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Ethical Land Use

By this, with further predicted rapid increase and with over half the world’s population now living in
poverty, food production is a critical issue.
Farming is a constant battle with the elements, making it, at best, a precarious industry. Yet, while
fuel and other costs continue to rise, prices farmers receive for their produce is kept down by
supermarket monopolies, forcing farmers to take short-cuts, and putting all levels of sustainability at
risk.
Past philosophy has been “get big or get out”. Unfortunately, good agricultural land often exists
only in relatively small pockets of the Earth’s land surface. In parts of Europe many landowners
have now stopped producing food, and have turned instead to bed and breakfast holiday enterprises
catering for affluent city dwellers.
In Texas a recent survey showed that 40% of ranches have switched to game farming. Again, not for
food, but to cater for hunters who can afford to pay. This practice has been occurring in Africa for
years, where the greatest threat to such ventures is poaching by people living in extreme poverty and
desperate for food.
Rainforests in south east Asia and central Africa are now being decimated to produce palm oil. Corn
in America is being looked upon as gold, not as food, but as the ingredient for ethanol production.
Meanwhile Australian farmers are also now looking to produce sugar and cereal crops in order to
remain viable. Again, this is not to produce food for the world’s starving, now estimated at over 500
million, but to meet the lucrative demand for biofuels so that affluent societies can continue to drive
cars and further pollute the atmosphere.
For humanity’s sake, we must move more rapidly towards sustainable living.

John Edwards

One Response

  1. hi, i am bijay. i want to join in it.

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