[Marxism] Frankenpolitics: The Left defence of GMOs

Greg McDonald gregmc59 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 9 03:39:21 MST 2014

On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 5:05 AM, David P Á <david at miradoiro.com> wrote:

> On 09/01/2014 10:51, Greg McDonald wrote:
> >> Concerns about industrial agriculture as a solution to world hunger are
> >> not new. As author and organic farmer Eliot Coleman points out in an
> >> article for Grist.org, in the 19th century when farming was shifting
> from
> >> small-scale to large, some agriculturists argued “the thinking behind
> >> industrial agriculture was based upon the mistaken premise that nature
> is
> >> inadequate and needs to be replaced with human systems…”
> That's because nature is inadequate and needs to be replaced with human
> systems. Inadequate for what? Human needs, of course. This is a key part
> of Marxism, I would have thought; that we use planning and engineering
> to serve human needs. As Louis quoted the manifesto's planks regarding
> the abolition of the differences between town and country regarding the
> metabolic rift, we can also aduce plank number 7: Extension of factories
> and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into
> cultivation of waste-lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in
> accordance with a common plan.
> You want to have it both ways. As the articles I posted mention,
> industrial agriculture is presently one of the leading causes of the
> decline in biodiversity on the planet. This is not difficult to understand.
> Anytime you treat nature as an enemy to be tamed by "weapons", (not your
> language, I know) other, more serious problems will arise. One of the most
> persistent issues is of course the decline of topsoil. Your last plank
> mentions the problem but does not give a solution.
> Here is how marxists in Cuba are addressing the issue:
> http://permaculturenews.org/2013/09/09/how-cuba-leads-the-world-in-permaculture-podcasts-parts-i-ii/
> ON THE question of being tied to the land, I've worked on agricultural
> organic communes. I've plowed behind a horse and picked root vegetables. I
> only ever worked 3 or 4 hours a day, and it was a lot less boring than
> working on an assembly line.
> Greg
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