I find politics, war, life sciences and social science fascinating, among other things, such as advocacy and media; basically I am a total ag nerd. This morning I was resting after the Holiday; as working while sick with the flu and trying to enjoy the holidays with my family took its toll. I recharged by reading and watching a movie which detailed President Lincoln’s push to amend the Constitution of the United States and bring equality too all under the law. Some battles are worth fighting for…I say this again there are “Battles worth Fighting for” and the food fights we’re experiencing is one. Food and Farmer Equality is important, to divide our farmers based on crop choice or farming method and force them to defend their life’s chosen work offends me to my core. I often hear how one type of food production or farming is better than the other, no sorry they are equal. One is not better than another, they are just different; none are immune to disaster or death.
I heard our local Council members justify why they voted again to support a bad bill. One Council member related a very personal story of farming from her youth and using pesticides, yet she is choosing to not support local farmers, punishing today’s farmers because she of her beliefs. Why not ask farmers? Some politicians seem stuck in a vacuum and refuse any attempt to educate them on the bigger picture and actually have the conversation. Choosing to stay wrapped in their self-imposed cocoon of perception and myths. I get it, it’s easy to get all wrapped up in perception, and social sites like Facebook make it easy to think your listening to the majority when you’re only listening to those whom agree with you. Have you challenged yourself lately? Have you challenged a politician or thought leader on why they think the way they do, can they defend their position rationally without fear or name calling? I wonder do they really fear #FoodEquality , why must they continue to regulate market share with bad farming bills that support fear propaganda versus #FoodFacts. The conversation for farmers and food is broader and more complicated than some local politicians seem to understand.
If we look at war, politics and activism then blend it up in a social shake, what are we left with if people, politicians and our thought leaders do no ask themselves the right questions? Have they examined their assumptions correctly? Euclid is fascinating and although mostly related to mathematics, I do believe it crosses over to many areas. STEM is a fundamental building block of society, we cannot make laws that ignore our foundation.
Things which are equal to the same thing are also equal to one another ~ Euclid
This is an important quote in my mind. Science has proven that gmo seeds and crops produced with biotechnology or through improved seed varieties are the equivalent of their non gmo counterparts. Thousands of studies have shown no harm. A gmo, or seed improved through technology is the same as an heirloom seed, although they are different varieties and produce different results. Seeds are chosen for specific reasons and goals in mind. Isn’t it about time for “Food and Farm Equality” why are we tolerating forms of social foodism’s to divide our family, friends and communities based on fear versus facts?
If you feel you would rather all of this just go away, sorry to tell you, it’s not going away anytime soon. If you join the conversation and get educated and informed that will help. Not passing on myths also helps. Social media promotes all information, so please fact check and speak out when you see the myths being promoted. Chocolate milk does not come from brown cows. Hawaii’s imported milk is raised on feed stocks grown from improved varieties same as our dairy on Big Island. Yet some local politicians would have you believe supporting our only liquid milk producer is bad. More on milk soon, as it’s a post all on its own. Please do not think yourself immune from these battles for the activists are not content with just food and farmers they have found that farmers and agriculture were the low hanging fruit. If you’re in tourism or any commercialized industry it is just a matter of time before they come after your work and freedom of choice.
Speak with Aloha, let your voice shine and share your stories as they must be heard otherwise politicians set laws for the vocal minority. This stops #Foodism in its tracks. There is no valid reason to not support #Food and #FarmEquality… At least in my humble opinion.