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UN Agenda 21 Story

 

Title: A Local Food Council for Dare County

 

A local newspaper story invites citizens to attend a meeting by the Dare County Cooperative Extension Service and the Center for Environment Farming System to establish a local food council.  The idea comes from Saltwater Connections, a regional initiative aimed at “sustaining” livelihoods, cultural heritage and natural resources.  The desire is for “sustaining” the local commercial fishing industry and enhancing access to North Carolina produce.  The goals seem innocent enough, even desirable, until the dots are connected.

 

Saltwater Connections shows UN Agenda 21 earmarks as it is active in Community Development, Economic Development, Regional & Collaborative Approaches, Social & Civic Assets and lastly (the sure give-away) “Sustainable Development”.  The organization promotes the “local foods” movement aka “locavore” and “foodshed”.  Their goal is more locally-based, self-reliant food economies.  Sounds good but steers clear of the free market system that undergirds our American economy. 

“Sustainable local food systems” are touted as better for public health, the environment and the local economy.  Smaller farms would employ more “sustainable” farming methods.  Who and how would those methods be introduced and enforced?  Who defines what these methods are?  Again, no mention is made of free markets.

Components of a local food economy such as farmer’s markets, community gardens, and grocery stores and restaurants that feature local foods are attractive to the – and this is a new term - the “creative class”.  The creative class is a member of a “creative community” that aims to stop cities from competing with each other by building mega regions to compete globally.  No free markets, just a restructuring of the way our citizens live and work.  These regions do not fit any existing government structure within the US Constitution.  This idea supports the notion of realigning the population to create “governance” by unelected individuals and entities. 

Developing Community Gardens is another strategy popular in urban areas, according to the Saltwater Connections. They provide space for people to cultivate wholesome food and are a tool to engage citizens and build social capital. The “Sustainable” Cities Institute is ready to show how local governments can help.  No mention is made of how workers are compensated, how the gardens are managed and what changes are required to local zoning and private property rights. 

A critical link in community food systems are facilities for processing and distributing locally produced food.  Where do free markets play in building and operating these facilities?  Who pays for them, tax-payers?

Schools can be counted on to buy locally-produced foods, providing a large, consistent customer for area farmers and give more wholesome food “for the children”, they say. What about foods that cannot be grown locally that are traditionally used to provide healthy and affordable food for our school food programs?  Aha – we are told the National “Sustainable” Agriculture Information Service includes detailed information on farm-to-school programs.

Local Food Policy Councils are community-based strategies operated at the state and local level.  North Carolina has a state-wide “Sustainable” Local Food Advisory Council housed at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Local food policy councils coordinate action across public, private, and not-for-profit institutions at the community level. Note these are not elected officials but governance by individuals and entities. 

Public-private partnerships include local food cooperatives, community-supporting agriculture operations (CSAs), agriculture “conservation easements”, and economic development marketing to promote local foods. This is referred to as partnership synergy. Implied are changes to zoning which are likely to affect private property rights.

Grand utopian ideas about managing our American food supply are UN Agenda 21 goals.