - robbery at the expense of
nature and at the expense of human beings."
"Which would you rather have? Fifty cent hamburgers and five cents in your pocket, or dollar hamburgers and five dollars in your pocket?"
Randy Cook of NORM
In Romans 13, verse 4, Paul states "The [governmental] authorities are sent by God to help you [that is, the average guy on the street or in the field, the peasants]. (NLT)
Take away from Me the noise of your songs,
They spout empty words and make promises they don't intend to keep.
So perverted justice springs up among them like poisonous weeds in a
They have perverted justice by selling honest people for silver and
poor people for a pair of sandals.
You wicked people! You twist justice, making it a bitter pill for
the poor and oppressed. Righteousness and fair play are meaningless
fictions to you.
Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor
of the land...
"Oh, ye wealthy: Your riches are corrupted, and your garments moth-eaten. Ye fail to hear the wails of the laborers of the fields, which is of you kept back by fraud." --- Holy Bible: James 5:1-3 (paraphrased)
God's Vision of a Just World