Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: Island of Organic Produce
- 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@...>concentrated nutrition,weight loss
>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
>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.
> >> 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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