> If we cannot afford the future, then we are indeed doomed to repeat the past!
> Cheap food is a illusion. The real costs of cheap food are:
> -depletion of natural resources through soil erosion
> -consumption of non-renewable energy sources
> -health care costs resulting from diseases caused by polluted air, soil and
> -the social cost of global agribusiness: declining family farms, the
> disintegration of the rural communities these farms sustain and the
> exploitation of farm labour.
> These costs of food production are not included in current economic
> indicators of "wealth" (such as Gross Domestic Product), but are eventually
> borne by society collectively and show up in our taxes (through
> agricultural subsidies and the expense of cleaning up environmental
> toxins), in the declining purchasing power of working people in developed
> countries, in the movement of rural populations to ever-more-crowded urban
> centers in developing nations and in the depletion of natural resources,
> all of which reduces the ability of future generations to sustain
> themselves while seriously disturbing global ecosystems.
> Yes, we can have cheap food and ignore the ultimate cost of that choice.
> But eventually those costs will have to be paid. I would rather pay more
> to support organic and sustainable agriculture and know that in that choice
> I am supporting a better future. As consumers, we all have the power to
> make a positive difference every time we purchase goods and sevices,
> without waiting for politicians, bureaucrats and businesspeople to do it
> for us.
> Jeff Gold
> Ecological Consulting Organization
> Lightstone Foundation, Inc.
> HC 63 Box 73
> Moyers, WV 26813
> 304-249-5200 telephone
> 304-249-5310 fax
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