Jerry Lee

Jerry Lee

Posted on 04/22/2008


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Re-Planting of Rice

Re-Planting of Rice
Multi-national Food Corporations
... if you imagine a sort of hourglass, at the top there are the millions of farmers who grow the food that we eat, and at the bottom there are billions of us consumers, and in the middle there are just a handful of corporations that mediate between the people who grow our food and us. And those corporations, in many cases -- it's usually four corporations controlling more than 50 percent of the market. I mean, in tea, for example, one company, Unilever, controls 90 percent of the market.

Now, when you're in that position of market power, you're able to do a great deal. First, you're able to drive prices down for farmers. And of course the irony there is that farmers and farm workers are the poorest people on the planet. So you're paying the poorest people on the planet the least. And then you're processing the food so that what we end up with is food that is rich in salts and fats and sugars, food that tends to make us want to buy more, food that makes us obese. And that's why you're having a situation where there are six billion people in the world, a billion of whom are now overweight.

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Courambel
Courambel
small loophole left to reverse the trend, no mistake allowed now
8 years ago.
Jerry Lee
Jerry Lee has replied
Thank you Courambel,

due to the mad rush to increase agricultural yeilds - "we" are also throwing out organic natural farming for the mass factory style again .... this degrades the environment further for food production AND the new increases is going to make more rogue profits for the commodity traders ..... the root of the problem becomes a moral one

Is it moral to reap un-reasonably high profits from the future trading of "staple diet" commodities?
Is it not a form of endorsed "mass murder" for profits

this is not a East & West thing, not rice against wheat, this is war between Rich and the Poor
8 years ago.
alsalam
alsalam
Hello Jerry Lee, I'm an admin of the group Alimentary. It would be great if you would add this doc to our group. Thank you!
8 years ago.
Jerry Lee
Jerry Lee
Thank you
8 years ago.