Women and other subaltern genders are excluded from farming and the food system beginning with stereotypes. It is a common belief that the typical farmer is old and male. While this is still the major demographic, especially in the United States where the average age of a farmer is nearing towards 60 years, the public perception of agriculture…[Read more]
I think the cooperative system is the best way to maintain food sovereignty, in addition to guaranteeing a market for farmer’s goods. Cooperatives allow for farms of all sizes to participate and gain equity and/or cash from the same core system, all while assuring farmers that what they produce will make it to the consumer. The cooperative…[Read more]
Benefits of Industrial Farming
1. Supports various businesses along the supply chain, including farmers, packaging, feed/processing plants, mills, marketers, etc.
2. Provides a base to feed a growing population at a national and international level
3. Frees up individuals from laborious work to pursue careers that allow for societal advancement,…[Read more]
Free trade benefits agricultural industries and wealthy nations by allowing consumers in those nations to buy inexpensive food and allowing ag businesses to export over seas to foreign markets. The development of these foreign markets creates, in some cases, a reliance on foreign products due to their decreased price in comparison to that…[Read more]
I think there is still hunger because the food that is grown is either wasted or not allocated properly. Allocation, in particular, is particularly interesting given that it is a result of poor economic structure, lack of access, lack of financial capital, and little government support.
I would say a classic example of skills being replaced with technology is in the dairy industry. Robots now perform the milking that was traditionally done by hand.
While some may think this is bad, I actually see it as a helpful adoption of technology. Not only does it protect the farmer from potentially unsanitary conditions, it also allows…[Read more]
replied to the topic Grassroots Perspectives in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 1 year, 10 months ago
Agroecology to me is important because I believe that it is important to understand every realm of agricultural production, how people view agriculture, and the role agriculture/food play in society.
replied to the topic What is agroecology, and what is it not? in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 1 year, 10 months ago
I would actually like to make the point that this farmer (who is said to practice mono-cropping) cannot actually be judged based on the above information as to whether or not he/she practices agroecology.
The first place I believe we make an incorrect assumption is in assuming that this farmer, because he must buy all of his chemicals from the…[Read more]
replied to the topic Agrarian Social Movements in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 1 year, 10 months ago
I do believe it can exist without autonomous control, given that the examples in the videos were very similar to this. However, in order to be more prosperous, I think it is important to gain autonomy because this ensures the removal of existing policy and practice road blocks.
replied to the topic Threats to Small Farmers Worldwide in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 1 year, 10 months ago
Thanks for your response. Reading through your thoughts was insightful and helpful.
When you speak of “Somehow, someone decided that urban populations must increase to advance the country’s economy, stemming from the upheaval of rural communities.” I have to disagree that this was not just a “decision” that someone made. While the m…[Read more]
replied to the topic The Foundations of Agroecology in the forum Lesson 1: Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Movements 1 year, 10 months ago
As a science, agroecology can certainly be separated from politics. This is very similar to the way new engineering and technological innovation are separated from politics today. However, just as with new scientific discoveries, new agriculture discoveries and practices provide insight into that which was previously unknown or undetermined by…[Read more]