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Comment Number: AGW-14532
|Sent:||Thursday, December 31, 2009 11:29 PM|
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
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.
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