Bez+ wrote: - it is far more important to realize what USED to be grown here and is now imported...
....what I am saying is that we can no longer feed ourselves without imports.
..Essentially the video is saying this - Ag is in danger because it is being paved over - built on and commodity pricing are driving people out of the business.
We are in danger of becoming at the mercy of those who control food.
Several examples in third world countries - Sudan, Etheopia and Somalia
controlling food production means power -
Any country that cannot feed itself cannot determine its own destiny without ASKING permission or paying the country that controls the food. This is the real point. And it is close to happening.
Imports of common food stuffs means we are not producing enough.
And THAT is what I took away from the video.
To a certain extent these are points I have tried to make, to anyone who will participate in such conversation, in my daily life. Most of the time it falls on deaf ears. It scares me. I remember as a child what a large role agriculture played in the USA. Now.....not so much. I have watched farm after farm become housing developments, dairy after dairy close up shop.
In the meantime, yes, interest in 'organics' has increased but I do have to agree that the average shopper that I come across in my small town buys the "cheapest" food they can find whether it is imported or local stuff 'on sale'. Just this evening a friend of ours commented that he doesn't buy from local farm-stands or any other such places because he can get it cheaper at WalMart or the grocery store.
Live each day as if it were your last.