nancy sutton wrote:
Has the glaring inequity of this system been explained to any of your legislative representatives? And their response is? Do they admit to the strangle hold that the super-successful 1% has on the political process?
Dale here.(For some reason I can't write inside one of these boxes without everything turning blue) problem solved. Thanks Pam
The problem is that agribusiness has convinced government that this is a good idea. Apparently the fact that no one is starving is evidence of a well-managed system. They constantly bring up the idea of supply management. Everything is geared to market stability. But it's also geared to keeping the vast majority out of us out of the farming business. There's also bureaucratic infrastructure. Hundreds of useless people feed at the public trough in order to manage the quota system. They would not enjoy the prospect of having to produce something other than inefficiency and inequity of opportunity.
In many rural areas a large number of suicides are related to farm debt. Obviously the cost of all of this quota increases the chances of someone becoming overwhelmed.
Although this should be dealt with simply as a rights issue I suspect it would be easier to get some mileage out of the next unfortunate personal event related to the excessive cost.
Although the law prescribes all manner of punishment, in practice people don't end up going to jail for breaching the quota system. Instead they are punished financially. If we had hundreds of innocent people rotting in jail that could become a hot political potato. But people who have become bankrupted because they broke the law just don't have the same media appeal.
I would like to propose that a coalition of Canadian farmers get together and rent a patch of land to break these rules on. That way the chicken police or potato police could only seize the crops and not the land. I think if enough people decided to openly flaunt the law during a properly conducted media campaign the entire system could be brought down.
Remember when Gandhi led all those people to the ocean to make salt? We are being denied the ability to grow food. Food is every bit as important as salt.(I've deleted all that stuff about unguarded assets in order to avoid deletion). If enough of us protested this state of affairs we could overwhelm their ability to respond.
Thank you: where is Gandhi when you need him? I'd even settle for Rambo.
Dale Hodgins wrote:
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There is a large organic gardening and farming presence in many areas of Canada and I would say it is strongest in coastal British Columbia where I live. They are well organized and they have had some success in lobbying government and have thus received the occasional scrap from the corporate table.
Have you found any precedence for exception/loopholes to these regulations? Sounds like the little fish seem to be overlooked but what about a large community of little fish?
Daniel Morse wrote:Thats sucks in Canada. So, why don't you all run for office and change the system? Its a hold over from ideology of rationing and corps know what is good for you. Run for office and change. If 10 people from each locality ran for office you could change this.