Monday, August 17, 2009

Corporate farming threatens U.S. food security

After reading James Kunstler's latest post (http://kunstler.com/index.html), I couldn't help thinking about how the U.S. is going to feed its population once Peak Oil puts the kabosh on the country's factory food system, which is in a far more precarious state than many realize. According to the USDA, today less than 1% of the U.S. population claims farming as an occupation (and about 2% actually live on farms, compared with 25% in 1930). As if this weren't bad enough, fewer than 50,000 of the 2.2 million U.S. farms account for 50% of all food production! Taken together with the challenges of genetically modified seed stock, biodiversity loss and climate change, the corporatization of farming has dire implications for food security and food sovereignty in the U.S.

Time to plant a garden!

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