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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 07:26 AM

Big Food Must Go: Why We Need to Radically Change the Way We Eat

AlterNet / By Christopher D. Cook

Big Food Must Go: Why We Need to Radically Change the Way We Eat
This is not a problem we can solve by going vegetarian or vegan, or buying organic and fair trade.

February 26, 2012 |


It is no longer news that a few powerful corporations have literally occupied the vast majority of human sustenance. The situation is perilous: nearly all of human food production, seeds, food processing and sales, is run by a handful of for-profit firms which, like any capitalist enterprise, function to maximize profit and gain ever-greater market share and control. The question has become: What do we do about this disastrous alignment of pure profit in something so basic and fundamental to human survival?

It is time -- now, not next year -- to de-occupy Walmart. And Archer Daniels Midland. And Tyson Foods. And Monsanto. And Cargill. And Kraft Foods. And the other large corporations that decide what ends up on our plates. Take all our money out, public and personal, from our shopping dollars to school district lunch contracts to the corporate subsidies that uphold these firms' grip on our food supply, and invest it in a new system that's economically diverse and ecologically sustainable.

These corporations' stranglehold over food has wreaked havoc on the environment, our health, farmers, workers, and our very future. It is time for an end to Big Food, and a societal shift to something radically different. We all deserve a future where what we eat feeds community and land, instead of eroding soils, polluting water and air, and tossing away small farmers and immigrant workers as if they were balance sheet losers.

"Occupying the food system" has emerged as a rallying cry as activists and movements across the country, from Willie Nelson to more than 60 Occupy groups are turning up the heat on "big food" in nationwide actions today. Across the US, online and offline, thousands will be protesting icons of corporate control over food such as Monsanto and Cargill, and literally occupying vacant lots and tilling long-ignored soils in a mass-scale rejuvenation of community-led food production. (Find out more about the day of action here.) ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.alternet.org/food/154311/big_food_must_go%3A_why_we_need_to_radically_change_the_way_we_eat/



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marmar Feb 2012 OP
xchrom Feb 2012 #1
Little Star Feb 2012 #2
dynasaw Feb 2012 #3
get the red out Feb 2012 #4
KurtNYC Feb 2012 #5
proverbialwisdom Feb 2012 #6
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handmade34 Feb 2012 #8
WHEN CRABS ROAR Feb 2012 #9
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johanoak Jul 2012 #11

Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 07:27 AM

1. du rec. nt

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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 07:40 AM

2. Good article with a great subject. k&r

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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 09:24 AM

3. Aslo Fast Food Nation

The Dark Side of of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser.

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Response to dynasaw (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 09:46 AM

4. That's an amazing book

I really got a lot out of reading it.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 10:05 AM

5. "pressure Congress through through education, protest and targeted campaigns"

when has THAT ever worked? Seems to me that just doesn't fit with the status quo. Would be like trying to convince the NY Giants to start playing cricket.

While I think this is a very important subject I found this piece to be mostly the same ranting against the same corporations followed by unrealistic solutions that have never worked. Also the idea that you can just plow up any dirt and grow food is naive. Capitalism is not collapsing, efficient food production is not a "disaster" and the planet is not dead yet.



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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 12:52 PM

6. As women re-fight the reproductive rights battle, ANYONE WHO PURCHASES FOOD NEEDS TO JUMP INTO THIS.

This colossal fight demands greater urgency, passion, participation and juice. So much is so wrong.

http://www.cfr.org/health-science-and-technology/food-prices-global-instability/p24018

Feb 4, 2011

Interviewee: Laurie A. Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, CFR


Interviewer: Toni Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

...What we're seeing is that the entire food supply of the world is now globalized, and there is no country on Earth that is entirely self-supporting. Everybody is importing and exporting. It is so fluid and so complicated, that at any given moment it is very difficult to say what countries were involved in every chain of what you consume.

A study done on a hamburger sold by a fast food chain in the United States (found) that the ingredients came from fifty-four countries. When you imagine processed food (from your local market might contain) elements from ten or twelve countries, it (becomes clear) how difficult it is, in this new globalizing world of food production, to guarantee the safety of anything.

The challenge is now well beyond what any given country's regulatory agencies can handle. We really need to be thinking about entirely new kinds of global regimens and standards of safety for food, regardless of whether the consumer is in Nigeria, Argentina, or Los Angeles.

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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 04:40 PM

7. Buy your seeds from SeedSavers Exchange.

They are propegating heirloom seeds through their members.

See:
SeedSavers.org

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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 06:59 PM

8. yes

start cooperatives, start and join CSA's, shop local, grow a garden... so much we could all do...

http://www.localharvest.org/

I'm ready to quit my job and start a farm... just need partners

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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 07:19 PM

9. I fear we have already lost this battle and now, the lack of resources, unsustainability

of food production, overpopulation, pollution and an inability to change, will push us into a long, slow, downward spiral that may last for thousands of years.

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Tue Feb 28, 2012, 01:03 AM

10. California set to VOTE on GMO Foods!

 

Anyone have an update on this? If California passes law requiring labeling of GMO foods, then it could sweep across to a few more states and cripple the GMO Pesticide laden food.

PLEASE READ MY LINKS BELOW!!!Sign up to email companies telling them NO MORE GMOS


(IE: built in PESTICIDES) Agent Orange is NEXT because insects are natural selecting out ROUNDUP READY foods, so now they need to be more toxic.
Look at the list in the link for GMO FREE FOODS!!!

BTW, Obama is MORE GMO FRIENDLY THAN BUSH WAS! Just like Clinton, Liberals are SITTING BACK ON THEIR HANDS when the CorpoDem gets in. Nothing learned, nothing GAINED. When your guy gets in, it just means you have to lobby them 2x as hard.

(Alex Jones talks about GMO Foods every day just about BTW) More than any Liberal talk show host!)

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Sat Jul 7, 2012, 02:36 AM

11. Spam deleted by Vanje (MIR Team)

 

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