Sunday, August 10, 2008

Food sovereignty

How would you like to be told to work like a slave?

A brief history of Argentinean “withholdings” « Machetera
Let me explain…if to have a dairy farm, with cows and milking barn, you have to pay many employees, veterinarians, medicines, etc. and “work like a slave” from dawn in order to clear 200,000 pesos a year, but planting soy, with very few workers and without having to get up at 4 in the morning, clear 600,000 pesos, logically you’re going to kill your cows and dedicate yourself to soy.

So, the way to preserve food sovereignty is to make it so that soy is not such a brilliant business (if the state were to appropriate a large part of the earnings).
Food Sovereignty? What the heck is that? Let's go ask Wikipedia:

Food sovereignty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.

If a person has a right to food, that means they are entitled to have it supplied to them without doing anything to earn it. This is called a Positive Right and implies not only that tax payers have to feed people but supports of Food Sovereignty go further and place restrictions on how that is to be done.

Can anyone seriously defend this sort of policy?

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