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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.
“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
’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
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
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
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
Originally posted by nasdack24k
It may be similar to socialism, but to give the food to charity is also quite logical in this situation.
Hard-line capitalists like to spout off how the "free market" keeps itself in check, yet they have to pull stunts like this in order for it to work.
A man-made famineThere are many causes behind the world food crisis, but one chief villain: World Bank head, Robert Zoellick
For anyone who understands the current food crisis, it is hard to listen to the head of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick, without gagging.
Earlier this week, Zoellick waxed apocalyptic about the consequences of the global surge in prices, arguing that free trade had become a humanitarian necessity, to ensure that poor people had enough to eat. The current wave of food riots has already claimed the prime minister of Haiti, and there have been protests around the world, from Mexico, to Egypt, to India.
The reason for the price rise is perfect storm of high oil prices, an increasing demand for meat in developing countries, poor harvests, population growth, financial speculation and biofuels. But prices have fluctuated before. The reason we're seeing such misery as a result of this particular spike has everything to do with Zoellick and his friends
Hard-line free-market types have been opposing this farm regulation crap for decades.
If you're thinking neo-cons, neo-libs or corporatists are free-market types you've got another thing coming.
Originally posted by crimvelvet
The "Free Market" is definitely NOT a "fair Market" when American taxes pay farmers to grow corn that Cargill sells for less than the cost of production. And IMF/World Bank SAPs keep third world countries from subsidizing their own farmers.
✴ ownership information available Location Total USDA Subsidies
1 Riceland Foods Inc Stuttgart, AR 72160 $554,343,039
2 Producers Rice Mill Inc ∗ Stuttgart, AR 72160 $314,028,012
3 Farmers Rice Coop Sacramento, CA 95851 $146,174,314
4 Harvest States Cooperatives Saint Paul, MN 55164 $49,470,473
5 Dnrc Trust Land Management - Exem Helena, MT 59620 $38,396,957
6 Tyler Farms ∗ Helena, AR 72342 $37,009,744
7 Sd Building Authority Sioux Falls, SD 57117 $29,843,276
8 Ducks Unlimited ∗ Memphis, TN 38120 $29,387,612
9 Pilgrim's Pride Corporation ∗ Broadway, VA 22815 $26,461,206
10 Missouri Delta Farms ∗ Sikeston, MO 63801 $25,280,578
don't know about third world countries or the exact figures right now, but a few years ago, the American farmer was subsidized $68/acre on average and European farmers were subsidized $400+/acre. The older Europeans said that they knew what it felt like to go hungry and they did not intend to ever be in that position again. This was in an article that I read in a magazine several years ago.
Originally posted by crimvelvet
The $68/acre is very misleading. Most farmers (2/3) in the USA do not get one red cent in government money. The USDA counts as "farm acres" any land owned by someone who makes a thousand a year GROSS from farm products. Obviously anyone with a lot of land will try to make the magic $1000 so he is taxed as a "farm" My farm is 106 ac but I only "farm" 12 ac.
The crops that get subsidies are the grain crops (exported by Cargill) and not much else.
Subsidies (note there are 2.1 million farmers in the USA 707,596 receive subsidies or 33%)
It just occurred to me the $68/acre is done on purpose. Third world countries are screaming about USA and EU subsidies during WTO meetings Therefore the easiest way to "cook the books" is to count the acreage of every little hobby farmer but only subsidize the crops exported. During the last USDA survey they sent the survey to anyone who bought gardening mags, horse mags got rabies shots, Coggins test for horses... The USDA really beat the bushes for any one involved in raising food or livestock including bunny rabbits!
Any bets this caused a "large increase " in farm acreage and the USDA can now provide numbers to the WTO that show we have "lowered" US subsidies?
[edit on 18-8-2009 by crimvelvet]
Originally posted by Night Star
My heart breaks that the government can do such things to people. How do they get away it? What is being done to fight this?
READ THIS AND ACT NOW - H.R. 2749 IS REAL AND TO BE VOTED IN SENATE SOON!!!