I wish there was something else we could do with the harvest as well besides just dumping it...The problem is that someone needs to organize the whole operation and distribution, and that costs money (especially distribution). Years ago, people would have had no problem with public funding for such an operation.
This is exactly what was done until Cargill VP, Dan Amstruz wrote the "Freedom to Farm Act" of 1996. The USDA stored excess crops, and exported it as USAID to the needy. However the grain traders saw this kept the price of grain down so they "fixed" the system.
The last of the stored grain is gone. This leaves the world ripe for a crop failure induced famine. I and several other farmers have written about this problem for years but until there is famine in the USA no one is going to listen. By then the rest of the plans, to move all food growing into corporate hands, will be done.
This article, A solemn walk through HR 875 Shows the Corporate Cartel's intent to to have a monopoly on food production.
“Ten corporations now control nearly every aspect of the world's food chain. Four control 90 per cent of the world's exports of corn, wheat, tobacco, tea, ...” Source
If you do not think the US government isn't hand in glove with the Corporate Cartel read this. As Kissinger said back in the 1970’s, ‘Control the oil and you can control entire Continents. Control food and you control people…
’Translated into lay language, D&PL officially declares the purpose of its Patent No. 5,723,765, Control of Plant Gene Expression, is to prevent farmers who once get trapped into buying transgenic or GMO seeds from a company such as Monsanto or Syngenta, from ‘brown bagging’ or being able to break free of control of their future crops by Monsanto and friends. As D&PL puts it, their patent gives them ‘the prospect of opening significant worldwide seed markets to the sale of transgenic technology in varietal crops in which crop seed currently is saved and used in subsequent seasons as planting seed.’
In a June 1998 interview, USDA spokesman, Willard Phelps, defined the US Government policy on Terminator seeds. He explained that USDA wanted the technology to be ‘widely licensed and made expeditiously available to many seed companies.’ He meant agribusiness GMO giants like Monsanto, DuPont or Dow. The USDA was open about their reasons:
They wanted to get Terminator seeds into the developing world where the Rockefeller Foundation had made eventual proliferation of genetically engineered crops the heart of its GMO strategy from the beginnings of its rice genome project in 1984.
USDA’s Phelps stated that the US Government’s goal in fostering the widest possible development of Terminator technology was ‘to increase the value of proprietary seed owned by US seed companies and to open up new markets in Second and Third World countries.’ www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">Source
The IPC, An unholy alliance of Ag Corporations and government reps, wanted and got open borders and no quarantine through the ratification of the World Trade Agreement Agreement on Agriculture, The result is that the USA exports 700,000 tons of quality beef while importing 1,500,000 tons from countries with: Naegleria fowler, Encephalitis, Vesicular Stomatitis viruses, Leptospirosis, Trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease), and foot and mouth disease. The US imports 2.5 million live cattle from Canada with BSE (now found in USA) and from Mexico with tuberculosis (now found in USA), brucellosis (now found in USA) cattle tick fever, (now found in USA) Trypanosoma cruz,, (now found in USA), Bluetongue (now found in USA), and Vesicular stomatitis. (I have too many ref to list)
After ratification of the WTO AoA the USDA and FDA implemented the international HACCP rules and started shutting down US testing labs. This is the real reason we saw an upsurge of food illness.
Under the HACCP rule, industry is responsible for assessing potential food safety hazards and systematically preventing and controlling those hazards. FSIS is responsible for verifying that establishments’ HACCP systems are working Source
Even the Food inspectors union knows that HACCP doesn't work but the USDA silenced the union.
Apr 17, 2008 Testimony:Mr. Stan Painter, Chairman, National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals:
December 2004 Union president Stan Painter receive reports from union member that SRM regulations are not uniformly enforced. Painter writes to the Assistant FSIS Administrator for Field Operation about enforcement problem. USDA responses by placed Painter on disciplinary investigation status and contacts the USDA Office of Inspector General about filing criminal charges.
It (the recall of Hallmark/Westland Meat) highlights one of the problems that we have attempted to raise with the agency ever since 1996 when the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) inspection system was put in place. There seems to be too much reliance on an honor system for the industry to police itself. While the USDA investigation is still on going at Hallmark/Westland, a couple of facts have emerged that point to a system that can be gamed by those who want to break the law. It (HACCP) shifted the responsibility for food safety over to the companies .
December 2004 Freedom of Information Act requests
August 2005 Over 1000 non-compliance reports – weighing some 16 pounds -- were turned overdomesticpolicy.oversight.house.gov..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow"> Source
In the USA farmers are told by the transnational corporations what they will be paid for a crop according to a PEW report. "Meat, poultry, and dairy producers have overall been cutting back the sizes of herds and flocks." “instead of making roughly $50 a head, the ranch lost as much as $135 on every head of cattle sold..”
Financial reports show 20 straight months of cattle being sold at a loss in 2008.
Bovine tuberculosis is fast becoming an important reason that carcasses are being condemned as unsafe in American beef packing plants. The number of carcasses found infected is 15 times higher than in 1986. Dr. Billy Johnson, said about 80 percent of the condemned carcasses were traced back to animals raised in Mexico.” Source
The sun acting weird. NASA Headline: Deep Solar Minimum...“Since the Space Age began in the 1950s, solar activity has been generally high,” notes Hathaway. “Five of the ten most intense solar cycles on record have occurred in the last 50 years. We’re just not used to this kind of deep calm.” ...sun’s brightness has dropped by 0.02% at visible wavelengths and a whopping 6% at extreme UV wavelengths since the solar minimum of 1996” NASA now say we maybe in a Gleissberg minumum
This may mean in the future, Canada and parts of Russia will no longer be able to grow grain according to some predictions.