“Our agricultural system has lost its way.
“Millions of acres of corn, soybeans, and other commodity crops, grown with the help of heavy government subsidies, dominate our rural landscapes.
“To grow these crops, industrial farms use massive amounts of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, which deplete our soil and pollute our air and water.
“Much of this harvest will end up as biofuels and other industrial products—and most of the rest will be used in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) or in heavily processed junk foods, which seem cheap only because their hidden costs don’t show up at the cash register.
“Industrial agriculture is unhealthy—for our environment, our climate, our bodies, and our rural economies.
“There’s a better way to grow our food. Working with nature instead of against it, sustainable agriculture uses 21st-century techniques and technologies to implement time-tested ideas such as crop rotation, integrated plant/animal systems, and organic soil amendments.
“Sustainable agriculture is less damaging to the environment than industrial agriculture, and produces a richer, more diverse mix of foods. It’s productive enough to feed the world, and efficient enough to succeed in the marketplace—but current U.S. agricultural policy stacks the deck in favor of industrial food production. …”
A huge collection of scientific facts about GMO’s and other trojan horses at this site. Farmers better get a clue from the epidemic of farmer suicides in India: http://news.sky.com/story/901521/wave-of-suicides-among-indian-farmers
The synergistic networking of pharma, medical, petrochemical and corporo-governmental (fascistic) interests is destroying our food, health and land. The concentration of power through consolidation of diverse industries is an emergent consequence of our monetary system, where every unit of the currency that facilitates all economic activity implies an interest payment (via both borrowing and taxation) to existing concentrations of wealth, which uses the proceeds to gradually buy up the industries which must partake of these debt-tokens to conduct business. The human consequences of this system have long been felt in the “3rd” world, where agricultural cornucopias co-exist with system-wide starvation.