Say NO to industrial agriculture

Background - 26 August, 2015
We should not allow a small group of multinational ag firms decide what farmers plant and what we eat. International food giants like Monsanto, Syngenta, Bunge, Dreyfus, ADM and Cargill dominate virtually every step in the cycle of global food production. They decide the type of seeds we plant, the price of major crops, how they are grown and how they are brought to market. They are the ones that advance the industrial agriculture model that putting an unbearable strain on the planet. As these companies become more and more powerful, they make decisions that benefit their appetite for global dominance, not the health of consumers or the planet.

But with knowledge comes power. The more that responsible parents, progressive farmers and activists understand the hidden costs of our broken and unsustainable food system, the more we can do to change it. One of the biggest things we can do is not endorse it. Don’t invest in it. Don’t buy food that is grown on factory farms or overly processed. Big ag firms can only grow and thrive if consumers remain disconnected to where they food comes from.

But we can reconnect to how our food is made and who made it. Buying from local eco-farms. Making healthy fresh choices for our families. Together, we can embrace innovative eco-farming solutions that aren’t rooted in an industrial system with an expiration date. And we can act now. Let’s revise our shopping lists and menus to endorse an alternative farming system that can feed the world for generations to come.

Conventional Chicken Coop in Northern Germany. 25 Aug, 2014 © Doerthe Hagenguth / Greenpeace

Things You Can Do

  • When you shop, avoid food that was grown according to industrial agriculture principles. Choose organic, fresh, local, unprocessed foods when available.

  • Visit the websites of your favorite food brands and gauge their commitment to eco-farming.

  • Review your financial portfolio for industrial agriculture firms like Monsanto, Bunge, ADM, Cargill, Drefyus and move your money to a socially responsible investment.

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