Dupont, Monsanto, and Obama Versus the World’s Family Farmers

By Organic Consumers Assn.

The Obama administration has indicated a shift in US development policy from “food aid” (dumping our excess production overseas) with “food security” (improving food production in foreign countries). This would be great for world’s family farmers if Obama’s plan were to ensure their access to clean water, arable land and diverse, locally adapted plants and animals. Unfortunately, President Obama seems set on replacing the bags of wheat, rice and corn with bags of pesticides, fertilizers and genetically engineered seeds.

Most of the world’s food is not produced on industrial mega-farms. 1.5 billion family farmers produce 75 percent of the world’s food.

The hunger problem is not caused by low yields. The world has 6 billion people and produces enough food for 9 billion people.

There are now 1.02 billion hungry people in the world (nearly 50 million in the US). At the same time, there are 1 billion people who are overweight, many of whom are obese and suffer from diet-related diseases that can be as deadly as starvation. Hunger and obesity are not the result of low yields, they stem from the overproduction of toxic junk food, the scarcity of healthy organic food, and injustice in the way farmland and food are distributed.

While many of the world’s leaders discussed the food crisis at a UN Food Summit in Rome (November 13-17, 2009), farmers, who were not part of the official delegations, took part in demonstrations outside the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters and met at an alternative forum, People’s Food Sovereignty Now! The 642 participants (more than half women) from 93 countries represent the more than 1.5 billion family farmers who produce 75 per cent of the world’s food. Here’s what they had to say:

Read full post at Organic Consumers Assn.

14 responses to “Dupont, Monsanto, and Obama Versus the World’s Family Farmers

  1. Wow , i didnt know that before, thanks

  2. Very good article. Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately, government (tax payer) support for Monsanto, ADM, Dupont, etc is one area that remains completely bipartisan.

  3. Anne,
    Far from the most unfortunate aspect of this article is the “partisan status” of this. It doesn’t matter that it’s a bipartisan issue, just like all of the issues. All politicians, even the messiah Obama, are corrupt from day 1 and THAT is the unfortunate part.

    We the people NO LONGER CHEER FOR ANY POLITICIAN! Whether they have an R or a D or an I – stop cheering for the enemy. This is what attracts people to the Tea PArty but I warn you – don’t cheer for whoever they pick either!!! One term and out – no matter how much good they seem to be doing. Break the chain of power that ends up around all of our necks.

    • We Ain’t Got Time To Bleed. It’s Time for the Revolution.

      “You control our world. You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. You’ve stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic rights as human beings. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame. We are hit…we are bleeding…but we ain’t got time to bleed. We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution! ”
      -Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, April 12, 2011


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  12. im just shocked at how aggressive the lobby of these food companies in. actually before 1940s even US farms had so mush local diversity in crops and had cattle poultry growing freely and meat was a rare delicacy. now its all subsidized corn grown on petrol, very bad conditions for animals and frankenstein foods. the US courts go against freedom of speech when it is threatened by big food and pharma companies.

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