Proposition 37 and the chemical/industrial agricultural complex

An article in our local newspaper a while back reported that a “renowned Chinese scientist” visited farms in our area in association with Harsco Metals and Minerals to observe the use of one of the company’s silicon-based fertilizers on the farms. The article notes that Harsco, based in eastern Pennsylvania, produces a number of “metallurgical products, electronic components, roofing materials, and agricultural supplements.” I don’t know about you, but something about this combination of products seems just a little bit unnatural to me.

I wish the Chinese scientist had visited Joel Salatin’s farm instead.

The United States continues to pursue a mechanical/chemical agricultural model with proven long term negative effects, and we are exporting our poisons, and our faulty methods of food production, to much of the developing world under the guise of “helping” them.

I wish there was a way to reach countries such as India, China, and some of the other developing nations and teach them and their governments, on a large scale, how to work with nature to improve yields and condition soil without the expense and risk of large quantities of deadly and damaging chemicals. Unfortunately, the “deadly six” (Monsanto, BASF, Dupont, Bayer, Dow, and Syngenta) control the vast majority of the money, seed, and agricultural communication (via advertising, influence peddling with governments, donations, etc.) in the world. To understand how misinformation is spread by these giant corporations, one need look no further than the recent juggernaut launched against proposition 37 in California.  According to California Watch

“Monsanto, a major manufacturer of genetically engineered seeds and the popular Roundup weed killer, is the top donor to the anti-Prop. 37 effort, with $8.1 million. Chemical company DuPont gave $5.4 million, according to MapLight… the campaign took in contributions from food giants like Kraft and PepsiCo, as well as Syngenta, which makes seeds and pesticides. Each has contributed about $2 million so far.

“They’ve been carpet-bombing the state with a million dollars a day in deceptive ads,” said Stacy Malkan, spokeswoman for the Prop. 37 campaign. “We haven’t been able to counter this stuff because they’re on the air every hour, sometimes four times an hour, on every station across the state.”

As we all know, Proposition 37 failed in California, and I think that’s unfortunate – for us, and for the rest of the world.


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