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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Island of Organic Produce

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  • aus ma56
    AMEN Sean! its time to stop the abuse of countries for greed s sake and its time to teach them full blown self-sustainability!! ... concentrated
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 1 1:36 PM
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      AMEN Sean!
      its time to stop the abuse of countries for greed's sake and its time to
      teach them full blown self-sustainability!!

      >From: "Sean Phelan" <yahoo@...>
      >Reply-To: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      >To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
      >CC: <rtrevert@...>,<phelane@...>
      >Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Island of Organic Produce
      >Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2002 11:21:23 -0400
      >This one makes me nervous.
      >From everything I've seen and read, whenever these small countries start
      >trying to "do business" with the west, it ultimately ends in their ruin:
      >1) They make good money with some cash crop
      >2) They start buying the food they need from somewhere else.
      >3) Excess supply eventually drives the price down on their "cash crop"
      >4) They now have much less income, but still have to buy their food.
      >5) Reacting to the new poverty, they buy the con from the IMF/WTO/WB that
      >they need to "invest in their infrastructure"
      >6) They borrow money to build new roads and phone lines.
      >7) Nothing changes, but now they're indebted
      >8) Again, the IMF/WTO/WB comes in and tells them - "You need to repay your
      >debts now, we're going to start structuring your finances ... Oh, and you
      >need to enourage foreign investment to get some money into your economy"
      >9) The austerity programs start to cut back social programs, making life
      >even harder for the normal residents
      >10) Finally, the big multinational companies come in, buy the land for a
      >song, and destroy it, either by clearcutting for wood, or stripmining, or
      >something else that's equally deadly.
      >11) They are now completely screwed - trapped in being a third-world
      >country, and locked into being a low-cost resource supplier for the
      >1st-world (so that we can have cheap TV sets)
      >You could call it "11 steps to ruin".
      >If it was up to me, I'd rather see it go like this:
      >1) We help them improve their organic/natural/urban/sustainable agriculture
      >programs with the goal of 100% self-sufficiency for all their basic needs -
      >grain, fruits/veg, meats, dairy, etc. (They can import delicacies if they
      >want, but in hard times they won't be missed)
      >2) If they have extra land/labor, by all means they can grow some exports,
      >and use the money for infrastructure improvements, but these improvements
      >should come out of cash-in-hand.
      >3) We then promote them as a working model for the rest of Latin America,
      >show other third-world countries could be self-sufficient without all the
      >foreign aid/investment.
      >I'll call this one "3 steps to prosperity"
      >Philosophically, you may not agree, but at least as an American, we really
      >wouldn't be so bad off if our TV sets cost twice as much - we'd just have
      >half as many, or make them last twice as long.
      >Sean P
      > >> Message: 5
      > >> Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 21:15:48 -0700 (PDT)
      > >> From: Zack Domike <arcada888@...>
      > >> Subject: Island of Organic Produce
      > >>
      > >> Hello All,
      > >> Last week, Mark Nickum wrote about organics in Cuba,
      > >> and certification. I would like to ask for suggestions
      > >> to help commercialize another island that is
      > >> potentially a ripe organic paradise.
      > >>
      > >> The island of Chiloe is about 60 km by 150 km,
      > >> relatively underpopulated. It is located in the rural
      > >> south of Chile, a geographical mirror of Vancouver
      > >> Island, British Columbia, Canada. Access to the
      > >> island is exclusively by ferry.
      > >>
      > >> Traditional farming is low tech. Until now, very
      > >> little chemicals or industrial fertilizers have
      > >> reached the island.
      > >>
      > >> A group has tried to get the locals moving on selling
      > >> through an organic group. Chileans are woefully
      > >> distrustful, so that went nowhere. It also
      > >> requires certification of each individual farm at
      > >> US$500 each.
      > >>
      > >> Exports are the best hard-currency option for Chile,
      > >> and the government is generally a promoter of exports.
      > >> Organic produce commands a premium price. Here is a
      > >> terrific possibility that can be
      > >> developed with the right Non-GOvernmental Organization
      > >> (NGO) push. Perhaps you know which NGO can take this
      > >> on at the provincial government
      > >> level . . .
      > >>
      > >> Imagine an island that has a gov't mandate to promote
      > >> organic (status quo) production! Chiloe Organico - a
      > >> marketer's dream! This can sell aligned with
      > >> the traditional tales of island magic and mermaids.
      > >>
      > >> So do you know of a
      > >> Ford-Foundation-Fulbright-plausible NGO that wants
      > >> some glossy
      > >> grant proposal? If a big name NGO appears, it may
      > >> sway the politicians to support this kind of
      > >> certification-for-the-whole-island!
      > >>
      > >> Hope it strikes a chord,
      > >> Zachary

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