We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dupont, Monsanto, and Obama Versus the World’s Family Farmers

from Organic Consumers Association. 

The author puts things in perspective from an organic food point of view, and takes on Obama's cozy relationship with agribusinesses that places the latter in the driver's seat in determining food and farming policies. Also see this.