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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Consumer Federation of America’s National Food Policy Conference.’, food, nutrution on May 5, 2016| Leave a Comment »
‘Just how far is Big Food willing to go to silence dissenters and control the marketplace of ideas?
It was recently reported that investigative journalist Nina Teicholz was uninvited from a panel discussion to be held at the Consumer Federation of America’s National Food Policy Conference.’
| 11 May 2015 | Chris Christie’s expense account tells a story of appetite and ambition, one that pits government waste versus the New Jersey governor’s waistline. Christie spent $360,000 from his state allowance during his five years in office. More than 80 percent of that money, or $300,000, was used to buy food, alcohol and desserts, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of records released by the governor’s office…Christie’s most notable spending spree occurred during the 2010 and 2011 NFL football seasons at MetLife Stadium, where the New York’s Giants and Jets play their home games. On 58 occasions, Christie used a debit card to pay a total of $82,594 to Delaware North Sportservice, which operates the concessions at MetLife.
From our fields to our forks, huge corporations have an overwhelming amount of power over our food supply every step of the way. Right now there are more than 313 million people living in the United States, and the job of feeding all of those people is almost entirely in the hands of just a few dozen monolithic companies. If you do not like how our food is produced or you don’t believe that it is healthy enough, it isn’t very hard to figure out who is to blame. These mammoth corporations are not in business to look out for the best interests of the American people. Rather, the purpose of these corporations is to maximize wealth for their shareholders. So the American people end up eating billions of pounds of extremely unhealthy food that is loaded with chemicals and additives each year, and we just keep getting sicker and sicker as a society. But these big corporations are raking in big profits, so they don’t really care.
If we did actually have a capitalist system in this country, we would have a high level of competition in the food industry. But instead, the U.S. food industry has become increasingly concentrated with each passing year. Just consider the following numbers about the U.S. agricultural sector…
The U.S. agricultural sector suffers from abnormally high levels of concentration. Most economic sectors have concentration ratios around 40%, meaning that the top four firms in the industry control 40% of the market. If the concentration ratio is above 40%, experts believe competition can be threatened and market abuses are more likely to occur: the higher the number, the bigger the threat.
The concentration ratios in the agricultural sector are shocking.
-Four companies own 83.5% of the beef market.
-The top four firms own 66% of the hog industry.
-The top four firms control 58.5% of the broiler chicken industry.
-In the seed industry, four companies control 50% of the proprietary seed market and 43% of the commercial seed market worldwide.
-When it comes to genetically engineered (GE) crops, just one company, Monsanto, boasts control of over 85% of U.S. corn acreage and 91% of U.S. soybean acreage.
When so much power is concentrated in so few hands, it creates some tremendous dangers.
And many of these giant corporations (such as Monsanto) are extremely ruthless. Small farmers all over America are being wiped out and forced out of the business by the predatory business practices of these huge companies…
Because farmers rely on both buyers and sellers for their business, concentrated markets squeeze them at both ends. Sellers with high market power can inflate the prices of machinery, seeds, fertilizers and other goods that farmers need for their farms, while powerful buyers, such as processors, suppress the prices farmers are paid. The razor-thin profit margins on which farmers are forced to operate often push them to “get big or get out”—expanding into mega-operations or exiting the business altogether.
Of course the control that big corporations have over our food supply does not end at the farms.
The distribution of our food is also very highly concentrated. The graphic shared below was created by Oxfam International, and it shows how just 10 gigantic corporations control almost everything that we buy at the grocery store…
And these food distributors are often not very good citizens either.
For example, it was recently reported that Nestle is running a massive bottled water operation on a drought-stricken Indian reservation in California…
Among the windmills and creosote bushes of San Gorgonio Pass, a nondescript beige building stands flanked by water tanks. A sign at the entrance displays the logo of Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water, with water flowing from a snowy mountain. Semi-trucks rumble in and out through the gates, carrying load after load of bottled water.
The plant, located on the Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ reservation, has been drawing water from wells alongside a spring in Millard Canyon for more than a decade. But as California’s drought deepens, some people in the area question how much water the plant is bottling and whether it’s right to sell water for profit in a desert region where springs are rare and underground aquifers have been declining.
Nestle doesn’t stop to ask whether it is right or wrong to bottle water in the middle of the worst drought in the recorded history of the state of California.
They have the legal right to do it and they are making large profits doing it, and so they are just going to keep on doing it.
Perhaps you are thinking that you can avoid all of these corporations by eating organic and by shopping at natural food stores.
Well, it isn’t necessarily that easy.
According to author Wenonah Hauter, the “health food industry” is also extremely concentrated…
Over the past 20 years, Whole Foods Market has acquired its competition, including Wellspring Grocery, Bread of Life, Bread & Circus, Food for Thought, Fresh Fields, Wild Oats Markets and others. Today the chain dominates the market because it has no national competitor. Over the past five years its gross sales have increased by half (47 percent) to $11.7 billion, and its net profit quadrupled to $465.6 million. One of the ways it has achieved this profitability is by selling conventional foods under the false illusion that they are better than products sold at a regular grocery store. Consumers falsely conclude that these products have been screened and are better, and they are willing to pay a higher price.
The distribution of organic foods is also extremely concentrated. A little-known company, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) now controls the distribution of organic and natural products. Publically traded, the company has a contract with Whole Foods and it is the major source of these products for the remaining independent natural food stores. This relationship has resulted in increasingly high prices for these foods. Small manufacturers are dependent on contracts with UNFI to get their products to market and conversely, small retailers often have to pay a premium price for products because of their dependence on this major distributor. Over the past five years, UNFI’s net sales increased by more than half (55.6 percent) $5.2. billion. Its net profit margin increased by 88 percent to $91 million.
Everywhere you look, the corporations are in control.
And this is especially true when you look at big food retailers such as Wal-Mart.
Right now, grocery sales account for about half of all business at Wal-Mart, and approximately one out of every three dollars spent on groceries in the United States is spent at Wal-Mart.
That is absolutely astounding, and it obviously gives Wal-Mart an immense amount of power.
In fact, if you can believe it, Wal-Mart actually purchases a billion pounds of beef every single year.
So the next time someone asks you where the beef is, you can tell them that it is at Wal-Mart.
On the restaurant side, the ten largest fast food corporations account for 47 percent of all fast food sales, and the love affair that Americans have with fast food does not appear to be in danger of ending any time soon.
Personally, if you do not like how these corporate giants are behaving, you can always complain.
But you are just one person among 313 million, and most of these big corporations are not going to consider the ramblings of one person to be of any significance whatsoever.
Collectively, however, we have great power. And the way that we are going to get these big corporations to change is by voting with our wallets.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of Americans seem quite satisfied with the status quo. So the population as a whole is likely going to continue to get sicker, fatter and less healthy with each passing year, and the big food corporations are going to keep becoming even more powerful.
↑ Japanese government’s budget on food export is rapidly increasing since 2012.
Japanese government budgets 22 billion yen to increase Japanese food export for fiscal 2014, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Japanese government aims to double the food export by 2020. They are investing to promote food from and made in Japan collaborating with “Cool Japan”.
The budget includes the exhibition cost of 1.1 billion yen for EXPO Milan.
From the research of Fukushima Diary, this budget to increase Japanese food export has been skyrocketing since 2012 (The graph above).
In order to “restore” the credibility and “brand” of Japanese food damaged by Fukushima accident, the government of Japan budgeted 1.5 billion yen in 2012. It jumped up to 11 billion yen in 2013.
By 2014, it’s already increased by 14 times since 2012.
Despite proclamations that the “economy is improving” and that “unemployment is down,” one thing is evident and that is – for a number of reasons – food costs are soaring, and as they do, those most vulnerable, like the poor, the elderly and those earning the lowest wages, are being hurt the most.
“We are sure the weather is to blame but what happens when pent-up demand (from a frosty east coast emerging from its hibernation) bumps up against a drought-stricken west coast unable to plant to meet that demand? The spot price (not futures speculation-driven) of US Foodstuffs is the best performing asset in 2014 – up a staggering 19 percent,” notes Tyler Durden over at Zero Hedge.
In February, the site gave voice to a sort of prelude to the aforementioned scenario, in publishing a post by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog:
Did you know that the U.S. state that produces the most vegetables is going through the worst drought it has ever experienced and that the size of the total U.S. cattle herd is now the smallest that it has been since 1951? Just the other day, a CBS News article boldly declared that “food prices soar as incomes stand still,” but the truth is that this is only just the beginning. If the drought that has been devastating farmers and ranchers out west continues, we are going to see prices for meat, fruits and vegetables soar into the stratosphere.
Sure, prices are up because California’s drought is limiting supply. Some have even said that commodities prices are being pushed upward by speculators on Wall Street; that may be happening to an extent.
But there are a number of other factors that the government doesn’t report as having much of an effect at all on food prices (and remember, the government doesn’t include “volatile” food and energy prices in its monthly inflation reports).
Speaking of energy, the price of a gallon of fuel, especially diesel fuel, has a lot to do with the prices you pay at the grocery store. Historically, food supplies were more much more local; transportation costs, therefore, were much reduced (and that was during the era of much cheaper fuel). Not anymore; the impact on prices that California’s drought is having demonstrates how vast the U.S. food supply chain has become. With it has come higher transport costs.
Kimberly Amadeo, a U.S. Economy Guide at About.com notes:
Food prices rise in response to high gas prices. That’s because transportation is a large cost of food you buy at the store. When you notice prices at the pump rising, expect to see the same thing happen in about six weeks at the grocery store. High gas prices are, themselves, usually caused by high oil prices. Here again, it usually takes about six weeks for increases in oil futures to translate to the pump.
Posted in economics, government, law, tagged Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, food, Food bank, Food Bank for New York City, Neil Cavuto, New York City, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, United States on October 30, 2013| 1 Comment »
‘The CEO of the largest food bank in America has suggested that planned cuts in food stamp benefits set to take effect on Friday could spark riots.
Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, told Salon.com that the expiration of stimulus funds, which will see the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reduced by $5 billion dollars, will have an “immediate impact” and represent a recipe for civil unrest.
“If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food,” said Purvis, adding that families face the “daunting” prospect of losing a whole week’s worth of food every month.’
he nationwide cut will take 76 million meals off the table of poverty-stricken New Yorkers alone, equating to about 16 meals a month for a family of three. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has labeled the cut to the SNAP program “unprecedented” in “depth and breadth.”
As we previously highlighted, even the mainstream media is invoking the threat of riots that could ensue as a result of the food stamp cut, with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto linking the issue to the Department of Homeland Security’s recent $80 million dollar outlay on armed guards to protect government buildings in upstate New York.
“November 1st could be a very very iffy kind of a day….this could be all hell breaks loose day,” warned Cavuto.
His concerns are not without foundation given that a glitch in the system which temporarily halted EBT purchases for just a few hours earlier this month led to looting and mini-riots at several Walmart stores.
Reacting to the downtime, food stamp recipients warned that if the glitch was to re-occur it would lead to Rodney King-style riots, a reference to the 1992 L.A. riots which resulted in 53 deaths, 2,000 injuries and over $1 billion dollars in property damages.
In the annals of food cures, one whole grain rises to the top of the pile. Its name is quinoa, and here, in the final part of this short series, are three more compelling reasons why nutrition experts consider it a “superfood.” Read part one of this series for the first four common health problems solved by quinoa.
1. Quinoa vs. Heart Disease
Eating quinoa five or six times a week is an excellent way for older adults who might be at higher risk of heart disease because of elevated cholesterol or high blood pressure. One good study found postmenopausal women with heart disease were able to cut down the buildup of plaque in their arteries and stop their arteries from narrowing so quickly. Thus, quinoa could free up your arteries and help your heart function.
2. Quinoa vs. Migraines
Want to slash the pain of migraines by helping prevent them from striking? Add quinoa to your diet. Inside the nutritious shell of quinoa is a heaping pile of magnesium, which works inside your body to minimize the risks for a migraine. For example, it relaxes the blood vessels leading to your brain, and stops them from constricting during a migraine attack. Studies have proven that getting more magnesium in one’s diet could reduce the frequency of migraines. One such study had 80 patients take placebo or 600 mg of magnesium a day for three months. With other studies backing up the results, this study found that magnesium significantly reduced the amount of migraines—by 40%. Also, the vitamin B2 in quinoa could help prevent migraines by improving the way energy is used and created within the cells of the brain and muscle.
3. Quinoa vs. High Blood Pressure
That blood vessel relaxation we just mentioned, due to magnesium’s great presence in quinoa, helps people lower the pressure inside blood vessels. So, for anyone with hypertension, or perhaps prehypertension, eating quinoa on a regular basis could lower blood pressure a little bit all by itself, and also reduce your risk of ischemic heart disease and heart arrhythmias. This, combined with the first item in this list, makes quinoa a major league whole grain for your circulatory system.
4. Quinoa vs. Gallstones
Painful stones that build up in the gallbladder can be prevented by eating such high-fiber foods as quinoa. In one telling study, gastroenterological experts studied the fiber intake of 70,000 women over 16 years. They found that those who ate fiber-rich whole grains had a 13% lower risk of developing gallstones. Those who ate the most fiber had a 17% lower risk than those who ate the least.
Quinoa helps prevent the stones because its insoluble fiber allows for healthy digestion and quicker movement of food through the intestines, but most of all because it reduces the amount of bile acids that are secreted.
5. Quinoa vs. Type 2 Diabetes
Quinoa is very high in magnesium, a mineral that runs part of the show in your body’s insulin secretion and glucose production. Eating quinoa will reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, a condition that has gone through the roof over the past 20 years. One study lasted eight years, and included more than 41,000 women. It helped confirm that eating foods with higher levels of both magnesium and calcium was associated with less likelihood of type 2 diabetes.
Women who ate whole grains high in magnesium were 31% less likely to get the condition than those who ate the lowest amount of magnesium-rich foods. All by themselves, whole grains such as quinoa led to a 20% reduced risk. Quinoa has a special role here, potentially shielding you from a difficult disease.
6. Quinoa vs. Osteoporosis
Quinoa is one food that you can stock up on and eat, worry-free. Check out some recipes; it is being used more and more in delicious ways.
Victor Marchione, MD received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973 and his Medical Degree from the University of Messina in 1981. He has been licensed and practicing medicine in New York and New Jersey for over 20 years. Dr. Marchione is a respected leader in the field of smoking cessation and pulmonary medicine. He has been featured on ABC News and World Report, CBS Evening News and the NBC Today Show and is the editor of the popular The Food Doctor newsletter. Dr. Marchione has also served as Principal Investigator in at least a dozen clinical research projects relating to serious ailments such as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Posted in education, enviroment, foreign policy, health, science, technology, tagged agriculture, business, economy, Fertilizer, food, government, health, Masanobu Fukuoka, MONSANTO, Organic farming, Organic food, Pest, politics, Sustainable agriculture on October 14, 2013| Leave a Comment »
The following information I picked up while doing some research for an institution I wish to work for. As some of the material I found, lead to the BT enriched corn, I wanted to know what “BT” stands for and what dangers may lie in eating pests themselves (as in the reality jungle shows, someone is usually chewing on some insect-like creatures for survival). What I discovered did baffle me and I believe it may interest some others, who are interested in selecting foods for survival on a day-to-day basis. As the excerpt came out of a business platform, I did leave the name of its founder and some of the history:
Gerd Pierer, born in 1939, was one of the first organic farmers in “Südsteiermarkt”. His mission in life is to gather the best food resources of the world and market this back to its people. With his company, Naturgarten GmbH, he has done exactly this for the last 35 years.
As an organic farmer Gerd realized what makes a plant, but also what makes people and animals sick and how health can be restored again. We know that in every single cell all life exists and through cell division may evolve a flower, an animal or a human.
Gerd discovered that diseases always break out when nutrients are lacking and that diseases will disappear, when an organism gets all the nutrients required at its disposal. This experience motivated him to go out and search for the most nutritious food this world has to offer.
Explanation in detail:
1 Left 4 O body cells are shown, surrounded by nutrients that are in the tissue. Nutrients come from our daily food. In the picture above, a diseased cell Җ is shown. Suppose that there is a cancer cell, these and other sick and already dead cells are removed with the help of our immune system in the body.
2 One of the three neighboring cells shown here divides Ѽ and takes the place of that cell that was removed. If the body at time of cell division, does not have all the nutrients available, a new cell is formed, which soon will have to be renewed again. This process is called AGING, because with each new formation of cells in the body, a tiny AGE-JUMP is made.
3 In this example, a healthy cell has taken the place of a sick cell. In this way cancer is excreted from the body and no AGE_JUMP need take place.
People make about 50,000 new cells in their bodies every second. In the course of little more than a year, our body is almost completely renewed.
Note: Only healthy cells can be divided. Single cells that lack certain nutrients will need to be replaced. With each new cell division, a tiny boost of AGING is connected. If we always eat from healthy food resources, including species-specific natural nutrients, we can look with 70 years of age, as someone who is about 50 years of age. This is in our experience a natural way of life that can give you a more youthful appearance. On the other hand, if we do not pay attention to the nutrients in our diet, we can appear to look at the age of 50 years, as if we were already 70 years old.
The use of artificial fertilizer for non-organic farmers is responsible for a large lack of natural nutrients and ensures that fruits, grains and vegetables remain sick. We recognize the fact that they are plagued by pests. Hardly a non-organic farmer knows that only diseased plants are attacked by pests because pests cannot see healthy plants.
If pests are eliminated with chemical bombs, diseased plants do not become health ones. Pests are killed and diseased plants attract new generations of pests. This happens because diseased plants emit a faint ultraviolet aura and healthy plant a transparent bright light. Pests can see only the diseased plant’s aura, not the aura of healthy plants; therefore, they (the pests) cannot perceive this as a feed. Fertilizer is prohibited and frowned upon in the organic farming business. The few diseased plants in the realm of organic farming will be destroyed by the pests. Thank goodness for these pests! The failure of the organic farmer’s pest infestation is very low (1-3 %). As a result, in organic farming completely healthy plants are grown-upon nutrient-rich soils.
The non-organic farmer has repeatedly been chemically spraying in some areas 40 – 50 times in a single year. This is done so he can sell the diseased plants at the big stores, where they are offered always cheaper than non-organic products.
Hardly anyone knows that agriculture uses fertilizers, which produces diseased plants and that opens the consumption of such cheap products. Because of the lack of nutrients this development encourages, various diseases in humans and animals become unavoidable. This negative effect increases as chemical toxins (YIN) are not completely washed out, but get pulled towards the inside, attaching themselves to the core (YANG). YIN attracts YANG, YANG attracts YIN. Exactly how dangerous this business practice is for the country and humanity at large can be realized by the fact that only 1 % of the applied chemical actually kills the pests, but 99 % remain in the soil and subsequently wander into our groundwater.
Gerhard Pierer started organic farming more than 35 years ago, during his stay at the oldest organic farm in the world: Masanobu Fukuoka in Japan. When he returned he wished to establish the agricultural cultivation of Austria products without the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides, but rather the growing of purely natural healthy plants, which contain the highest nutrients possible for a long and healthy life. This desire led to the opening of one of the oldest organic farms in Südsteiermarkt.
It is of utmost importance, how many different varieties of nutrients and how much of each nutrient is contained in your daily food. Diseases and sickness can continue only if our meals lack the essential nutrients, the cells of our body need to be fully functional to serve our body in the best way possible. Therefore always eat as variously and diversely as possible and only eat organically grown plants, or plants grown from your own garden, without the use of artificial fertilizers. Only in this way will you get the full spectrum of natural nutrients, which assures you good health into a very old age. Plus, the fringe benefit of working with nature.
The U.S. food industry is notorious for poisoning the very consumers who drive their multi-billion dollar enterprise, even spending millions against their right to informed consent (truthful GMO labeling). So, is it any wonder that this deregulated and increasingly deranged juggernaut is experimenting on its own customer base by exposing them to trillions of toxic nanoparticles?
A new study published in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy titled, “Effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in human gastric epithelial cells in vitro,” reveals for the first time that the nanoparticle form of the common “whitening” agent known as titanium dioxide is capable of inducing “tumor-like” changes in exposed human cells.
Whereas previous cell research has established that titanium dioxide (TiO2) is cytotoxic (cell damaging), this is the first study of its kind to find exposed cells undergo a ‘phenotypal’ transition from normal to cancerous cell traits, including an increased rate of cell proliferation and a decrease in programmed cell death – hallmark features of precancerous and/or cancerous cells associated with ‘immortalization.’
Owing to the fact that the researchers tested human gastric epithelial cells, a type of stomach cell in direct contact with material we eat, and considering the broad range of drug, personal care and food products nanoparticle TiO2 is commonly used within, the toxicological implications of these findings are deeply concerning.
TiO2 is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium, and has a wide range of industrial applications as a “whitening” pigment in plastics, ceramic glazes and paints. It is used in sunscreens as a UV absorbing “sun protection factor,” due to its high refractive index. Most of our risk of exposure comes from its use in toothpaste, drugs and excipient-heavy supplements as a pill coating, and food products, including even milk (to ‘improve’ appearance and texture).
Indeed, given that TiO2 is found in thousands of consumer products, the odds are that you are already being exposed to a significant quantity of them on a daily basis. As reported by Everydayhealth.com, “You ingest around 100 trillion nanoparticles every day, researchers at Binghamton University and Cornell University say.”
So, what are some common brands who use it? Nanotitanium is found in products produced by Jello, Nestlé, M&M’s, Mother’s, Mentos, Albertson’s, Hostess and Kool Aid.
The following is an interview Beverly Bell conducted with Marjorie Valcelat, an assembly work who ran an embroidery machine in a factory from 2005 to 2008. She says the experience made her so sick and weak that she’s not felt able to work since then.
I had three children I had to take care of; their father had left. And since I hadn’t had enough schooling, I didn’t have the skills to do much. So I said to myself, “I’m going to work at a factory.” When I got there, they showed me how to run the machines to embroider slips and nightshirts. I spent a month training, but during that time they didn’t pay me; I had to pay them for the training.
If I had met the quota, every two weeks I would have made 1,250 gourdes [US$30.00]. Yep, that’s it. But I couldn’t meet the quota, because embroidery wasn’t my specialty. I did what I could. Sometimes they paid me 500 gourdes [US$12.50], sometimes 400 gourdes [US $9.50], every two weeks. I needed to support my family and I couldn’t survive.
Then when the machine broke and I called the mechanics to fix the machine – you put a red cloth on the machine so they’d know it’s broken – they wouldn’t come because I was so scrawny. The big women, the ones with the fat bottoms that they can feel up, the mechanics would go fix their machines. I had been in good shape, big, but the machine and those lights were sucking me dry. So I could never get the machine fixed [so I could keep embroidering] and that put me even more under quota.
It was such misery. And then, I had to travel from far away. There were times when I had to get on the road at 4:00 in the morning, but there’d be traffic jams and I still couldn’t arrive on time. At 6:00, they would close the entrance gates. That would mean that I got all the way there, but then I had to turn around and break my back to return home, and they never paid me. And I’d still have to pay the two bus fares, 20 gourdes [47 cents], and where was I supposed to get that money? Sometimes I had to borrow money just to get to work.
You didn’t even have time to eat. They’d let you out at 11:00, and then they’d ring the bell before 11:30. You had to return. There were people who’d throw out the rest of their food because they didn’t have enough time to eat. Sometimes the vendors near the plant would run out of food, and you’d have to spend a lot of time trying to find food [further away]. If you got back after 11:30 to find the gates closed, you lost the whole day.
And then oftentimes, because you had to move so fast, the needle would break inside your finger. One person I knew, the needle sewed through her finger and to this day, she still can’t use it.
I thought I would do better over time, but I got worse because my muscles got too weak. The last time I was paid, I got 190 gourdes [US$4.52] for two weeks. I had just gone [to the factory] so the children could go to school and their life could be better than mine. I said to myself, “Well, I don’t need to come here any more. I’d best quit this.”
When I left the factory, I was so angry that when I passed the woman who’d cooked the food I had bought for lunch, I just gave her all the money and went on my way.
Me, if I had a message I could send to the higher-ups: there will always be factories, because they’ve always existed, crushing the poor. I don’t speak for other people, and some people will still go work in the factories. But Mrs. Bill Clinton will never see me working there. [As Secretary of State, she promoted the expansion of the export assembly industry.] I will never go to whatever factory Mrs. Clinton opened.
We need another model, we do. I could understand if [the US government] came to Haiti and wanted to build schools, because so many schools were destroyed and a lot of children are in the streets. If [they] worked alongside people like this, reconstructing schools, building some health centers, well, that would be better than a factory.
Mrs. Clinton can have her factories. Me and my children, we’ll take the health centers.
Beverly Bell is the author of the new book “Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s Divide.” Many thanks to Lynn Selby for translating Marjorie Valcelat’s interview. This interview was originally published on otherworldsarepossible.org.
‘Today, Native communities throughout the US are reclaiming and reviving land, water, seeds and traditional food and farming practices, thereby putting the culture back in agriculture and agriculture back in local hands.
“At one point ‘agriculture’ was about the culture of food. Losing that culture, in favor of an American cultural monocrop, joined with an agricultural monocrop, puts us in a perilous state…” says food and Native activist Winona LaDuke.
Her lament is an agribusiness executive’s dream. The CEO of the H.J. Heinz Company said, “Once television is there, people, whatever shade, culture, or origin, want roughly the same things.” The same things are based on the same technology, same media sources, same global economy, and same food.’
read here: 7 Foods To Stop Consuming Today
If just one quarter of developed nations would stop consuming the following seven foods, the incidence of obesity and preventable disease would drop more than 50 percent. These foods are toxic to the body, offer no nutritional value and create systemic inflammation making their consumption precursors to auto-immune and other diseases.
Nature has bestowed us with everything that will help us lead a life free of diseases and disorders- one such thing is grapefruit seed extract. Grapefruit seed extract or GSE has many medicinal properties that have been proven very beneficial in fighting various infections, viruses, and harmful germs. GSE is useful not only to humans, but it also treats many pet diseases and infections.