Agriculture Workshop Comment Number: AGW-14532

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Comment Number: AGW-14532

From: Pete/Karen Martin/Riener
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 11:29 PM
To: ATR-Agricultural Workshops
Subject: agriculturalworkshops

Regarding: Comments on Industrial Agricultural Policy

Dec. 31, 2009

       I am glad you are receiving comments from the public on this 
agricultural issue that has huge environmental and health impacts. I 
live in a rural area and have a very small farm, which I cannot make 
enough money from to make ends meet so I work off the farm as well.
     I am old enough to have seen the demise of the family farm, the 
takeover of corporate farming, and the propaganda spewed over the 
green revolution. None of that worked.
       We still have hungry people, growing in number even in the 
United States. Our food is less nutritious, our soil is depleted 
because chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides kill the 
soil organisms that promote tilth, nor is there much organic matter 
being put back onto the agricultural lands to even break down into 
the soil.
       Recently a young man from Estonia said to me, "Agriculture is 
the biggest environmental problem in the world today." I hadn't 
thought of it in that way before but he's right.
       Sustainable, organic agriculture can feed the world. Hungry 
people  result from the food system being run as profiteering 
economics, farming for the investors, not farming for everyone to be 
able to eat.
       Farmers are not making money. Stockholders, futures 
marketeers, food and agricultural land corporations are the ones 
making money. And it is this rationale of farming as solely a profit-
motivated system that is making agriculture the biggest environmental 
problem in the world today.

Pete Martin

Rt. 1 Box 51
Richland, OR 97870


Updated April 7, 2016

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