Entrepreneurs rush to fill demand. Soon there are vested interests who go to government and tell them farming is so important, farming can’t be left to small farmers to learn and share information.
Factory farms form which are owned by huge farming conglomerates with political clout. They get promotion and funding using our tax dollars. The vested interests who have invested heavily in political protection become sheltered from free markets.
Attempting to change politically supported stupidity is almost impossible.
Stupidity becomes law or protected by law.
WHY CONVENTIONAL AGRICULTURE HAS TO STOP
en chemicals were first introduced in farming, everyone marveled at what they could do. Yields were dramatically increased.
In the beginning, the soil was so healthy, any damage done by chemical fertilizers was imperceptible, and pests had yet to evolve resistance to the insecticides.
Our technologies were exported around the world as a revolution in agriculture – the green revolution.
Chemical fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, antibiotics, hormones, factory farms, and genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. It just keeps coming.
Almost no one calls it the green revolution anymore because there is nothing green about it, at least not in the modern ecologically friendly meaning of the word green.
Downsides to the Green Revolution
There are a number of problems brought on by conventional agriculture’s techniques. Conventional methods are inhumane to animals; they spread disease and pollution and degrade our nation’s soil and water.
In the interests of sustainability, protecting our nation’s resources and improving our health, conventional agriculture needs to be banned, both in the U.S. and abroad.
A return to organic agriculture, which prohibits the use of chemicals and encourages crop rotation, will protect our nation’s arable land, increase the nutritional value of our food, and dramatically reduce our food’s toxicity.
Yes, our food is toxic when grown by conventional means. Ninety-three percent of Americans tested by the CDC had metabolites of chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxin in their urine.
Chlorpyrifos has been banned for use in homes because it has been linked to autoimmune diseases and neurological damage, but it is still commonly used on golf courses and in bait containers, and it is sprayed all over our food.
Over 99% of Americans tested, tested positive for exposure to DDT. DDT has been banned from use in the U.S. since 1972.
But it’s still perfectly legal to manufacture it in the U.S. ship it to Mexico and other countries, and then have it sprayed on food, and then sell the food to the U.S.
DDT has been linked to various cancers and birth defects. It is a persistent toxin that stays in the environment for an extended period of time…
One of my favorite quotes is: “Almost everything that almost everyone believes is wrong!” – Andrew J.Galambos
We’ll explore DDT another time.
At one time mathematicians thought the sun circled the earth. Though they were wrong, they were able to accurately predict sunrise, sunset, phases of the moon, eclipses and more.
You don’t have to be right in order to be right.
You don’t have to be right (theory) in order to be right (result)