Monday, February 27, 2012

Tea with Occupy Our Food Supply

It’s Occupy Our Food Supply Day so I think about my tea while drinking it.  The Meyer lemon comes from a small tree that’s overwintering in the greenhouse and the honey is local organic star thistle honey. But what about the ginger, it’s organic, but has it been irradiated entering this country? Can I scrape it off?  

Meanwhile here’s a small roundup of what’s going on online:

Dr. Vandana Shiva has this to say,
We must Occupy Our Food Supply because corporations are destroying our seed and soil, our water and land, our climate, and biodiversity. Forty percent of the greenhouse gases that are destabilizing the climate right now come from corporate industrial agriculture. Seventy percent of water is wasted for industrial agriculture. Seventy-five percent of biodiversity has been lost due to industrial monocultures. Read her full statement here
And click here for Robin Shreeves’ list of 7 things you can do today from your own kitchen to stand with the Occupy Our Food Supply movement.

Vernie who blogs at Real Food Farming had this to say,
Here is my hope for the “Occupy Our Food Supply” movement.
  • That people will commit to buy from a farmer for more than one day.  I hope that they will commit to it every day.  If you plan to eat it, plan to know who grew it.
  • That our society will see work as a privilege, not drudgery or a punishment.The ability to labor is a gift…we need to start unwrapping and using it.
  • That everyone who believes that good food is important will “occupy” their own space and plant a garden.  Whether it’s in one little terra cotta pot in the kitchen window, a plot in a local empty lot, or in your own or a friends backyard, plant some seeds, get your hands dirty, and add some human life value to your land.  You’ll reap a harvest greater than good food.  The ancient Greeks believed that the real harvest of the soil is the human soul.
  • That everyone who is opposed to the strong-arm, bullying tactics practiced by some of the Big-Ag corporations will stop buying their products.  Just stop.  If we refuse to buy it, maybe they’ll stop trying to shove it down our throats.

And Christopher D. Cook writing for Alternet suggests:

Pass a 2012 Farm Bill that not only ends subsidies for corporate agribusiness, but that reinvests public money in an economically diversified, ecologically sustainable and more locally-oriented food system. It can be done. Shift the agribusiness subsidies to fund small and mid-sized organics; subsidize smaller-scale organics, and living-wage jobs in organic farming; create public investments for local and regional sustainable agriculture, both rural and urban; stop all food industry mergers today; and ban corporate representatives from all aspects of government food policymaking-no more corporate lobbyists and advisors deciding our nation's food, farming, and nutrition policies. No more revolving door between government and agribusiness. Period.
More to come, but first off to the greenhouse to pick a salad.