Add in the fact that most farmers now are starting to purchase the GMO
grains that require purchases of the same companies chemicals. Then these
companies are aligning with the sellers so there is only one output for
their grain. GMO's make perfect sense for the corporate clusters. They
get to sell the chemicals and seed at their price and buy the grain at
their price because they are the only bidder. Then watch our government
kick in the LDP's for the farmers. No supply control and the corporates
have a huge supply of crops that they can sell on the world market for
below world prices. Freedom to Farm played right into their hands.
I personally think this corporate controlled model is all central planning
and will see the same results as the central planning model in the former
soviet union. It makes little difference if its a government or a
corporate boardroom that steals the will of the people.
I've said it too many times before on this listserve and I'll say it again.
Its is now or never if we are going to save family scale agriculture.
Maybe its not worth saving? I for one do not like the idea of absolutely
no commodity market to fall back upon. We keep getting closer to the day
that no commodity will be priced before the grocery store. And I still
don't buy the idea that most farmers have the skill nor the desire to be
direct marketers. Small sustainable farmers can compete quite favorably on
cost of production if given an open and competitive market.
Free Range Hog farmer
> From: Lawrence F. London, Jr. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: Avery on global warming <..> Vertical integration in
> Date: Thursday, September 09, 1999 11:46 PM
> On Thu, 9 Sep 1999, Greg & Lei Gunthorp wrote:
> > I guess I think it is very hard to read Dennis Avery and not get
> > I'm never sure whether we are or aren't going to run out of food in his
> > opinion. I just know whichever side he is on its going to justify big
> > business rolling on without consequences. Do people see through his
> > Or does his message work on people similar to the crap that PBS airs
> > commercials for ADM. (Their commercial says they are extremely
> > about feeding the hungry world. That is why they are doubling in size
> > least every 5 years.) The true issues surrounding food security and
> > sustainability are being blurred by the corporate heavy hitters in my
> > opinion.
> We see vertical integration in the hog and poultry industries and I hear
> that, offshore, quietly, it is also happening in field crop production
> as seed breeders/producers are also buying into farms, land, shipping,
> warehousing/storage, brokerage all over the world in order to guarantee
> year-round delivery of product to supermarket chains, depriving American
> farmers, some local, of that lucrative market. Is it possible that
> grass/grain/bean farmers in the American Heartland will see increased
> competition and lowered prices from attempts by big seed companies to
> become vertically integrated in the field crop
> (grass/grain/bean/vegetable.fruit) arena? They can produce the seed, grow
> it overseas or in the US, process/warehouse it/distribute it themselves
> for sales in the US, thus undercutting American farmers and forcing them
> into bankruptcy. If they are then able to buy up land from backrupt
> farmers they can increase their stranglehold on food production. Sal's
> forwarded article describing problems farmers are having growing GE crops
> in North Dakota seems to describe yet another mini-array of tools big
> agribiz can use to drive farmers out of business, especially the organic
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