Target: Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Goal: Demand that the incompetence of the compromised USDA be remedied by the oversight of Permaculturists.
The oversimplification and mechanization of our food production is killing our soil and forcing farmers to use increasingly dangerous pesticides. Polycultures, which are stable because their diversity mimics nature, have been replaced by fragile monocultures. Monoculture is favored by big agriculture business because its simplicity is necessary in order for agriculture to be mechanized. But this comes at a cost.
With monoculture, pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers are a given. These kill the soil ecology, pollute our food, and pollute our environment. This causes the accumulation of salts in the soil, which, in turn, causes desertification and soil erosion. This can be observed in the Southwest U.S. The rest of the nation is not far behind. Rather than admit the failure of trying to turn fields into some unholy petri dish/assembly line hybrid, the policymakers of the U.S. have turned to GMO technology in hopes of pushing back the immanent collapse of the system just a little further.
But altering the genetic makeup of our crops so that they can withstand ever-increasing doses of chemicals isn’t going to improve our food security. A quick look at a web search of the terms “USDA” + “GMO” shows that, rather than using simple common sense, the USDA is fully committed to rationalizing their bad policy by throwing cash at studies that aren’t really even designed to address the fundamental issues.
Furthermore, at this point in the hyper-industrialization of our nation’s agriculture, it is unlikely that policy is being shaped by anything other than the outcomes big corporate players, like the manufacturers of petrochemicals and GE crops, are paying for. You can bet that they’re investing in financial returns, not the health, well-being, or future of the people.
Demand that your public servants at the USDA prove their allegiance to the people by deferring to qualified Permaculture consultants in deciding policy and allocating funds. Sign the petition today.
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
Monoculture methods of industrial agriculture have resulted in vast tracts of land, in the U.S. and abroad, becoming barren and inarable. This is because with monoculture, pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers are a given. These kill the soil ecology, pollute our food, and pollute our environment. They cause the accumulation of salts in the soil, which, in turn, causes desertification and soil erosion. The rest of our nation isn’t far behind if we don’t drastically alter our approach to food production.
But instead of shifting gears and moving toward sustainable polyculture methods of food production, the USDA has only shown its commitment to using technology and science to attempt to buffer us from the consequences of our lack of reverence for nature. The wholesale endorsement of GE food crops is a good example of this.
Common sense should inform one that altering the genetic makeup of our crops so that they can withstand greater levels of toxicity is not a viable solution. That the USDA has made no such determination despite global outcry against such practices clearly demonstrates its incompetence to act in the best interests of the people. Whether this incompetence is due to a well-intentioned stupidity or to the USDA allowing itself to become beholden to the financial interests of lobbyists and corporations, I do not know. What I do know is that it is your duty to serve the people of these United States and we are not happy with your performance.
Since all of the USDA’s policy over the past decades has been geared toward nothing but preserving the status quo, which is suicide, I must insist that the USDA confer all power to advise policy and allocate funding to a team of qualified Permaculture consultants who are committed to following Permaculture ethics and Permaculture design directives. This is the only way to reclaim our nation’s health, safety, food security, and future.
I am well aware that those with power are generally reluctant to forfeit it. However, you should be warned that, should you fail to fully submit your ambitions to the oversight of those who are qualified to act in the best interests of the people, the people will take that power back themselves.
[Your Name Here]
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