Food as a Weapon: Colonial Impact on AgroEconomy
In Why Can’t People Feed Themselves?, Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins reveal that the majority of cultures have been disrupted and regressed by imperialistic colonialism, resulting in retarded agroeconomy and a scarcity of foodstuffs.
Handfuls of cultures have created abundance and material wealth through exploitation of agriculture, but it was often at the expense of colonies whose resources were vampirized by giant, imperial, blue-blooded squids. It isn’t the attitude or the culture’s mentality that is preventing them from agrarian stability- it was the purposeful exploitation of the indigenous peoples under the yoke of colonial overlords.
How else have the Market and Industrial Revolutions impacted the now-third world?
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Dow and Monsanto Join Forces to Poison America’s Heartland
‘In a match that some would say was made in hell, the nation’s two leading producers of agrochemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the use of the herbicide 2,4-D, one half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange, which was used by American forces to clear jungle during the Vietnam War. These two biotech giants have developed a weed management program that, if successful, would go a long way toward a predicted doubling of harmful herbicide use in America’s corn belt during the next decade.’
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Occupy vs. Monsanto: Activists, Farmers Fight the Corporation They Fear Will Take Over All America’s Crops
‘Monsanto, if you will, is the 1 percent of Big Agriculture—the scourge of small farmers everywhere. But now those farmers are fighting back, backed by activists from Occupy Wall Street.
In March 2011, Jim Gerritsen turned the tide, filing a lawsuit on behalf of OSGATA, this time against Monsanto. Since March, 82 other plaintiffs representing over 300,000 organic farmers, seed companies and food associations have joined the case. ‘
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