We live in a world where one third of all food is wasted, where industrial agriculture accounts for the lion’s share of carbon emissions, and where the genetic diversity of the whole food chain is in free-fall, all presided over by an international regime of biopiracy headed by multinational corporations like Monsanto. But not everyone is taking it sitting down.
The Guardians of the Seeds are the alternative, and in their struggles and celebrations they prefigure a different way of life. As over a thousand people streamed into the small town of Monte Carmelo on the morning of October 29, this vision comes to life. People from around the country bring their seeds to trade, to discuss, to learn and compare. Small children run through the crowds, as eager to trade for a new kind of seed as children in the cities to buy a new plastic toy.
You can see from the work of Bill Mollison and others that it’s quite possible to green the desert without massive infrastructure projects. The present desertification of the South-West of the United States is not a result of “climate change”, it’s the result of misuse of the water that’s always been there, under the ground, regardless of the periodic minor variations in climate.
The second video below gives an idea of what could have happened had common sense prevailed over the short term self-interest of a very few, and what could still happen if people wake up.
Short answer, big agriculture, big business and little Bill. Bill Gates along with Monsanto are using their US government to force GM crops on Africa, says a report by FoE International. Small farmers will suffer, even more than they are under the current alleged aid and development projects.
In their press release, FoE says:
“South African farmers have more than 16 years’ experience cultivating GM maize, soya and cotton, but the promise that GM crops would address food security has not been fulfilled. Indeed, South Africa’s food security is reportedly declining with almost half the nation currently categorised as food insecure even though South Africa exports maize,” said Haidee Swanby from the African Centre for Biosafety.
“The South African experience confirms that GM crops can only bring financial benefits for a small number of well-resourced farmers. The vast majority of African farmers are small farmers who cannot afford to adopt expensive crops which need polluting inputs such as synthetic fertilisers and chemicals to perform effectively,” she added.
[strange usage of “effectively” there, maybe she knows what they’re really for!]
…According to the final declaration of the Forum for Food Sovereignty, …”Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.”
William Engdahl has published an in-depth article about the Rockerfellers’ agribusiness revolution and the devastating impact it has had on our health, our food and the lives of farmers worldwide. Read it at journal-neo.org.
Here’s an interview he did for Red Ice Radio (doesn’t cover everything in the article):
There’s no doubt some truth in all the CO2 propaganda we’re being subjected to. Of course our over-consuming industrial civilization is having a devastating impact on our home, no-one could seriously dispute that, but what our leaders are foisting on us as a solution is just more of the same. The same increase in their power, and in their control over us. The same destruction of the lives of poor people everywhere, and particularly in the ‘third world’. Here’s a story that illustrates many of the aspects of the new colonialism opportunity that our predicament is being used for by the globalists to further establish their dominance over us.
Those of us working to make the world a better place need to reevaluate our work and withdraw support from everything that they have their dirty fingers in. We can develop our own solutions, without having to support their propaganda. CO2 suits them fine, but it isn’t the only symptom of our problems, and we don’t need to use it in our campaigns. We don’t need to compromise to get their grants, because we don’t need their stinkin’ grants. Without our support, they will not be able to set up the scams like this one.
The mechanisms he is using to enrich himself are the exact ones lobbied for and approved by all the mainstream organizations. This is what you get for ‘cooperating’ with a bunch of psychopath bankers (UN, World Bank et al). Please get a backbone and stand up to these people, or at least stop supporting them!
A 200-year-long drought 4,200 years ago may have killed off the ancient Sumerian civilization, according to Matt Konfirst, a geologist at the Byrd Polar Research Center
Thanks largely to the mainstream obsession with ‘climate change’, research into historical disasters that focuses on climate is getting more funding. Mainstream reporting of this research is skewed towards supporting the idea that we must give Al Gore and his carbon mafia all our money and submit to global government, but in between the lines we can piece together a story of successive civilizations which were destroyed by drought. The causes of these droughts are largely left unexplored by mainstream journalists, with speculation confined to statements like “The findings also suggest that modern-day civilizations may be vulnerable to climate change”
There isn’t much evidence that the Sumerians had cars, or package holidays, or air conditioning, so it’s unlikely that their plights had much to do with anything that would easily be construed as supporting carbon taxes and state interference in every aspect of our lives, so the reasons for the climate change are pretty much left out of the reports we get to see in the mainstream media. However, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that agriculture (and thus deforestation) might at least have something to do with it.
More in the article, at Livescience.com, (and many other outlets too) but it doesn’t go into causes much.
Castles, field systems, cemetries and irrigation don’t sound like the things you would find in a desert, yet archaeologists exploring the ruins of the Garamantes civilization estimate that it was in existence as recently as 5 to 500 A.D. In one of the most inhospitable parts of the Sahara, there were farms as recently as Roman times!
If, as is commonly posited by those who haven’t thought about it much, the Sahara is a desert due to purely ‘natural’ reasons, then there may be nothing we can do about it. But evidence abounds that human activity (primarily unintelligent farming methods) was the real cause, and this discovery adds support to that view.
More at fox news, where they predictably use it to slag off the Gadhafi regime.