These phrases catch 90% of Americans with the proper economic lens: Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: Lower prices, guaranteed! Every day value.
Demand drives what is produced.. if it’s lowest quality that is produced abroad, all production will go abroad to low quality sources. We will end up bankrupt. This shopping because we can “afford” to can sustain, but not nourish a family in a low Economic position.
What that family needs is employment. Big companies that work on these scales would rather not employ more people, they mechanize in order to reduce what’s needed. One of the tenets of Marx’s Economics was that the goal of capitalism was to replace the skilled worker with a machine. IN ECONOMICS, JOBS IS NOT AN INDICATOR.. STOP SEEING IT AS SUCH BARACK OBAMA. In other words, it’s assumed that each country will find it’s role and have full employment in that industry. As such, this shift is only temporary.. to our new industry. IT IS NO LONGER MANUFACTURING CONSUMER GOODS. We need to manufacture… what? Solar panels, windmills, car batteries, FOOD, or bombs……… see my conditions for a failed presidency, thanks.
Take food, for example. I work in Local Organic agriculture, in other words growing my own food without buying fertilizer or chem and now seed inputs. I produce more than enough for my own family, and form a small disposable income for other necessities. My product is unique, my prices are reasonable, and I get by without competing with anybody or stepping on anybody’s toes. I am adding value.
The purpose of a retail firm is to add value by delivering consumer goods through a supply chain to store shelves. They pay a rent and costs of labor and realize a profit. Wal-Mart’s chains are notoriously long and integrated, going with the lowest bidder internationally on each one. None of these are jobs that you would want, partly because consumers in the richest country in the world don’t want to pay more than 11 cents for a banana. This is slavery wages. To everyone involved. Wal-Mart promises low value, so they leave no excess on each link of the chain. Where do you think Quality comes in? It doesn’t. The actual consumer product utility experience is very low.
“You get what you pay for but,” can this mentality explain domestic poverty? It is, very simply, the destroyer of town businesses. IT causes terrible unsustainable sprawl developments that consume massive tracts of land and gasoline. It is, very simply, waste consumption. Very little investment is done at Wal-Mart unlike, say, a hardware store or Home Depot. Monetarily, it is keeping the consumer basket affordable for normal people, and preventing inflation, giving confidence in the short term, given that everything else in the world stays constant especially the price of oil or the dollar… It isn’t building skills capital either like machinists or carpenters or weavers. But… not exactly. Big corporations aren’t causing the recession. But they aren’t hiring. What we need is a new industry, that creates a ton of small businesses. [Caveat* not Funded by the government*] Small farming is one. So is researching new alternative energy (and fuel) techniques.
In food, organic farming is a great revitalization to support from the government level. See my blog. By changing to focus the industry on natural, sustainable quality, you get solid benefits. Some of the conclusions from an October 2008 UNEP report included: • Organic practices resulted in per hectare food crop productivity increases. • Organic production allows farmers access to markets, enabling them to obtain premium prices for their produce, as well as increased access to good quality, organic food for the entire community. • Organic and near-organic agricultural methods and technologies are ideally suited for many poor, marginalized smallholder farmers in Africa or other developing nations. [or here] • Recent food-price hikes and rising fuel prices have highlighted the importance of making agriculture less energy- and external-input dependent. • Certified organic production for the export market, with its premium prices, can undoubtedly reduce poverty among farmers. • Organic agricultural systems are making a significant contribution to the reduction of food insecurity and poverty and improvement in rural livelihoods in areas of Africa.
Our modern food system is not well-designed, it’s a factory which has reduced labor. The role of the USDA has been to banish farms from the everyday lives of the country, while consolidating food and making the rest illegal… While we have more land than the rest of the world, it is tracked out and provides little health or nutritional value. The average American is more removed (or, as removed) from his or her geography as ever. The Unsettling of America, Wendell Berry.
1/3 of Topsoil is lost. Land degradation has destroyed more civilizations than armies, and thus we must prevent that the same thing happens to the US. Industrial Agriculture has destroyed most of our topsoil … if land can no longer maintain crops, civilization disappears… Monoculture produces less topsoil than a spadefork or keyline plow, diluted compost tea applications, and a pile. This means we are more vulnerable. Deplete life.
Wes Jackson of The Land Institute says that 120 years now is the most important in the history of Homo-sapiens. This can be a century of progress, or another of hopeless bickering about which country is the best. Either we end in a stalemate and seek another planet or, everyone can make a living. Let’s make it so. Oregon Tilth, MOSES, IFOAM, the FAO, and other true organic support and education agencies are already working on making an economy that works for the future.
If someone is to blame for the obesity crisis, I guarantee you it’s not the farmers.
Dear USDA, Rid your agency of corruption.
Cut Monstanto farm bill budget by 90%.
CC AFSIC, Sustainable Agriculture Network, Rural Information Center, Obama Food Network, Please Forward.
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“This enterprise that we are a part of, with its new organic farmers and the host of small food enterprises that are emerging to bring their produce to market, is about an economy that does less harm. It’s about rebuilding trust and reconnecting to one another and the places where we live. It’s about healing the social and ecological relationships that have been broken by hundreds of years of linear, extractive pursuit of economic growth, industrialization, globalization, and consumerism. It’s about pulling some of our money out of ever-accelerating financial markets and its myriad abstractions — called, with more than a little irony, securities — and putting it to work near where we live, in things that we understand, starting with food — creating a more immediate and tangible kind of security.
This attention to and, even, celebration of the small, the slow and the local can seem, at times, rather precious against the scale of global economic, political, and environmental challenges. But it was agriculture that gave birth to the modern economy, and, as Paul Ehrlich recognizes, it must be agriculture that we fix if there is to be a postmodern economy.”
Can someone please forward this blog to Barack Obama? The government absolutely needs to stop this foolishness and focus on what we can do to make small industry in plants. @BARACKOBAMA check your twitter replies!!!
Source for this post: The Slow Money Blog, “Will the Real Food Movement Please Stand Up”
Hello dear sir,
These two charts (and the accompanying articles) may very well change your presidency. As a citizen, I know that I am concerned about the future of our energy system and our performance under the long-term constraints of financial (fiscal, monetary, budget) systems. So I was very reassured by the existence of these two articles. Both are accompanied by charts which you can show to stakeholders in the government, and the sources are good as far as I can tell with some background research. A picture is worth a million words, I think you will find that here. Get your fire back, Barack! We still have to fix energy and agriculture yet.
The graph all budget discussions should start with thanks @whitehouse staff go USA http://t.co/8FXfl1f
USA is meeting it’s energy targets, with a few rules and policies to not screw up now.
I’ve been thinking, just remember that government can do a lot without spending money. The role of government is not just to create and fund big social programs. I think you’ll be surprised how much Congress can accomplish if you press for the spending freeze in new bills that are written. No money, no senator buyouts, just good policy.
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IFAD’s Cape Town meeting – presenting the Rural Poverty Report 2011
Biogas makes people not poor! For lights and cooking. These cost $260 to make, the Chinese government pays half.. See biodigestors in action in China.. a new socialist village: environmentally sustainable, socially harmonious. Anything done by small farmers in China makes a huge impact overall.. Over 8 million animals accounted for in that rural sector of the world. The scope of it blows my mind. There are fantastic testimonials and a good name behind it, IFAD (http://www.ifad.org/) OECD development pages. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCRps9Jnwbk #energy @OECDlive
…as long as fiscal tightening is recommended unemployment will hardly stop. The consumerism is sloppy if we don’t back our currency (US$) with real production. Instead of encouraging fiscal tightening, developed countries should thus encourage new routes to develop production markets. Vegetables, for one. Vegetables ship well at 1 and 1/8 bushel crates, can be made plentifully here in the United States, and are in global demand. Organic vegetables are another step that many farmers may want to take that ensures them a local market. Small industry, for another. Many of the parts that support small agriculture are freely available laying around the ruins of a former industrial tower.. Factories are now scrap-yards ready to make a new Economy. The industrial park, and JVS and small workshops, should not be left out of our #economic solution.
Small agriculture is doing much better this year in the United States than large monoculture farms. A wet Spring has most farmers behind already. The price of corn internationally is shown in a chart below:
Please consider what a dependence on cheap corn will mean if corn does badly this year, for the whole world we export grain to. The United States for it’s irresponsibility has left the world open to more food insecurity, even without the oil factor, from a bad season in Northern Ohio and the Central states. #Midwest, #Corn, #Sustainable. Meanwhile, at the organic farm we have 36 crops already and are busy every day. Most monoculture farms are big fields and nothing is planted yet. I find comfort knowing that my job every day provides food for Northern Ohio’s good and neediest families to eat a fresh variety of foods at a dependable price. #agchat