Farmers Chamber

Szczecin Lecture – 12th June 2013

Notes: “Failing of bigger farms”

“Farmers for Action” Blockade re: milk prices.

Farmers co-operating.

We farmers have one thing in common, no matter what nationality we are, or how big or small are our farms; we recognise that the power of nature is greater than the power of man. That our ability to provide the food that ends on the nation’s table is as dependent upon the powers beyond our control, as upon our skills as growers. We have an unbreakable contract with nature and it’s that contract with nature that binds us farmers in ways which are difficult for others to understand. But if we should break that contract, and use our powers to try to force nature to bend to our will, then she will take revenge and we will end up as slaves.

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Genetically modified Seeds – Global Threat to Farmer Independence

Julian Rose –
Krakow GM conference, October 16th 2008

Seeds are the first expression of life – and the first link in the food chain. Whoever controls seeds controls the food chain and therefore controls the eating habits of entire nations right across the globe. Controlling eating habits, by extension, also means manipulating the physical, mental and spiritual health of mankind as a whole.

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International Resistance to the the Modification and Control of Life

Resistance comes in three shades: passive, occasionally active and active.
The corporate and political powers who aim to take a controlling influence over the food chain count on the majority of civil resistance being of a passive ‘dumbed down’ nature. They can tolerate a certain amount of ‘occasionally active’ interference in their master plan, but they do not tolerate genuinely active resistance. So those of us who hammer continuously on genetically modified corporate doors are monitored, harassed and generally marginalised by the prevailing ’status quo’ and its media poodles.

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Saving the seeds of hoper – banning the seeds of despair

I thank you for the opportunity of speaking on this special occasion.

There could hardly be a more important issue confronting not just farmers, but the whole of society, than the subject of this meeting: how to grow adequate food and produce adequate energy without the aid of rapidly diminishing and highly polluting fossil fuels. And the reason why it is so important is because: this is not a concern for the future -it is the reality at this very moment. The transition from a 250 year old fossil fuel powered society to a genuinely sustainable renewable energy fuelled society is to be achieved in less than 25 years -if we are to avoid an ultimate meltdown of most of what sustains our present planetary ecology. That is not my prognosis but the increasingly broadcast view of the majority of professional climatologists from all around the world.

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Local Solutions to Global Problems

by Julian Rose

Plenary speech at the First Congress on Organic Agriculture, Istanbul. Oct. 20th 2007

Introduction: At an unprecidented time of global upheaval and change, it is surprising to find many solutions exist right in our own back-yards. The most stark example centers upon food and energy production. In post industrial nations, food and energy needs are controled by transnational corporations determined to exact a profitable return on their investments and to control of the mass market.
But this leads to the disenfranchisement of local communities accustomed to retaining food sovereignity over the means of production of both these primary necessities. Fast fading oil supplies and the need to greatly reduce our global warming carbon footprints, mean that localized ‘community control’ of renewable and sustainable resources suddenly looks like the best bet.
It is also the logical way to establish a properly balanced and sustainable social, environmental and economic equilibrium within society.

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Waking up to the water crisis

This year, throughout Europe – and beyond – countries are struggling to come to terms with high summer temperatures and a serious lack of rainfall. In many cases water supplies have dropped to their lowest recorded levels, with rivers and streams flowing at a fraction of their normal volumes and lakes and reservoirs suffering the consequences. Crops have struggled to reach maturity and some have failed completely. This is a dramatic situation the implications of which cannot be ignored, especially since this is not a short term variation, but a trend in line with scientific predictions of the effects of global warming. Under these conditions water conservation is no longer a question of choice, it is a necessity. Proposals to privatise, commodify and globalise the planet’s remaining fresh water supplies must be resisted and reversed.

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Genetically Modified Energy

Seeds of Destruction in the Polish Countryside.

The Bio-Fuel Act, in the process of being adopted by the Polish Parlaiment , is a potentially poisoned gift to the Polish Countryside. Under the guise of promoting a clean, environmentally friendly fuel, the act will, in reality, encourage the widespread use of agrichemicals and open the door for the production of genetically modified crops.

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After the referendum

ICPPC has, since its inception in 2000, worked to develop a wide ranging level of support to protect the unique values and qualities of the Polish countryside. We have lobbied both nationally and internationally, held conferences and seminars, published articles and pamphlets and spoken on both radio and television. We have visited farming communities in many Polish regions and, on every occasion, urged them to cooperate and work together both for their own well being and security and for the future of the Polish countryside. We have consistently warned of the severe problems which other countries have experienced after becoming members of the European Union – and of the particular vulnerability of the Polish farming community, given the extremely disadvantageous terms of the accession treaty.

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