Thank you for all you’re doing to spread the word, dear Sister.
Maybe we have no power or influence over the powers that make these decisions, but we sure can educate our own people about the evils of engineered crops, pesticides, maggie cubes, tinned foods and so on. I find that our people–everywhere, including African-Americans in this land of free information–are typically the last to become aware of vital health issues.
I think this might be due to centuries of miseducation that has caused our people to trust and devour everything the West throws at them hook, line and sinker. Better imported food items than our own organic and healthy ones. (Onjẹ oyinbo, onjẹ alakọwe!)
And now we have sunk to a level where we believe organic farming is impossible or unsustainable, and that we must rely on mass food production for sustenance. People in Ekiti now shamelessly sit waiting for yams, tomatoes, peppers etc, etc. from the Sahara. Given this mindset and the lack of education around mass-produced crops, what’s to stop Monsanto from setting up shop? A couple of years ago, a friend who had searched for work in vain for years landed a (monsanto?) contract to market fertilizers in Abuja/Lagos. She was aware of the debate, but she needed the job!
I suppose this sort of development is inevitable given our sad colonial history; nations created for the sole goal of funneling their creators with raw materials, and not much more; leaders educated to see to the funneling and not a thing more. What a miserable and unfair lot, and a far departure from our human nature!
As is still the case among the Japanese and Scandinavians, Ikere and all Ekiti of aye igbamusi fed themselves robustly. Ikere’s planting and harvest seasons united the people, and brought about the most joyous occasions in the town. But we have become a people with the shortest memories ever. And in spite of all, we (as individuals) have been able to achieve in recent times, we continue to be a highly- relegated people, almost as badly as in the days of slavery and colonization. Pitiful, indeed!
The system that’s wrecked us in this and many other ways also impacts the giant called the US. Fortunately for the US though, and herein lies the difference, there are certain inherent mechanisms that serve to turn things around. I think maintaining schools that serve as true sources of research and education is a huge benefit. I send you this new item from Harvard via The Christian Science Monitor.
Ẹ ku iṣẹ́, o. Remi