It’s Time to Abandon the Chemical-Industrial Agriculture System

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When I was in school, I remember learning about farming and crop rotation. Growing up for a time in Oklahoma City, the local 4H club was very active, and many children in my junior high school in California specialized in horticulture. Sadly, in my lifetime, the agriculture has been industrialized, and the control of the world’s food supply is now being sought by a handful of U.S. based corporations. Companies like Monsanto and Bayer, who manufacture pesticides, have contributed to the conversion of farming into an industrial enterprise, which is measured by its profitability rather than safety to the environment and the consumer.

In fact, agriculture uses more of the world’s water than any other utility, and the monoculture of non-nutritious products such as soy and corn used as the base for all processed foods have resulted in mass deforestation of essential oxygen producing natural habitats, extinction of species essential to the survival of the biosphere, and the destruction of biodiversity.

The irresponsible and unsustainable practice of chemo-industrial agriculture not only will result in an estimated one of every two children developing autism in the United States according to Dr. Stephanie Seneff from MIT, countless cancers, obesity and diabetes, it also will result in the same companies who are poisoning us controlling the world’s food supply. Already the overuse of pesticides threatens to destroy essential pollinators, such as bees, which will not only deprive us of a rich variety of foods we love, but also cause over a billion dollars of business to disappear. The agro-industrial giants don’t care about this, because they depend on selling you products made from wheat, corn and soy, which will continue despite the demise of the bees. I recently read an article which posed the question, “Even if genetically engineered foods were proven safe (which they are not) and increased agricultural yields (which they do not), did not harm the environment and reduce biodiversity and human health (which they do,) would it still be good idea to support them?

The answer is no, because to support genetically engineered foods is to allow the giant chemical companies to complete their monopoly and increase their chokehold on the world’s food supply. Just as I learned that crop rotation was essential to maintaining the strength of crops, so is biodiversity. There are already too few varieties of plant life produced in commercial agriculture. The switch to Roundup Ready type crops would contaminate the already weakened biodiversity with one type of seed that farmers would be forced to buy.

Already in India, over 270,000 farmers have committed suicide since the 90’s because of the corporate takeover of agriculture, which has stifled their ability to support their families. This sad trend will only continue, at the expense of the environment, unless the people take back their destiny from the United States military industrial complex. The same complex is attempting to take a stronghold in Africa, where free GMO corn seed is given out to try to hook farmers into being forced lifetime customers. In South America, indigenous farmers are being forced from their lands by agro-industrial giants.

What can we do as individuals to change this dangerous destiny? Buy organic, grow your own vegetables, and stop supporting industrialized agriculture. If we each make a small responsible step in this direction, we can help to improve our own health, while at the same time, helping to stop the runaway train that will spell the certain destruction of our environment.

Kenneth Eade is an attorney, environmentalist, and author of An Involuntary Spy, the first “GMO Thriller,” which can be purchasedhere.

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