Eating Tomorrow

Eating tomorrow touches on the sobering relating of nation’s governments being entranced by agribusiness and the green revolution. The agribusiness industry is focuses on solely their own profit and gains rather than aiding the farmers that provide the sustenance, though they have seemingly convinced everyone otherwise. The first few chapters touch on the adaptation of the Malawi people under the influences of their governments on personal gain and climate change. Many farmers had started use pesticides and herbicides to continue to produce their crops even in the face of either drought or flooding. One of the most impressive stories being the Malawi Miracle which details a struggling community that was able to adapt and change the narrative by using the resources around them and new, innovative techniques to provide food for their communities. The author even touches on the community demonstrating to their president and government the low cost benefits of farming and working with nature, rather than continuously fighting against it. The second half of the reading touched on communities in Mexico continuously pushing for the reduction of genetically mutated (GM) corn being farmed. As the GM corn would threaten the diversity of Maize, the communities believed that it was their right to promote the conservation of the seed’s diversity. However, Mexico , at the time, was a large player in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that had a demanding agriculture sector. My favorite quote from this reading is “the innovation comes from the producers.” As local farmers started to create ways of separating the GM crops from the native maize crops that were in fact thriving and providing the resources needed in the community. Even through this all they were able to convince their government that the GM crops were actually harmful and posed threats to Mexico’s agricultural sector. Both these communities took the conditions of their climates in stride but also fought for their beliefs on what is the best for themselves and their countries when it comes to providing food.

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