Now My Family Starves; Is Your Family Next?
"Hunger, lack of opportunity, poverty, unhappy people—they make war; they make revolutions" Eleanor Roosevelt.
Recently, a 26 year-old Tunisian man doused himself in paint thinner and set it on fire. Mohamed Bouazizi, had a small vegetable and fruit stand. He could no longer pay the corrupt-bribes to the government to keep his little business.
This act sparked the government to be overthrown in Tunisia and has caused mass protests in Egypt , Yemen and Lebanon. Another man in Egypt repeated the self-immolation. Desperate circumstances create desperate consequences. Hunger, starvation and malnutrition should not be taken lightly.
Extreme regulations and unfair imports are putting a stranglehold on the little US food producers-small farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Why is our government refusing to let the small food providers stay in business? They continue to make more rules but they won't uphold the ones we have. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Magnuson-Stevens Act and our human rights are being misconstrued or ignored.
The Golden Rule is-the men with the gold, makes the rules. These rules always benefit themselves.
Wall St. manipulates food commodities. The investors/banksters make money and people starve. Wheat, rice, oranges, etc. sit in a warehouse while value is controlled not by supply and demand but by buy and sell.
Michael Milken, the infamous junk bonds guy has met with investor's on the possibility of buying and selling future fish-"Catch and Trade". NOAA/NMFS claims this is the answer to their poor management woes. No one should be gifted our resources. Investor's will be better stewards of our fish resources? These management measures continue the tradition (sins) of wasting fish. By-catch persists compounded by high-grading, black market selling and price dumping. Outrageous!
The media sure has bought the false crisis of no US fish. According to them the fish are all gone. The only problem; many, many US fishermen are all gone too. Makes you question their knowledge, integrity or possible conflict of interest. Just like the ENGO's solution- get rid of the sustainable small guys and reward the biggest,richest and greediest. This doesn't make sense unless you follow the money.
The few fishermen left really love their job. Why else would we risk our lives? That's the beauty of "Catch Shares"-it is a much safer fishery (sarcasm). The investor's are safe at their desks, bars, homes, or beaches and the "sharecropper" labor force risk their lives. The fishermen make less because of leasing (renting), observer, and recovery costs. The dream of owning your own boat is extinguished and the town's burn.
Clean water and food is the most important human right. Yet both are being knowingly and sometimes intentionally poisoned. Pesticides, fluoride, oil, dispersants, chemicals, preservatives, drugs and industrial wastes are polluting what sustains us.
We have to let the people in charge know- we need to start enforcing the ultimate law -clean water and food for everybody. In doing this you gain spiritual growth-love, sharing and caring is food for your soul.
Attention politicians: . No Fish Catch Shares-stop Wall St from starving our people. No food monopolies-diversity leads to sustainability. We need jobs not foodstamps.
Do not let the greed-mongers destroy our food and water. Power, control and money have gone to their head. Don't wait until your family is hungry. Perhaps, they think-let them eat cake?
Enough is enough!
"The freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat" Eleanor Roosevelt
http://www.facesofhunger.org/ Please watch the winning videos in the hunger in America contest '09.
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/07/02-1 How Goldman Sachs gambled on starvation
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6465E220100507 2010 US foodstamps