Part 20: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?

Each day we run three of your responses to the question: Where Would You Like to See More Agricultural Funding Directed?

photo credit: Bernard Pollack

1.  Steven Sweet says:

“There is no simple answer, because the agricultural systems are effected by and connected to every other structure within a society subjectively. Food and its means of production and consumption and how it ties into the entire societies existance is relative to that society. Status-quo socioeconomic, political/governmental, every dimension of subjectivity must be taken into account. We cannot go, as a country, over to another country with our psychological suitcase to help without taking into account cultural relativism. Without the current power structures taken into account, as Focault says, we run the risk of being led into a “new” system where the same issues re-manifest themselves. Helping lots of small groups of people with microloans only to have the systems funneling into a dictator who uses the new system to further his flex of control over them, for instance. With that being said, I believe that there should be a large focus on TEACHING. Teaching innovative farming techniques that increase stability and output of crops. There are opposing forces at hand in this scenario. The same government that has USAID and PeaceCorps is the same government that is trying to reduce population. For anything to really last, it seems as though we would truly need to take as much as possible into account simultaneously and work on it in a unified front globally, but that’s too ‘New World Order” for many, makes them uncomfortable. There is no logical answer to this question. Until we get all the rich global banking elite who extort and perpetuate the poor with economic and political tools, it’s a hard battle, we’re stuck in a lower local-ordinance rhythm. We should get the bankers to invest in overpopulated countries and third world countries so that way these countries stop having large families for varieties of reasons and can more efficiently and positively help themselves and not be victim to the system they are perpetuated in.”

2. Vicki Lipski says:

“As I’m sure you’re aware, soil is capable of sequestering all the CO2 we can produce, if we go about building soil the right way  (see Rodale Institute).  Permaculture is the way forward, industrial agriculture is destroying soils not just here, but overseas, as well.  From coastal dead zones to carbon-free soils, we have paid, and paid again, for the well-intended Green Revolution.  We must return to being a nation of farmers.  Read about Rodale’s groundbreakiong research; then let’s implement it!    WARNING: the White House will have to stand up to the likes of Monsanto, Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, and all the other companies with legions of lobbyists who are opposed to seeing their paychecks get smaller”

3. Viola Ransel says:

“I would like to see programs implemented that give people sovereignty over their food as opposed to having its production controlled by transnational corporations.  How can we accomplish that?”

Part 1: Dave Andrews (USA), Dave Johnstone (Cameroon), & Pierre Castagnoli (Italy)
Part 2
: Paul Sinandja (Togo), Dov Pasternak (Niger), & Pascal Pulvery (France)
Part 3
Christine McCulloch (UK), Hans R Herren (USA), & Amadou Niang.
Part 4
: Michel Koos (Netherlands), Don Seville (USA), & Ron Gretlarson
Part 5
Shahul Salim, Roger Leakey (Kenya), & Monty P Jones (Ghana)
Part 6
: Calestous Juma (USA), Ray Anderson (USA), & Rob Munro (Zambia)
Part 7
: Tom Philpott (USA), Grace Mwaura, & Thangavelu Vasantha Kumaran
Part 8
: Peter Mietzner (Namibia), Madyo Couto (Mozambique), & Norman Thomas Uphoff (USA)
Part 9
: Tilahun Amede (Ethiopia), Shree kumar Maharjan (Nepal), & Ashwani Vasishth (USA)
Part 10Mary Shawa (Malawi), Wayne S. Teel (USA), & Bell Okello (Kenya)
Part 11
: Mark Wells (South Africa), Pashupati Chaudhary (USA), & Megan Putnam (Ghana)
Part 12
: David Wallinga (USA), Ysabel Vicente, & Esperance Zossou (Benin)
Part 13
: Susi Basith (Indonesia), Diana Husic (USA), & Carolina Cardona (Togo)
Part 14
Rachel Friedman, Jennifer Geist (USA), & Lowden Stoole
Part 15
: Antonio Requejo, Alexandra Spieldoch (USA), & Daniele Giovannucci (USA)
Part 16
: Mary Njenga (Kenya), Mabel Toribio, & Makere Stewart-Harawira (Canada)Part 17: Dale Lewis (Zambia), Chris Ojiewo (Tanzania), & Molly Mattessich (USA)
Part 18
: Gregory Bowman (USA), Lucila Nunes de Vargas, and Caroline Smith
Part 19: Tesfom Solomon (Sweden), Sahr Lebbie (USA), Jenny Goldie (Austrialia)

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