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Slow Food Nation: The World Food Crisis

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Plato.179 Avatar
Plato.179
Posted: 05.01.11, 04:30 AM
Great conference! To say it bluntly, corporations like Monsanto are only interested in their development of technologies that increase their hold on the means of production which will guarantee their profits. Until we tackle this issue of government regulation that requires a corporation to guarantee profits to their shareholders(an idealization ). Any other social focus such as world hunger will be slow progress or set aside until profit goals are fulfilled for the cycle.
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Loren
Posted: 05.06.10, 05:05 PM
Eric deCarbonnel has written and talked about the coming food crisis. I have been growing a lot of my own food for the past 8 + years. I'm expanding my gardens and greenhouses as I expect to have family and friends who are not prepared for what is coming. As far as GM food crops are concerned, I've read a bit about these in various science journals. There has been precious little study done on the safety of these altered DNA crops. Almost no unbiased studies have been done. I'm reminded of a study by the Heshey's Chocolate Co. saying that chocolate doesn't cause acne. Maybe not. but I don't trust the study. Europe has a much more highly educated populace than here in the USA. They overwhelmingly reject GM foods. If they are so safe, why not require them to be labeled on the packaging and on the store shelves? Freedom of choice in food is a basic human right. There are a number of interesting articles in the below link: http://urbangardenmagazine.com/category/gmos/
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ulrich.9@wright.edu
Posted: 03.16.09, 08:12 PM
According to Pimentel D. Environmental and economic costs of the application of pesticides primarily in the United States. Environment, Development and Sustainability. 2005;7:229–252; there are environment public health impacts from pesticides and fertilizers as they contaminate soils, groundwater, and streams.
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Posted: 09.10.08, 12:07 AM
The trade off between intense diverse production and extensive mono culture is a direct result of industrialization. Fewer tonnes of food off fewer acres grown by fewer farmers so the rest of the people could move to cities. I do not see that trend reversing itself, although there has been a recent revival in city gardens. Fertilizers and modern farming methods in north america do not degrade soils, if anything reduced tillage technology developed over the last 20 years has improved soil structure and tilth visibly in my fields. GMs are fine, not the final solution just yet. Our understanding of plant genetic engineering is far greater than the speakers suggest. Suggesting kindergarten knowledge is insulting. Organic farming is total silliness. END OF STORY. The Italian is spot on. The woman is a crackpot.
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