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Organic Farming - One Of The Best Alternatives To End Global Warming, Climate Change And Environmental Destruction

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Chemically-based farming for the poisoning of soil, environment and our food for the interest and profit of the multinational chemical corporations under the present unjust financial-economic system is a crime against humanity!

Our farmer's motto is: "SAVE LIFE, HEALTH AND PROTECT OUR PLANET -- PROMOTE NATURAL & ORGANIC ALTERNATIVES" in support to economic alternatives, monetary reform and proposals, for the survival of the poor Filipino families and children in our region.

We are hoping that we share the common central objectives, projects and alternatives in building a sustainable life through organic farming especially for the economically marginalized poor farmers in our human community.

We also hope that we can explore a more combination of our efforts and initiatives towards the success of organic farming in our countries, poverty alleviation, security and economic democracy for the poor organic farmers and may other farmers in the whole world be freed themselves from the tragedy of chemically-based and intensive farming that only cause poisoning of soil, environment, our food leading to tremendous health problems with difficult cure and expensive medicines that only in fact for the benefit of chemical and drug industries and tycoons.

It is an irony that most of our Filipino farmers now in the villages cannot plant rice, corn, vegetables and fruit trees without, as being conditioned, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals that they borrow in advance at interest from chemical agricultural stores and suppliers -- the agents of multinational chemical companies. Because of brainwashing of chemical companies and aggravated by the constant pressures on money problem for survival, most farmers here forget the organic farming, which is the most safest and better for health. If there are no chemicals for planting, they have no farming jobs, because they depend on chemicals and as a result, there is no employment and therefore there is no money for the survival of their families and of course contribute to tragedy of poverty. Some farmers because of chemically-based farming bankruptcy due to debts, sell their land and instead do businesses in the town or city selling artificial foods and other consumption products (also cause health problems to consumers) for immediate income. But many of these Filipino farmers who have turned town-city businessmen do not usually last long; in fact oftentimes suffer the same bankruptcy and a litany of miseries afterwards. In our keen observation and even from the experiences of our poor family farming members, relatives and friends in the villages, the chemical companies for chemicalised intensive farming are not interested to health and survival of the poor Filipino farmers, but purely PROFIT. They are only marginalizing the poor farmers, in fact, killing them. One of the major causes of POVERTY in the Philippines is Environmental Problem or Deterioration.

There is a constant environmental deterioration or exploitation because of monetary pressure under the present defective-debt-based-economic and chemicalised farming. Of course there are other underlying causes of environmental destruction. But we want to dwell on directly to the cruel effects of intensive or chemicalised farming.

The chemicals have destroyed the natural fertility of our Philippine soil. Farmers don't want or can't plant without chemicals. Farmers are already 'chemical addicts'. And as a result is the fact of destroying our environment and poisoning our body that lead to tremendous health problems such as cancer and other degenerative/autoimmune diseases. What a crime?

Chemicalised poisoning-environmentally-destructive farming for profit-oriented motives of the multinational chemical corporations have terribly destroyed, discouraged and despaired ORGANIC FARMING AGRICULTURE in the countryside, particularly in the villages, making the lives of the poor Filipino farmers and their families MISERABLY UNSUSTAINABLE THAN EVER. Millions of poor Filipino farmers are shackled and pressured to keep their plantations, rice fields, cornfields (owned or rented or by tenancy) UNDER DEBTS FOR HERBICIDES, PESTICIDES AND ARTIFICIAL FERTILISERS.

Increasing numbers of Filipino farmers in the village are sick, under or mal or lack of nourishment, and in fact, suffering some serious diseases like cancer of the skin, lungs, nostrils and even blindness or other degenerative diseases. But alas without any health aid, insurance or any forms of government assistance/support nor any commiseration or any sympathy from these multinational chemical corporations.

And as our Philippine soil and environment is destroyed and toxic-stricken that contaminates our food, it is usually followed by the growing strange illnesses among the inhabitants -- where most of the diseases are very risky, life threatening, if not impossible to cure, but very difficult and costly to cure. Most of the poor Filipino farmers cannot afford for medical treatment either through complementary/alternative medicines or traditional medicines. And so, the result is the increasing death rates among the poor Filipino farmers without any assistance from the government, without any justice and security to their impoverished poor family members and children left behind. These are some of the ironic side-effects of the chemicalised farming: Poisoning the environment, the poor farmers and the consumers with the diseases terribly increasing in numbers, bringing us down into the dungeon of miseries and financial calamities. Multinational chemical corporations like global mega-bankers, as profit-oriented and sucking billions of profit annually, do not care the miserable plight of these poor and sick Filipino farmers and their groaning and moaning families in hopelessness. It is very unfortunate that Philippine Dept. of Agriculture's Annual budget is only allocated for chemicalised farming subsidizing the government-controlled chemicalised farming schools, colleges and mega-projects, but without any assistance or encouragement to save the Philippine natural soil fertility through environmentally good organic farming.

The crucial question is: How can we persuade the Philippine government to turn our farming into total organic method? One multinational chemical company in the world named MONSANTO on herbicides, etc., is very influential in the Philippine government departments and officials, to almost Filipino scientists, agriculturists and economists for the promise of high yields. Its latest trick in the Philippines is to convince the farmers, and the government is to put native crops into instinct and instead patronize GM crops.

There was a report that American taxpayers are forced to fund Monsanto's poisoning of the third-world people by promoting chemically-based farming and GM products. Government policies, programs, projects due to internal and external pressures on agriculture or vested interest, are most of the times favorable to MEGA-INTEREST of these multinational chemical/ drug companies or poisoning companies destroying the environment, soil and health of the native inhabitants, astutely and adroitly clamoring for foods, health and hope but actually and evidently poison, disease and death and despair to Flipino people and to all third world inhabitants and to planet's environment.

Genetically modified organisms or GMO or artificial foods or artificially grown foods are a racketeering industry. It is surely for the profit of these poisoning companies killing innocent lives and families. Imagine what a damned thing to brainwash poor Filipino and third-world farmers towards death of organic farming. To set aside native plants or seeds or crops and be replaced by artificial plants or chemically-based food growing and abusive animal raising is a crime against humanity. GMO cannot solve hunger, poverty and economic insecurity in the Philippines and in the third world. GMO is not for justice. It is not for the poor. It is not for farmers. It is all about profit and monopoly on farming for the mega-profit and interest of the greedy tycoons of the multinationals and ultimately for the long-term or even lifetime destruction of the environment in which the next Filipino and third-world generations will, for certain, suffer tremendously. And despite or in spite of the promises on prosperity and alleviation from poverty, Philippine farming has been in the holocaust of torturous and disappointing situation. There are around 15-20 million, currently increasing in numbers, Filipino farmers in dreadful poverty, under the very vicious cycle of nightmarish economic crisis and political tomfoolery in the countryside.

The Philippine government economic and political policies are mostly favorable to chemically-based farming but smugly ignoring organic farming as ancient and non-productive and non-profitable way of industry. It must be admitted that the Philippine government and the Filipino people are helplessly deceived and obsessed, mesmerized, bamboozled and misled in a greater degree by delusive, false hopes and empty promises of the international bankers and multinational chemical corporations on its economic direction-almost no more direction"!

Many Filipino farmers are still landless, asset less, penniless, homeless, and hopeless and to some, tremendously disease-stricken without any assistance from the government or any help from the local, national and international aid agencies.

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I am 45 year old Filipino guy, married, a freelance writer, a local newspaper columnist, author, an organic farming campaigner, a campaigner for life, family, justice and reforms, with love and compassion and justice for all humanity, working (more...)

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