NEW YORK, December 2, 2011 ― Occupy Wall Street was born out of a legitimate frustration with the collusion between Big Business and elected officials of the U.S. government. And nowhere is that collusion so great as in food and agricultural production: Four corporations control 84% of beef packing and 66% of pork production, and one company (Monsanto) controls more than 93% of soybeans and 80% of corn grown in the U.S.
“One sized fits all legislation” has continued to ramp up in the last couple of years, favoring large agribusiness and industrial factory farming complexes. This subsequently has put organics, food buying clubs, and small farms on thin ice.
Documentaries such as “Farmageddon” have chronicled the strong arm raids on peaceful farmers and the pillaging of Venice Beach organic, private food-buying club, Rawesome foods, during which officers arrived with weapons drawn and illegally destroyed tens of thousands of dollars of products when the warrant clearly stated “only various samples of any food products present may be taken for laboratory analysis”
At the same time Congress was bowing to corporate influence by fighting reforms to the children’s lunch programs and declaring pizza (well, tomato paste) a vegetable!
Because of this, if anyone should be marching with Occupy Wall Street, it should be the farmers, foodies, and mothers who rely on farm fresh foods to keep their families healthy- And that day has come.
The Farmers March- Occupy Wall Street- December 4th 2-6 pm.
Join Occupy Wall Street Farmers, community gardeners, food workers, and activists on Sunday, December 4, on Wall Street for dialogue, solidarity and solutions to corporate control of the food system. The event will take place from 2 to 6 pm, with a lineup of farmers and food reform speakers who will speak out against the abuse of corporate power and how it impacts our food supply.
2:00 PM Public gathering and panel discussion at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden 632-650 E. 9th Street, (btwn Avenues B & C)
4:00 PM March towards Wall Street! Zuccotti Park (aka Liberty Plaza) b/w Broadway, Trinity Place, Liberty Street and Cedar Street
5:00 PM Circle of Solidarity and Seed Swap at Zuccotti Park
Speakers will include:
Jim Gerritsen - Maine based farmer who was named one of 20 world visionaries by Utne Reader in 2011 and is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against Monsanto.
Karen Washington - Founder of City Farms Market and board member at NYC based organization “Just Food”
Severine von Tscharner - Food advocate and producer of the film “Green Horns”, profiling young farmer entrepreneurs.
Jalal Sabur - Founding member of the Freedom Food Alliance and advocate working on the alliance of black urban communities with black rural farmers.
Andrew Faust - World renowned permaculture expert and educator.
For more information and exact locations, go to the Food Democracy Now! Page
To learn more about the stated issues, please check out these past Omkara World articles: Farmageddon: The Unseen War on Americas Farms
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