09 Mar 2005 View all related to Climate Change | Food Security | Globalization | Local Food
If people can be made to understand that nature is not something external to them, but that they are an integral part of the web of life, I believe that awareness would evolve into a respect and perhaps even a reverence for our home. Earl Butz, the former Secretary of Agriculture, said “Soon the American people will be relieved of the drudgery of growing their own food.” I am convinced he was thinking with that portion of his anatomy that his name describes, because I have found quite the contrary to be true.
08 Jan 2005 View all related to Climate Change | Conflict | Local Food | OilView all related to James Howard Kunstler
We are entering a period of economic hardship and declining incomes. The increment of new development will be very small, probably the individual building lot. The suburbs as are going to tank spectacularly. We are going to see an unprecedented loss of equity value and, of course, basic usefulness. We are going to see an amazing distress sale of properties, with few buyers. We're going to see a fight over the table scraps of the 20th century. We'll be lucky if the immense failure of suburbia doesn't result in an extreme political orgy of grievance and scapegoating.
14 Mar 2005
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Steven and Gloria Decater farm without oil, opting for draft horses rather than diesel powered machinery.
10 Mar 2003 View all related to Climate Change | Food Security | Globalization | Local FoodView all related to Helena Norberg-Hodge
California is importing strawberries when it is strawberry season in California; importing tomatoes from Canada; brussels sprouts from Belgium; nuts from Italy while nuts from California are being exported to Italy, etc. etc. And the consequences for the land, which in California has probably suffered as much as any other part of the planet – in other words, the huge industrial agricultural areas are now toxic, desert, sort of dustbowls, huge amounts of water wasted on vast monocultures producing ever more toxic food, and with a very clear, alarming trend towards depleting the soil, that it’s becoming very dangerous.
14 Nov 2004
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But we need to think about the fact that one of the most difficult obstacles that we’re up against right now is that the same corporate middlemen that have ended up manipulating farmers and consumers are also manipulating the media and manipulating government regulation as well as deregulation at international levels. So we do need to look at this as a very, very central issue. Large corporations, and that includes banks and speculative investment, are actually controlling the information that gets out.