The Seeds of Agroecology and Common Ownership

Todhunter, Colin
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/10/the-seeds-of-agroecology-and-common-ownership/
http://www.colintodhunter.com/2017/10/the-seeds-of-agroecology-and-common.html

Publisher:  Countercurrents.org
Date Written:  09/10/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21650

With platitudes about 'feeding the world', the corporate agribusiness/agritech industry is destroying the commons and democracy and displacing existing localised systems of food production. In fact the increasingly globalised industrial food system is responsible for some of the most pressing political, social and environmental crises we are facing.

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Excerpt: Whether it involves the undermining or destruction of what were once largely self-sufficient agrarian economies in Africa or the devastating impacts of soy cultivation in Argentina or palm oil production in Indonesia, transnational agribusiness and global capitalism cannot be greenwashed.

In their rush to readily promote neoliberal dogma and corporate PR, many take as given that profit-driven transnational corporations have a legitimate claim to be custodians of natural assets. There is the premise that water, seeds, land, food, soil and agriculture should be handed over to powerful, corrupt transnational corporations to milk for profit, under the pretence these entities are somehow serving the needs of humanity.