by AL Whitney (C) copyright 2010
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Update – Dec 10, 2010
In 2007 Time magazine ran an article describing the rapidly growing local food movement. A huge portion of the U.S. population was excited and enthusiastic about buying locally produced food, especially the organically grown fresh produce. The Farmer’s Markets in my area are still doing quite well as those that understand the shortcomings of industrial food (which includes GMO products) flock there once a week to stock up on ‘real’ food.
In 1998 author Michael Shuman published his book; Going Local: Creating Self-reliant Communities in a Global Age. I didn’t become aware of Mr Shuman until I heard him at a conference in 2005. All those who attended were very enthusiastic about the information and ideas Mr Shuman presented. Many bought his book. The idea of repairing/restoring our communities was very appealing. Pretty much the entire audience of 500 or so understood the ravages and damages that the ‘Big Box WalMart’ corporate presence had done to our area (Central Ohio). We were all ready to make a committment to ‘Going Local’ and still are.
Mr Shuman was not completely naive however, in his book he added this caution:
“What makes Going Local radical is neither anti-capitalist rhetoric (which it does not have), nor the immediate measures it proposes in themselves. What makes it radical is the underlying goal of shifting power from rootless corporations to people in communities. While the first localized reforms may seem to pose no threat to the system, if they develop into a popular movement and spread across the country, they will provoke heavy corporate resistance and, if the movement does not back down, a revolutionary crisis. At that point, peaceful coexistence between the corporate economy and the community economy will end and there will be a struggle over which form will prevail.”
This ‘struggle’ is what we now face . . . today. Actually this ‘struggle’ has been going on since the 30’s and escalated considerably in the 70’s-80’s. But most of those in the local food movement are unaware of the food-fight that has taken place in our country as those that control our worthless media have done a good job of concealing it from the general public.
The Goldschmidt Report: Land Reform and American Agriculture by Heather Gray
[In the post depression era] One division within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was central to this debate [unregulated capital] and it was the legendary and now defunct Bureau of Agricultural Economics (BAE).
In the 1940’s the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (BAE) wanted to study whether the 160-acre limitation should be applied to the growing California agricultural production sector. BAE wisely thought it best to engage in a scientific study of the issue.
[They hired anthropologist Walter Goldschmidt to study this important issue.]
“I initiated a study comparing the two towns of Arvin and Dinuba, one representing those communities dominated by large-scale enterprises and the other representing the towns where small family-sized operations were the rule.
The study showed unequivocally that the town surrounded by the small farms was far superior by every measure that I could devise.”
Efforts, principally by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and its corporate agribusiness allies, were made in the press, on the radio, and in Congress to discredit the study and the activities of the BAE, a long-time adversary of the AFBF.
[The study was essentially buried.]
The Banksters and the Farmers
Then in the 70’s the assault against the American farmer resumed and escalated to outright theft by the banksters with the assistance of the government (again). Pastor Lindsey Williams researched the banksters vs the farmers and made a video of his findings: Torn from the Land. While our worthless corporate media depicted the farmers difficulties (that inspired Willie Nelson to start Farm Aid) as their inability to ‘manage their money’, what REALLY happened is quite different indeed! The Federal Reserve bankers launched a coup against American farmers and stole as much property as they could get away with. And our corrupt ‘legal’ system was used to help them achieve their goals with impunity.
Michael Shuman’s predictions come to fruition . . . today!
When the 20 agents arrived bearing a search warrant at her Ventura County farmhouse door at 7 a.m. on a Wednesday a couple weeks back, Sharon Palmer didn’t know what to say. This was the third time she was being raided in 18 months, and she had thought she was on her way to resolving the problem over labeling of her goat cheese that prompted the other two raids. (In addition to producing goat’s milk, she raises cattle, pigs, and chickens, and makes the meat available via a CSA.)
What Michael did not tell his readers is what was exposed in both the Goldschmidt Report and by Pastor Lindsey Williams: the corporate agricultural ‘interests’ use government agencies (and regulations favorable to them passed by Congress) to ‘manage’ (limit) the local food industry. They can (and will) regulate food producers right out of business. And these regulations are always . . . always . . . always ‘sold’ to the public as ‘good for us’!
Wake up local food supporters!
You don’t have the government you think you have! Your government is quite literally Of the Corporation, By the Corporation and For the Corporation and has been for a long time! It does not matter if the Republicans or the Democrats are in control, as history has shown us. It is now and always has been an agenda of the Banksters to control agriculture and pretty much everything else. They announced this ‘agenda’ way back in 1892 in their Bankers Manifesto:
“We (the bankers) must proceed with caution and guard every move made, for the lower order of people are already showing signs of restless commotion. Prudence will therefore show a policy of apparently yielding to the popular will until our plans are so far consummated that we can declare our designs without fear of any organized resistance. The Farmers Alliance and Knights of Labor organizations in the United States should be carefully watched by our trusted men, and we must take immediate steps to control these organizations in our interest or disrupt them.”
If we want a local food system, we must be prepared to do more than just visit a Farmer’s Market once a week.