The Food and Farm Fight is Just Beginning

Well, lots of corporate cash and obliging media mouthpieces managed to once more show us what money can buy. No labeling genetically modified foods in California. Yet. But the handwriting is on the wall.

California’s Proposition 37, a wildly popular voters initiative to label foods containing GMOs scooped up a million signatures, 10,000 volunteers and $8 million in donations from 3,000 groups, individuals and organizations. But in the last two months voters were media-blitzed by $46 million in advertising flowing from the coffers of Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical, Pepsi, Coke and other Big Food and chemical giants–the largest pesticide and junk food manufacturers in the world.

The more gullible supporters were scared to death by dire warnings of soaring food prices, lawsuits, bankruptcy, starvation and other horrors. They turned, many of them reluctantly.

The better informed voters held firm. Very firm. They knew the blitz was reeking of half-truths, twisted logic, downright deception, lies, more lies, and damn lies.

Therefore, the Big Money won by a mere 6 percent and the limelight shined in all its blazing glory, exposing the dark side of Big Ag and Big Pharma to the nation and the world (where 61 countries already have labeling and some ban GMOs altogether). It makes you wonder if the U.S. is backward or ‘bought.’ Or both.

As the January 2013 issue of AcresUSA noted: “Prop 37 may indeed symbolize the ‘beginning of the end’ for agricultural biotechnology and industrial food and farming, a profoundly unhealthy, unsustainable, climate-disrupting system that has dominated American agriculture for the last 60 years. The real story is this: Prop 37 has created an unstoppable movement…”

Indications abound of increasing numbers of people wanting the vitamin and mineral-rich soil and fresh and local food enjoyed by their ancestors. These indications are mostly quiet and unpublicized, but they are there, ongoing and growing. A wealth of information is available on the still free Internet and a few publications such as AcresUSA (also available at www.acresusa.com).

Dedicated family farmers are growing good soil on their formerly conventional two or three hundred acres, sometimes at great sacrifice. Big Ag and their GMOs dominate land and non-reproducing seeds. As we have mentioned before, the U.S. has the most mineral-depleted soil in the world, thanks to continuous monoculture factory farming with ever-increasing amounts of pesticides. The last two decades of this kind of crop production has resulted in super weeds and super bugs never before heard of, and gene-jumping species contaminating heirloom crops.

Good soil, of course, produces good food. Sterile soil propped up by chemical substances produces food deficient in vitamins and minerals essential to human health. It’s no coincidence that so many Americans are obese, unhealthy and dependent on Big Pharma.

New farmers are buying into the food revolution and growing good soil and organic food on their acre, or two acres, or ten. They are seeking out long lost heirloom and open-pollinated varieties of seeds and growing, sharing, trading and selling them. Seed companies and retail outlets once restricted to patented, non-reproducing (hybrid) seeds from Big Ag are now handling organic, non-hybrids.

Seed-saving non-hybrids is IN. People are beginning to realize that there’s something criminal, or at least immoral at forcing farmers to buy all their ‘engineered’ seeds new each year.

Other indications of a food revolution are the growing numbers of urban community gardens. They are popping up in both poor and wealthy neighborhoods. People are converting lawns and swimming pools to food and herb production–and fighting with city fathers who prefer lawns to food (the code says so).

Hundreds of new farmers markets with local dried, canned and fresh food spring up every year in the cities and rural areas across the nation. Trend-setting restaurants specialize in dishes featuring local and organic food. There are even mobile grocery stores carrying fresh, inexpensive produce to the poorest of the poor neighborhoods, and educating residents on the health-sustaining value of real food.

Yes, Prop 37 was defeated. But cutting-edge revolutions are nearly always defeated.

In the beginning.

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