Food Confidential: The Corporate Takeover of Food Security and the Family Farm—and What to Do About It
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She began to understand how dangerous and fragile our food system really is. Climate change. Farmers retiring or going out of business. Corporations controlling our food distribution system while being protected from the consequences when they endanger our health. Skyrocketing food prices. Outsourced food production. With this admittedly bleak assessment of the current state of affairs, Nicole and her family decided to abandon the bus trip and instead start a farm. “I couldn’t tell people the solutions to our food crisis while I was traipsing around America taking photos. I had to live it,” Nicole says. And so the seeds for Food Confidential were sown.
Our basic right to healthy food is at risk.
What can we do? Written in an astute, engaging style, armed with examples from her own homesteading lifestyle, small farmer Nicole Faires’s Food Confidential gives you the tools to fight the intangible battles, as well as the practical ones.
laxatives. It was tested on animals in the 1960s and approved for food use, but the effects on pregnant women and children are unknown. It can lower blood sugar levels, and it swells in the intestine, which is why it makes such a good laxative. It is now also in your organic food. The reason there are more items on the list than there were before is because of lobbying by the Organic Trade Association. Rather than a group of farmers out to improve organic standards, the OTA is made of corporate
that reflects modern scientific knowledge, because it steps on the toes of a few major companies. This dietary pattern is taught to millions of children in school, and it will affect their food choices as they grow. With the increasing problems that we face, how can we be feeding them information that will only serve to harm them in the future? This is the crux of the food security problem. Whether we will be able to achieve global food security will remain in the hands of companies and
see), but the problem goes much deeper. Today the issue is not the right to farm, but the right to land access. In his “Land for People” speech in 1889, American economist Henry George said, “If you would realize what land is, think of what men would be without land. If there were no land, where would be the people? Land is not merely a place to graze cows or sheep upon, to raise corn or raise cabbage. It is the indispensable element necessary to the life of every human being. We are all land
will continue to have to farm for thousands more. In these modern times, there’s no excuse for not having more control of your food. While the previous sections talked about home gardening and saving seed, this section addresses the serious need for more farmers, or those who will grow food at least part time on a serious basis on a larger scale. You don’t need be a farmer, however. There are three good ways to get involved, and two of them don’t necessarily mean growing food (although they
8 a.m., because everything needs to be harvested on Friday. A second kind of farmer cooperative manages only product marketing for a group of farmers. Many established farms today are members of a cooperative, which they formed to purchase their own product. The co-op, as a separate entity, purchases the crops of all the farmers and then handles the selling and/or distribution. Usually that means handling negotiations with a wholesaler, but today a co-op can become a direct selling machine,