Eating Tomorrow

In Timothy Wise’s Eating Tomorrow, he discusses how farmers in various countries, specifically looking at Malawi, have been able to continue to use sustainable methods of growing food in a world where big businesses and corporations are pushing them to use GMO seeds. These farmers have been able to produce drought-resistant and encouraged the cultivation of rich soil through these various techniques, that have not been manufactured in a lab like the GMO seeds. One of the techniques that are heavily used by these farmers is intercropping. Intercropping is when farmers grow two crops near each other to ensure that the soil is still nutrient-rich. However, major agribusinesses have now begun to move to Africa and use these seeds which then makes it so they are using up native farmer’s land and making it harder for native farmers to sell their goods. These agribusinesses and their techniques are all examples of neocolonialism and are extremely damaging to native farmers.

In the section that centers around Mexico and maize, local farmers are having to fight against the introduction of GM maize to their crops. These farmers are worried about the effects of introducing GM pollen to their “pure” maize.In addition to this, there is little known about the potential affects that GM maize could have on people. However, this worry has not dissuaded the government from allowing agribusinesses into the country and letting them farm on their land. The biggest claim that these agribusinesses, like Monsanto, have to introducing GM maize crops is that it would help being people out of poverty by increasing production. However, what these agribusinesses, and what Wise points out, is that much of the poverty that people in Mexico face is due to unemployment caused by mechanized labor. These GM maize crops that Monsanto is wanting to introduce into Mexico would give way for the Mexican government to regulate the production of maize. This would directly impact food sovereignty, which is farmers main goal. Local farmers have, thus far, been able to prevent Monsanto from introducing GM maize crops into the area, thereby still maintaining food sovereignty.

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