The Watering Hole, Tuesday June 16, 2015 – Environmental News and Food Politics

I was under the impression for a long time that the back-up food supply for the world was about 30 days. This writer claims that the statement is effective propaganda from the food industry (but he doesn’t state what it actually is). The theme of the article (link below) is that building local food supply can overcome the food industry’s constant chant that the world needs them or we’ll all starve.

Before WWII, the country ate virtually all organic food (because pesticides and chemical additives were basically formulated as part of the war effort.), yet the food industry today claims that organic is a niche market for the well off, but no solution to our current situation. However, we fed 132 million people in 1939 organic food. So, does the guy have an argument?

Organic and local for all?

44 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Tuesday June 16, 2015 – Environmental News and Food Politics

  1. Monsanto would have you believe a lot of things that aren’t true.
    Mono agriculture creates soil depletion and agri-deserts which leads to greater dependance on chemicals and it becomes a death spiral.
    Animals don’t live in vast fields of corn and soy beans except for the bugs that have developed a resistance to roundup.
    Monsanto is also contributing to the extinction of heritage and legacy crops that have adapted to areas were Monsanto seeds won’t grow without lots of maintenance.
    Many farmers in Asia and India have told Monsanto to stuff it and refuse to buy their seed.

    • Vinyl, just so you don’t make this mistake in front of unfriendlies.

      “…bugs that have developed a resistance to roundup.”

      Bugs are killed by pesticides. Roundup is a weed killer/herbicide. The herbicde-resistant seed allow major broadcasting of the weedkiller by machine to improve yields.

        • Not total derp. Monsanto, and others, do produce seeds with Bt, an insecticide, in the plant. Resistance to Bt has developed in some insects, I think the corn rootworm is one. A pesticide kills pests and the term includes insecticides, herbicides, and a few more ‘cides.

  2. Donald Trump is once again “running” for Reality President of the Universal Studios of the United States.

  3. Tom DeLay Urges Americans To Defy The ‘Ten’ Justices Of The Supreme Court

    DeLay lamented that “people don’t understand the constitution. We haven’t taught our children now for three or four generations what the Constitution is, and the separation of powers, and what our Founding Fathers had in mind as this brilliant understanding of how you can limit government and limit the tyranny put on us through people or oligarchies.”

    [. . .]

    Proving his Constitutional prowess, DeLay argued that “it’s not in their authority to write law by ten unelected, unaccountable people, lawyers, and if – this is a red line that we’re drawing. If they rule against marriage, we will all defy them.”

  4. Glenn Beck: Rachel Dolezal Controversy Paving The Way For Internment Camps

    “I can’t take this anymore,” Beck said. “We are living in ‘Alice In Wonderland.’ We are America through the looking glass where the Mad Hatter is leading us and we’re just accepting it … You wonder how did communist countries or fascistic countries become crazy enough just to round people up and kill them? The answer is: slowly, by dribs and drabs, through slow, deliberate lies, through lies that denied reality. And once you become so deadened from reality, once people can say anything to you that used to be ‘shut up,’ and you just stand there as a group and accept it, that’s when bigger lies can be thrown onto the fire and before you know if, you’re living in ‘Alice In Wonderland.'”

    Seems to me he defined himself and the nuts that follow him in that rant, but who am I to comprende what/how any given wingnut ‘thinks’ (and I use the word loosely).

      • When I was a kid, my father decided to take the family up to a cabin in the Maine woods that he and some friends owned. We got lost trying to find a place my father hadn’t been to in nearly 20 years. I spotted a side road he was about to drive by, and it turned out to be the right one. We found the cabin (finally) and settled in for the night. The next morning, I found my father and brother staring up at the side of the cabin. The ground sloped downward, so the top part of the cabin was pretty high up, about 15-18 feet off the ground. And there we could see the claw marks of a humongous bear that marked his territory some time ago. Luckily we never ran into him while we were there.

        I hated it by the way. Camping and roughing it just aren’t for me.

  5. What’s wrong with me if I don’t give a rat’s ass about Rachel Dolezal one way or the other?

    When the news channels go apeshit over a single person who hasn’t done anything all that great or all that terrible, while major issues affect millions of people, but don’t get coverage because of all this tabloid attention to one person, I just have to wonder what I’m missing.

  6. Poor baby…

    Darrell Issa Booted Out Of Benghazi! Deposition

    Issa marched into the closed-door deposition and remained inside for about a minute before he was escorted out by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

    The pair briefly exchanged hushed words in a nearby hallway before Issa stormed off, throwing an empty soda can into a nearby trash bin.

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