Prince Charles has come to tell America how to farm … interesting.
Personally I’m okay with that, if you stressed to the US that they should stop subsidizing their agriculture… so that the farms OVERproduce..then they tend to dump their product on foreign markest (i.e. Canada’s) at a greatly reduced price. Thereby affecting the livelihood of OUR own farmers because really.. when you’re at the supermarket which appeals to you more: a box of strawberries for $4.50 or the box of US strawberries for $2.85?
However, the article is mostly about haute food culture, organics.. you know the ‘green’ idea of farming now. I have issues with this… and find it slightly ironic that the article calls industrial farming unsustainable. Sure, it can be destructive but.. um.. supply & demand my friend. Let’s use the Dealer analogy. Say food is meth.. and farmers supply this to people.
Would the dealer/farmer have 6 1000 sq. ft meth labs, if there were only a handful of people buying? … think about it. Perhaps things went large for people to go large. It’s hard to determine what came first: obesity or overproduction of food.
Anyway, my point: if you want to get rid of the ‘unsustainable industrial farms’, get ride of the unsustainable consumerism that is constantly growing around the world.
Or, that means, get humans to fight their natural need towards greed and (over?)indulgence.
Good luck with that.
To use a quote from one of my favourite films “The Fog of War”:
“I’m not so naive or simplistic to believe we can eliminate war. We’re not going to change human nature anytime soon.” ~ Robert S. McNamara
WASHINGTON — Prince Charles is in Washington talking about environmentally friendly farming, and he says it’s a change from giving royal wedding toasts.
After greeting students at Georgetown University on Wednesday, Charles spoke passionately about organic and sustainable farming for almost an hour. He made only brief reference to the worldwide hubbub over his son Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton last week. Charles called his remarks “a change from making embarrassing speeches about my eldest son during wedding receptions.”
In his speech, the Prince of Wales criticized government subsidies for large-scale agriculture and encouraged more government and business support for organic and environmentally-friendly food production. The United States spends tens of billions of dollars a year on such subsidies.
Charles, who will meet with President Barack Obama later Wednesday, is in Washington for a three-day visit. On Tuesday, he visited the Supreme Court and an urban farm in Washington. The small farm grows produce for low-income residents.
At Georgetown, he shook hands with students who stood in the heavy rain hoping to get a glimpse of him as he arrived.
He called rising hunger and obesity problems around the world an “increasingly insane picture” and proposed less use of chemical pesticides, artificial fertilizers and antibiotics. He criticized industrial pollution and global dependence on oil.
“The point, surely, is to achieve a situation where the production of healthier food is rewarded and becomes more affordable and that the earth’s capital is not so eroded,” Charles said.
He praised first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to combat childhood obesity and hunger along with U.S. manufacturers’ efforts to produce healthier foods.
“You cannot help but feel hopeful when such huge corporations like Wal-Mart back local sourcing of food and decide to stock their shelves with sustainable or organic produce,” he said. “Industry is clearly listening.”
The heir to Britain’s throne is a firm supporter of environmentalist causes, and runs an organic farm on his Highgrove estate in western England. He has a line of organic foods, Duchy Originals, which donates profits to his charities.