Yeah. I must admit I'm really at all impressed with organic myself. I feel in many ways ,organic kind of has a nice theory - but the practice and principle is short sighted and unsustainable.
If the world went down the current path of organic principle - their would be a definite food crisis, and within a very short time - and a massive production issue. There are too many grey area's within the organic movement.
Can I ask however how many of you have watched this film? Or are actually aware of the issues it specifically presents? I haven't read anyone mention the impact that behavior such at the exhibited by Monsato, or express an opinion on it? Please correct me if I am wrong.
Someone suggested that I read up on food history. I have, and I am well versed on the stages that food production, and consumer trend has moved through, as well as the reactive principles that are developed in response.
I suppose I am looking at the future when I express my worries - Sure, things may have SOME benefits now, but as the majority of the control is placed in the hands of the few, that is what worries me.
In regard to poor performing, or low socio economic, 'third world' economies being based of food production provided from USA ect......please, don't kid yourself into thinking these 'Parent' countries do them any favors....
The biggest impact behind economies struggling to feed themselves beyond internal politics, and climatic issues comes from fragile economies that are dependent, and at the mercy of the global market. The global market has driven down the value of food, through the industrialization of production, that leaves a situation where they simply CANNOT afford to even eat the food that they produce themselves.
I'm not suggesting everyone gets out, and puts in a vege garden, or has a few meat birds - heck, I personally know a large group of people that would starve if this was the only way they were to feed themselves, I'm talking about supporting a sustainable food system through spending money on what actually helps, not harms.
This film isn't scaremongering, its fact. Personally, I don't believe their is anything such as scaremongering. Their are lies, and then their are truths.
In regards to the topic of food safety, I do not believe in alot of what has been said in the film - and I have little faith in the modern systems provided as "answers" I don't believe in the short sighted over sanitation of food control, as in many cases if food is produced in a health way, their are less problems. What I DO believe however, in honesty and transparency in those that lay down the legislation, and decide what can, and cannot be done.
This isn't a small issue with neat, tidy, pleasant answers. It's not a case of, close you eyes and rip the bandaid off. And the consequences will be greater than a small splinter.
Those of you who have a vege garden, who save seeds and grow things from cuttings......do you know that you are actually breaking the law in 95% of the case?
Its is RARE to find a seed, or a plant with genetics that are not, quite literally 'owned' by someone else. A company that has the rights to these genetics. Technically, you should be paying royalties to the company that owns the genetics for your tomato plant every time you eat the food. These laws are being implemented in many countries already, with similar techniques to Monsanto. This is another reason why people cannot afford to feed themselves in many cases. What Monsanto is doing is not new or special...they are just more brash, and more confident about it.
Technically, if you are caught with seed, on your property - that Monsanto has the genetic license to, you are stealing.
Recently, within the first season of GM canola being allowed in Western Australia an organic farmer within our state lost his Organic license, as his neighbor cropped with GM canola. This canola contaminated his crops, and not only did he loose his Organic certification that he had spend thousands on over the years, and 20 years working towards - he was 'fined, billed, and hunted for the royalties from Monsanto, for the having unlicensed seed on his property.
That same season saw a truck roll over on a busy hwy. This truck was also carrying GM canola. The biohazard protocols needed to control this spill were beyond the joke, but you can later see WHY they did so. Seasons later, the road verge that is sprayed, burnt, and the verge literally dug out grows this canola. The property that is alongside the verge has been notified that It may at some point be expected to pay royalties for having canola seed that is carrying patented genetics.
These farmers do not use GM canola, and have had no desire to.
I'm sorry, their is very little way to look at that other than comparing to laws where a person who is raped, is then punished for having been so.
Lead. Be light - to create light......