“Eating Tomorrow”

I found that the introduction really hooks you in as a reader for example the in depth about the city of Mozambique’s and their temperatures and agricultural situation just due to these conditions. From our point of views you wonder how they are going to grow any crops in this climate in South Africa but “The women who lead Marracuene’s 7,000-member farmer associations seemed undaunted. They had their own climate adap­tation strategies, and those did not involve using more fossil fuels or growing monocultures of commercial seeds. They had improved their own preferred vitamin-rich, drought-tolerant maize variety.” This shows how many places have to strategize and work harder to be able to provide for their towns and their own families. On the other hand they have to be okay with eating the plants that do grow in these conditions. I think this part of the introduction was interesting to me because it was mainly ran by women! The fact that they are getting no resources/help from the government addressing climate conditions and global warming. Just looking at how much work they do and they are being encouraged to basically change their whole family farming after doing this for so long to use genetically modified items and shows how different developing world countries are compared to the US. The fact that the government isn’t addressing global warming but trying to force these small farming families to be controlled by the government.

Throughout the rest of the reading such as the agribusiness deception how it is a “win-win” but in reality there is only one true winner which is the agribusiness that dominates the seeds, fertilizers and other farm inputs which is interesting because in reality these family farmers have no control but they have so much power into making these policy-makers that they are completely all for the agriculture businesses but they want maximum production and then that forces farmer prices to go lower. Overall there is only one winner in these situations.

Overall this reading was very eye-opening diving into the family farmers around the world, and the deception that what needs to be talked about relating to the future food and the large corporations trying to make every penny they can even if it hurts these family farmers.

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