This brief article is a highlight in and of itself! Especially note:
The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food has reported that ecological farming can double food production with in 10 years. This is the kind of agriculture we should be investing in.
We have enough food to go around now. We must finally recognize that hunger is a problem of poverty and access to resources, especially land, not agricultural yield.
Finally, here in the U.S., kick the farm lobby out of Congress and the pesticide industry out of our federal regulatory agencies (EPA & USDA). Together, these two special interests have a choke hold on U.S. farm, aid and trade policy, and dominate our agricultural research agenda in ways that make it possible for a smart man like Bill Gates to believe and proselytize on behalf of an approach to agriculture that A, the rest of the world knows is defunct; and B, has failed—after 14 years of commercialization and billions of dollars in public research funding—to deliver on a single one of its promises to the public.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Speech given by Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse at the Washington state legislature hearings on redefining marriage. Excellent logic and insight. The chaotic effects of "No-Fault Divorce" and the "Sexual Revolution" continue to snowball out of control in our culture, and now another destabilizing factor enters. Some highlights include:
I am here today to address those of you who have already made up your minds to redefine marriage. History will not be kind to you. Previous generations of social experimenters have caused unimaginable misery for millions of people. Particular people advocated the policies that led to today’s 50% divorce rate and 40% out of wedlock childbearing rate. None of these people has ever been held accountable.
Mountains of data show that children do need their mothers and their fathers, and that children care deeply about biological connections.It is ludicrous to believe that we would feel the full impact of such a change in a few years. It will take at least a generation, a full thirty years or more, before the full effects of redefining marriage work themselves out throughout the social system.
How many generations will it take to reverse the damage, assuming our culture survives?