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Newsletter no 2 - Factory Farms

Wednesday 2 April 2014, by Manu


Industrialized food production: the base of the junk food system.
There is no more potent symbol of the almost absolute control wielded by the international
agri-food system (from landgrabbing to retailing), than the factory farm. These
industrial complexes cause extensive pollution and disease in entire regions and emit
huge amounts of greenhouse gases, all in order to produce food destined for the poor:
“cheap” meat of dubious quality, whose true costs are never measured. This system
is imposed on us, on humanity, and represent in one crisis the sum of multiple
crises. In the almost endless list of calamities caused by factory farms, the genetically
modified soy bean monoculture – farmed with pesticides and then used to feed imprisoned
animals – means that everything returns to the same pockets at a harsh cost to
the planet. However, the people are organizing and having more and more conversations
and debates in an attempt to comprehend this together. This is very subversive,
because our collective memory, and continuing to produce our own foodstuffs, according
to our own peasant traditions, represents essentially the most fundamental
basis for our autonomy – allowing our peoples, with all our ways and wisdom, to
persist, and even to cool the earth, and attain lives of justice and dignity in the
present and into the future. GRAIN

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