I’d rather not be on the rolls of relief,
Or work on the W. P. A.,
We’d rather work for the farmer
If the farmer could raise the pay;
Then the farmer could plant more cotton
And he’d get more money for spuds,
Instead of wearing patches,
We’d dress up in new duds.
Cutti plowing and sowing under the sign of the Cross. From Casel seal of about 1380 B.C..
The report, subtitled Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate, was released today.
Geneva, Switzerland, (18 September 2013)
1. Farming in rich and poor nations alike should shift from monoculture towards greater varieties of crops, reduced use of fertilizers and other inputs, greater support for small-scale farmers, and more locally focused production and consumption of food, a new UNCTAD report recommends.
2. The Trade and Environment Report 2013 recommends a rapid and significant shift away from “conventional, monoculture-based… industrial production” of food that depends heavily on external inputs such as fertilizer, agro-chemicals, and concentrate feed. Instead, it says that the goal should be “mosaics of sustainable regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers and foster rural development.”
The article reads more like a short fiction story. Maybe more like sci-fi in the sense that I’m in total disbelief (?) Check it out here:
bobby should know that I miss him