We Are What We Do, Not What We Say!


What is Truly Going on?

Has anyone stopped to think about what is truly going on? Why are we having these major conflicts between superpowers? Back in 1992 a young girl went to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro to speak to adults about what they were doing to our world. It’s a very powerful and moving message. It got me to thinking what has happened to her and what is she doing today? The young girl’s name is Severn Cullis-Suzuki (born November 30, 1979 in Vancouver, British Columbia) she’s a Canadian environmental activist, speaker, television host and author. When she spoke it wasn’t to point fingers but to ask others to be responsible for their actions. Is this possible?

Taking Concrete and Positive action

Fast forwarding to 2011, Jean-Paul Jaud did a documentary called Severn, the Voice of our Children. I haven’t been able to watch the full movie yet, but was able to screen the preview. Here’s a short synopsis of the film.

At the Rio de Janeiro International Earth Summit in 1992, for the first time in history, a child stood up and questioned those responsible for taking care of our planet.

Our actions do not reflect our words: Planet Earth is still in the same state today, and Severn, now an adult, is expecting her first child. She once again takes the floor, explaining that although the situation is urgent, there is still time to make a change.

In this emotional documentary filled with hope, Severn stands as a reference for those who, from Canada to Japan, passing by France, are taking concrete and positive action to respect biodiversity. But who will answer Severn’s appeal for change?

Appealing for Change!

When Severn appeals for change were does it come from, not where you would think? Normally I wouldn’t  take this kind of leap and connect these videos but you must listen to what’s being said to fully understand the gravity of the situation. I’ll go back to my original question what’s really going on? President Putin warning Obama that if something isn’t done about Monsanto’s GMO foods it could lead to another World War (spoken in 2013). What I find interesting is that it’s not just Russia but Switzerland, France, Italy, Slovenia, and the Ukraine along with others that have banned GMO foods. Look at what is really happening in Ukraine and ask what is the real agenda behind what’s going on. Did you know that Ukraine is the bread basket for much of Europe and Russia? It’s a very complex issue that doesn’t need any conspiracy theories. But one must admit that there are some interesting correlations here to think about. In the end we must say, We are what we do, not what we say!

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18 thoughts on “We Are What We Do, Not What We Say!

  1. There are some big questions here. The more the world is run by global corporations, the more problems we will face. Corporations are answerable to shareholders, bound to make ever bigger profits. Clearly this single-minded objective has little to do with the welfare of the planet or its peoples. Any corporation that tries to control the way people produce their food, and especially in ways that undermine indigenous food security strategies, is threatening people at the very roots of their existence. The trouble is we are most of us mired up in this. We expect to receive our pensions when we retire, but pension funds may be among the shareholders in the big corporations. It is hard to know how to unpick all this.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this thought provoking post, Steve.

    I am trying to get the complete documentary and watch it.

    This year we have started organic farming in a small scale and the result is so heartwarming 🙂

    Have a beautiful day 🙂

  3. Large corporations are a two-edged sword. They may have become too big, but this was only achieved by providing a product or service that people wanted to by in large numbers. Every corp started small. It’s why we have so much abundance in the world.

    Is the environment under threat? Is there still hunger in the world? Sure. But lets not interfere with the people that are trying to solve the problem. GMO will be a part of the solution primarily because you can increase productivity per acre without converting more wilderness to farm land. So let’s not take that off the table yet. Biotech has a well documented track record of increasing yields, decreasing costs, decreasing environmental impacts and improving health.

    I think one thing that Russia doesn’t understand is that food security trumps everything not military concerns. The US has this while Russia, Africa, East Asia and Europe do not. It explains American dominance in the world. We are the breadbasket. I think the under reported factor of the West’s victory during the Cold War is it’s ability to win more allies than Russia and a lot of this comes down to the West’s food security. Russia ignores these security issues at it’s own peril.

    1. Solve the problem or control the world? GMO foods are not the answer, you need dig deeper and see the truth. If you want to make such a claim then provide supportive evidence otherwise you are talking out of the left side of your mouth. I do lots of research and it clearly show differently. Why have so many countries banned American GMO foods? Why are small farmers losing their farms to large Agribusinesses? GMO crossing over into their fields and then not being able to fight this giants.
      Totally disagree with you.

      1. Okay, I’m not trying to patronize but I need to set you straight on a few things. Take this from somebody who works in the field, corresponds with people in the field and is best friends with farmers.

        1) Nobody is losing their farms to agribusiness. A good 95+% of farms in the US are family owned with many intending to pass the farms on to their children.

        http://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2014-march/family-farming-in-the-united-states.aspx#.VM1lwivF98E

        2) The only country that I know of that has banned GMO’s outright is Kenya. Others won’t permit their cultivation but will import them. They are grown in almost three dozen countries and they have a regulatory framework to moderate them. Others require labeling. The claim that “many countries ban GMO’s” is a myth.

        3) GMO’s crossing over into other fields is also a myth. Most crops such as wheat and rice will self polinate. In other cases such as maize farmers have already been taking precautions to minimize cross pollination decades before GMO’s were even introduced.

        I suspect that you are getting information from dubious sites. So let me give you some sources to aid in your research:

        http://geneticliteracyproject.org/
        http://www.biofortified.org/
        http://gmoanswers.com/

        These sources will discuss their safety, contributions to sustainability in agriculture, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reduction in environmental impacts and nutritional enhancements.

        Talk to farmers. Many of them have their own blogs and love talking about what they do. None of them seem to be victims of agribusiness.

        Or you can ask me. I can try and answer questions in the best way that I can. I love talking about this stuff.

        Nobody who works on this technology says that it’s the magic bullet facing all of agriculture. But a sustainable low impact agricultural system will involve GMO’s in some fashion.

      2. So I’m taking up the challenge and examining each of your points (maybe not every one of them now). What is becoming abundantly clear is why American Agribusiness is so dangerous.

        1. If we look at situation from a global perspective what is happening is that were countries were once self reliant now import a major portion of their grains, fruits, vegetables, and even meats from foreign markets. How has this happened, the US and EU agribusinesses subsidize their agriculture to the tune of almost$1 Billions dollars a day, what this equates to is the AOA has become a form of control of the food system that puts power squarely in the hands of the export producers, large businesses elites, all at the expense of family farmers. For example, the U.S. Exports corn at prices 20% below the cost of production, and wheat at 46 percent below cost.

        What this reminds me of is when the Hunt brothers tried to corner the silver market, had they been able to do so they could have controlled the price of silver. If we apply this same principle to food we could say that the US is trying to gain control of the entire food supply of the world. I think this alone is reason enough for Putin’s stance. Every country and it’s leaders should be responsible to it’s citizens in keeping it’s farming industry healthly and capable of supporting it’s own needs when it comes to food production.

        Here’s the supportive link: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Third_World/Losing_Farm.html

        In response to your next point.

        2. 2) The only country that I know of that has banned GMO’s outright is Kenya. Others won’t permit their cultivation but will import them. They are grown in almost three dozen countries and they have a regulatory framework to moderate them. Others require labeling. The claim that “many countries ban GMO’s” is a myth.

        Your claim here no country has outright banned GMO foods, except for Kenya. Yes, this is true that Kenya has a complete ban on GMO’s which may change soon. But you failed to mention Japan in this equation. The Japanese are staunchly opposed to GMO foods and none are being grown in the country according to the information that I found. The disconcerting information that I found relates some disturbing facts about GMO’s.

        However, large quantities of canola are imported from Canada (which is one of the world’s largest producers of GM canola) and there is now GM canola growing wild around Japanese ports and roads to major food oil companies. Genetically modified canola such as Monsanto’s Roundup Ready canola have been found growing around 5 of the 6 ports that were tested for GM contamination.

        Source:http://www.examiner.com/article/what-countries-have-banned-gmo-crops

        This shows that GM foods can cross over into the environment without actually being planted, please explain this? This alone is spreading poison into the environment. I’ve read that this doesn’t only kill the pests that it’s designed to kill but kills bees and other friendly insects. Given this fact alone brings doubt to an GMO food not harming the whole eco-system.

        Also while exploring this particular point I found that thousands of farmers in India committed suicide after being talked into planting Monsanto’s supposed magic seeds.

        Farmers were convinced to spend what was often 1,000 times the cost of conventional seed on the “magic seeds” after listening to Monsanto’s promises of increased yields and resistence to pests.

        Source:http://www.examiner.com/article/what-countries-have-banned-gmo-crops

        This is only two of your points. I will follow up on the others at a later time.

        I think my point is this, the US and the EU want to control the world’s food production, Putin is against this, for which I applaud him. I’m not looking to battle with you, I’m just trying to get you to consider another view point. Hopefully this will help you to do so. I will tell you that your first comments angered me deeply, I could see that they are engendered from an American perspective and not considering the world as a whole. The world does not want to be controlled by the US, I don’t agree with how many in the world are attacking America but it’s understandable since the US seems to live in an isolated bubble believing everyone should adhere to it’s value system. Maybe it’s time to understand others and consider their viewpoints. All of us are walking into the future as a global community were everyones voices are important, not just a single country with the agenda of controlling everyone else. In summation I’d say clean your own house before you tell other how to live in theirs. I’m not asking you to concede, just consider.

        Here’s another link to consider: http://www.omorganics.org/page.php?pageid=99

      3. You bring up a few points that have more to do with globalization in general than with GMO. I think you’re a little too eager blame GMO’s with problems that have little to do with them instead of issues that occur when the world opens up to free trade.

        This post may be a little long, but I need to explain some things. Or you can look at this source:

        http://www.gatesnotes.com/2015-annual-letter?page=0&lang=en&WT.mc_id=01_01_2015_AL2015-BG_FB_Img1_Top_20

        Bill Gates believes we can end starvation in the world within 15 years and GMO’s will be helping to achieve that goal.

        Farmers in the third world were never self sufficient. And even if they were, the population grew to a point where it’s a mute point. It’s been projected that we’ll need to feed an additional 2 BILLION people on this world by the year 2050. Converting additional land to agriculture isn’t an option. In fact, I know the US is actually losing agricultural land do to urban sprawl. The only feasible option is increasing yields.

        Now, countries in the third world have started importing agricultural technologies and modernized their economies to gain access to credit markets so that they can purchase it. And yes, there are people moving off of farms. If the farms managed to increase their yields than you can feed more people with less farmers. This frees up farmers to do other things like go to school and get jobs which will grow their economies. This is how you create a middle class in an impoverished country. This is a good thing because child mortality will decline and so will birth rates resulting in stable populations. After all, look at population growth in the first world. Russia , on the other hand, is actually losing population.

        Now here’s the rub. We may be able to save people from starvation but they will still be malnourished since they aren’t getting enough vitamins and minerals. Here is where GMO can help. Golden rice is an example of modifying a current rice strain to produce carotene, a necessary precursor to vitamin A. 5000 children a year are dying from Vit A deficiency. I don’t think GMO will be a hard sell with people when they see that the next generation of crops can be more nutritious. Ironically, the organic growers wrongly claim this, but with GMO it could actually be true. Besides this. people won’t want to eat just rice, porridge and casava when their standard of living improves. They’ll want to vary their diets to include more meats and vegetables. So we’ll need to increase yields just to feed the livestock that’s required.

        Is it true that agribusiness is big? Sure. But I don’t think you get to be big unless you sell a product that people want to buy and it performs well. I’ve talked to farmers. They like the GMO’s because they may cost a little more, but they save tons of money by using fewer pesticides and increased yields. Are they subsidized? No. In the US they do give subsidies to farmers as an incentive to NOT grow crops. If you produce too much of something the price goes down and you’ll find that the farmers won’t be able to make enough money to pay their mortgages, their farms get foreclosed and we end up starving the following year. Now, farmers may use that subsidy to buy product from an ag company, so I guess if you follow the money trail, the subsidy ends up on big ag’s balance sheet, but you can say this about any government funding. We can argue that government food stamps are subsidizing Walmart. So what?

        I don’t know what you mean about the US shipping grain at below cost. I don’t know about that. I do know that Europe is a net importer of food from both the US and South America. But it’s mostly soy and maize to feed their livestock, and yes, it’s GMO. But I don’t know how this is forcing farmers out of business.

        Japan actually does have GMO products on the market. They may not grow them, but they don’t grow much of anything. Their a mountainous island nation and manage their land very carefully. But as you note, some GMO canola has been established there. But so have many pests around the world. It’s just the risk you have when you have an economy based on trade. Have you heard about the American Chestnut? It’s an endangered species here because somebody imported a fungus that it was vulnerable to. Do you know what may bring the chestnut back? It seems that we can gentically modify them to resist the fungus!

        Considering all this, it’s too bad that Putin has opted out of this. During Soviet times store shelves were mostly empty of food despite the government keeping the prices artificially low. We’ll have to wait and see how well Russia can source what it needs domestically this time, but I already read that food prices are skyrocketing. Couple this with the brain drain Russia has experienced the past couple of decades and his inability to get technology to extract Russia’s own oil and you have a recipe for hard times ahead. For now he has a strategic reserve that can mitigate some of this ($300 billion last I checked), but when that runs out, history may repeat itself unless he stops what he’s doing.

  4. Arg. So it looks like my last comment got swallowed.

    But you might want to consider what Bill Gates is doing through his charity. He believes that he can end world hunger in 15 years. GMO will help do this.

    http://www.gatesnotes.com/2015-annual-letter?page=0&lang=en&WT.mc_id=01_01_2015_AL2015-BG_FB_Img1_Top_20

    The problem with the third world is that it doesn’t grow enough food to feed itself. But if they modernize their economies so they have access to credit to purchase the agricultural tech that the west uses, it can change that.

    Even if the third world produced enough now, they may not in the future. Its’ projected that we need to feed another 2 billion people by 2050. Converting additional land to agriculture isn’t an option. In fact, the US is losing agricultural land due to urban sprawl. Throw in climate change and you have an impending disaster unless we utilize every technology we have to solve it. My main point here is to not interfere with the people that are trying to solve the problem. And opposition to GMO is actually interfering with this goal.

    Even if we managed to feed them they may still be malnourished because they aren’t getting the vitamins and minerals they need. 5000 children a day die from vitamin A defficiency. Golden rice is a GMO developed so that people can get enough vit A in their diet. So why would people interfere with it’s introduction. Or do we not care because they live in SE Asia?

    This link contains a series of lectures done recently at OSU. These people are obviously not part of big ag and trying to solve these problems. You tell me to consider an alternative viewpoint so I want to ask you the same courtesy.

    http://www.biofortified.org/community/forum/genetic-engineering-group3/philosophy-forum2/the-food-for-thought-lecture-series-at-osu-thread371.0/

    Japan, has GMO on the market. They may not grow it, but they don’t grow much of anything. They are a mountainous island nation and manage their land very carefully. But they may have some GMO canola that became established. This happens when you’re trading. We try to mitigate it but sometimes it still happens. Have you heard of the American chestnut? It’s an endangered species because somebody imported a fungus that it was vulnerable to. But there’s efforts to genetically modify it to resist the disease.

    I’m not sure what you mean that the US exports food below cost? I know that Europe is a net importer of food from both the US and South America. And yes, it’s GMO. They use most of it to feed livestock so I don’t see how this is forcing farmers out of business. And yes the US subsidizes farmers to NOT grow crops, because if you produce too much of something, the price drops. Then farmers can’t make enough money the following year to pay the mortgage, the bank forecloses and we starve the following year. I suppose the farmer will use the subsidy to purchase products from big ag so that the subsidy ends up on big ag’s balance sheet, but you can say this about any gov’t funding. We can say that food stamps end up subsidizing Walmart. So what?

    Unfortunately, Putin has decided to opt out of this. Back in Soviet times shelves in stores were empty much of the time so I’m skeptical that Russia can source enough food domestically. Prices have already started to rise and the authorities are pretty much taking a “let them eat cake” attitude about it that the ordinary Russian can tolerate for only so long. History may repeat itself. Right now, Putin can mitigate this with his reserves (about $300 billion when I last checked), but when that runs out, I see rough times ahead.

  5. You had me with the title of your post! I’m sorry I do not have time to read all of your blogs, and don’t have internet time to view any videos – kind of puts a damper on getting the details-from-source that you seek to share – but AH – I remember the child at Rio, and am so glad her life stayed on the same course.

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