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Approaching the Collapse: Don't Panic, Go Organic
By Ronnie Cummins
Organic Consumers Association, August 24, 2011
So-called "business as usual" is neither sustainable, nor even
possible, for much longer. Out-of-control energy corporations, Wall
Street, the Pentagon, agribusiness/biotech corporations, and
indentured politicians have driven us to the brink. They tell us:
don't worry; trust the experts, things will soon return to "normal."
But reality and common sense tell a different story.
Extreme weather, crop failures, commodities speculation, land grabs,
escalating prices, soil degradation, depleted aquifers, routine
contamination, food-related disease, and mass hunger represent the
"new norm" for food and farming. The global agricultural system, with
the exception of the rapidly growing organic sector, rests upon a
shaky foundation. Patented seeds, genetically engineered crops,
expensive and destructive chemical and energy-intensive inputs,
factory farms, monoculture production, eroding soils, unsustainable
water use, taxpayer subsidies, and long-distance hauling and
distribution, including massive imports that amount to 15% of the U.S.
food supply amount to a recipe for disaster.
A "perfect storm" or "ultimate recession" as described by Lester Brown
in his new book, World on the Edge, could develop at any time,
precipitated by extreme weather and crop failures on a massive scale.
A growing number of nations, including the oil giants and China, are
now scrambling to secure overseas farmland to feed their domestic
populations. World grocers and supermarkets, including the U.S., have,
on the average, only a four-day supply of food on hand. An oil shock,
global disease pandemic, prolonged drought in the American heartland,
or nuclear meltdown could set off a global food panic. Supermarket
shelves and grain silos would be stripped bare within a short period
of time. Have you thought about this? Are you and those in your local
community ready for this?
Peak Food, Peak Oil, Peak Water, Peak Soil ... (cont)
Both the House and Senate budget plan would have cut Social Security and
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