Not only are big concentrated animal feeding operation’s (CAFO) contributing to environmental decline but they are not helping with food security. And neither is all that GM corn and rice. While the “U.N.-led 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” which launched in September 2015 wants you to think that it will take another 15 years before we make any substantial progress, the Government of Bolivia has called bully.
By investing $40 million to support small and medium farmers in food production, the “Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Agriculture, Marisol Solano, stated that over 20 food security projects are already underway across the country, with financial support so far being given to breeding livestock and fish farming, as well as increasing the production of crops like potatoes, tomatoes, wheat, vegetables, coffee, and cocoa.”1
And they plan to be entirely self-sufficient by 2020.
By enhancing local capacities, the South American country has been able to increase food production by 25 percent since 2014.
And, the extra step of “reducing or halting imports”1 will also help improve livelihoods of local farmers and businesses, as well as cut down on emissions.
Can you imagine what would happen in this country if farmers could farm again? What would it be like if Big Ag didn’t own everyone and generations of families who had previously loved and farmed their land, could do it once more? What if the government encouraged people to start community gardens or normalized growing our own food? What would our cities and neighborhoods look like? And how much less would we have to worry about food instability?
What do you think?