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When Big Ag Corporations Think for Us

Touch the Soil News #209

The agriculture media is saturated with warnings about demand for food outpacing the world’s capacity to raise food. This “fear” so to speak is being leveraged by large industrial agriculture enterprises to gain public support for practices that are unsustainable and exploiting people.

Food must be sustainable in order to sustain big populations (photo courtesy of Rakesh Krishna Kamur - Creative Commons 2.0)

What would you say to a food security plan that says sustainable production doesn’t work and we need to change focus? That focus being full bore ahead with chemical farming, soil compromising practices and GMO foods that collapse seed diversity and promote more chemicals as usual?

If you can’t sustain the soils, protect seed diversity and move away from toxic chemicals polluting the water, food and soils – what have you got? Do you have a plan to feed the world?

Recently, a much publicized report called the “Global Agricultural Productivity Report” has been circulating in the agricultural media. The report highlights the popular consensus about growing food insecurity – the challenge of being able to double global agricultural output in order to feed a projected population of almost 10 billion by 2050.

The report comes out with its final synthesis of the situation: Productivity in agriculture is not accelerating fast enough to meet the expected agricultural demand by 2050 through sustainable practices. This serves as a call to action to invest in proven strategies. …

Who in the world would step up to the plate with a call to action that says striving for sustainable is not working? Is something other than sustainable working? Are we parting company with reason and logic? Come to find out, the Global Agricultural Productivity Report is a project of a group called the Global Harvest Initiative. So who is the Global Harvest Initiative? The members are:

  1. Accenture – a global business consulting firm.
  2. DuPont – a global farm chemical company selling herbicides, pesticides and fungicides.
  3. Elanco – a global biotech firm selling animal drugs – the opposite of drug-free meat.
  4. Monsanto – a global GMO and chemical company that is now financially flailing.
  5. John Deere – a global industrial farm equipment company.


So if we can’t feed ourselves sustainably, are unsustainable practices going to feed the population in 2050?

Following is a short video clip on Global Food Security narrated by Matt Damon.

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