Sustainable Development ideas often are presented as beneficial ideas. Ideas that will help the individual and/or the environment, and possibly do-at least in the short haul. But, when one is dealing with Agenda 21 policy, it is critical to always keep the end game in mind. The end game is to move the human population into a pack and stack situation in the human settlements, where all of their food and fiber needs must be obtained from the land immediately around the human settlements. To achieve this end game it is critical that humans are slowly conditioned to believe that it is a great idea to buy locally grown food. It is only later that they will find out that they will be the ones growing this food, and that there will be no alternatives.
In the area around Durham, North Carolina a Food Charter has been created. Please read the food charter below and the follow up article below that that will show the real agenda behind food charter.
“Planning Food into Our Future”
The Durham Region Food Charter reflects the community’s vision for a food secure Durham Region focused toward building a just and sustainable local food system as a foundation for population health.
Based on community participation a sustainable local food system will improve the economic viability of Durham Region’s food industry, work in harmony with natural heritage systems as well as the built environment, and promote overall health.
“Food Security: means a situation in which all community residents are able to obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice, and the ability of the agricultural community to support this system.”
(Growing Durham Regional Official Plan Amendment No. 128 (2009))
A food secure Durham Region is financially sound, environmentally responsible and socially just, contributing to the future well being of our region and its residents.
• Establish a citizen based advisory committee which would oversee the principles of the Food Charter with quantifiable benchmarks and set goals.
• Calculate the food needs for anticipated population growth and establish a baseline to work towards
Self-reliance in food security.
• Incorporate food security principles into key strategic regional and local policy documents as an integral part of creating sustainable and complete communities.
• Promote the development of a local food system that supports local agricultural production.
• Establish an educated consumer base that understands and supports the local agricultural sector.
• Encourage establishment of institutional, industrial and commercial local food procurement policies.
• Influence sustainable resource management through water conservation, protection of natural heritage
systems, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,
responsible waste management and protect agricultural land for production by minimizing encroachment through responsive land-use planning.
• Identify potential impacts to farmers and food production attributing from climate change and include in mitigation and adaptation strategies.
• Develop Durham’s local food economy as a key economic driver for the Region.
• Measure Regional Food Security annually to assess effectiveness of multi-sector initiatives.
Sustaining Local Agriculture
Cultivation of a sustainable local agriculture will enhance Durham Region’s urban and rural economic development, create employment, secure a regional food supply, encourage a culture of environmental stewardship and conserve resources.
Build Capacity through Local Food Production
• Protect agricultural lands for production.
• Promote the agricultural industry as a viable career option.
• Extend local education and training opportunities.
• Develop local food processing capacity.
• Encourage the diversification of the local agricultural sector.
• Support networks that provide information about local food choices and availability.
Essential Foundations to Build Upon
A just and sustainable local food system will be resilient when supported by comprehensive and integrated mechanisms. These will incorporate physical elements with sound economic, environmental, social, and political policies to ensure a secure food supply.
May 28, 2009, revision 1, approved
U.N. Inspired Food Council in NC up for Charter Renewal – Contact Your Rep Now
June 17, 2012
The NC Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council’s charter is set to expire this year. The General Assembly is trying hard to renew its charter despite opposition from legislators, groups and citizens who recognize this Council as UN inspired and Agenda 21 driven. This Council, while probably doing good work on behalf of small farmers and helping to educate people about locally produced food, should be disbanded or its charter wholly re-written. It is an instrument of the U.N. elites, as are many of our departments, boards and commissions in North Carolina. Nowhere do you see “U.N.” or “Agenda 21″ in its charter or even its originations in the Foundations and Baselines Report but this council surely has as its goal the same goals outlined in Agenda 21.
Agenda 21 was written and adopted by United Nations Conference on Environment and Development on 14 June 1992. It is a global framework for the implementation of a one-world government under the guise of environmentalism. A leading authority on Agenda 21, Tom DeWeese, summarizes Agenda 21 this way:
According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Sustainablists insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.
The North Carolina Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council (NCSLFAC) has as its mission much more than creating awareness of local foods. It’s charter states its mission thusly:
It is the purpose of the North Carolina Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council to contribute to building a local food economy, thereby benefiting North Carolina by creating jobs, stimulating statewide economic development, circulating money from local food sales within local communities, preserving open space, decreasing the use of fossil fuel and thus reducing carbon emissions, preserving and protecting the natural environment, increasing consumer access to fresh and nutritious foods, and providing greater food security for all North Carolinians. Recognizing the positive contributions of North Carolina’s agricultural sector to the State’s economy and environmental quality, it is the intent of the General Assembly that the Council considers and develops policies regarding the following subjects as they relate to North Carolinians:
(1) Health and wellness.
(2) Hunger and food access.
(3) Economic development.
(4) Preservation of farmlands and water resources.
This is not just about local food. It’s about Sustainable Food. Compare the Agenda 21 definition of sustainability and the charter of the NCSLFAC. The UN defines sustainability with the three E’s: Social Equity, the environment and the economy. All thee E’s must be balanced for an initiative to be considered sustainable
The Three E’s of Agenda 21
You can’t help but notice the similarities between the UN’s definition of sustainability and NCSLFAC’s definition of Sustainable Food from the originating legislation:
An integrated system of plant and animal production practices that have a site-specific application and that over the long term are able to do all of the following:
a. Satisfy human food and fiber needs.
b. Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends.
c. Sustain the economic viability of farm operations.
d. Enhance the quality of life for farmers and the society as a whole.
The difficulty in opposing initiatives like this is that it all sounds so good. Who is opposed to local food? Who is opposed to helping small farmers? No one. Certainly not this blogger who is neurotic about eating the most natural, local food as possible. But the best way to promote local food and support small farmers is for our state government to get out of the way. We don’t need more central planning. We don’t need more Boards and Commissions creating policy outside of the legislative process. We need government to restrain itself and let the small farmer do what he does. We do not need a council whose priorities are the top down planning of a farm economy. Take a look at the priorities established for the Council by the Foundations and Baselines Report:
Policy Council Priorities: Establish specific desirable outcomes, Address food security/access (low-income), youth representation (including young farmers), measuring benefits of locally-spent food dollars (economic baseline), regional approach to implementing food policies specific to NC’s 100 counties, better state data on supply and demand of the food production economy (indirect costs, etc.), assessment and action plan with specific goals and how the goals will be accomplished (funding, etc.), data collection based on questions like: Where do you live? Where do you work? Where do you consume food? Work to raise concern at the state level about food safety to that of air, land, and water, develop a business plan for the entire state—look at barriers, gaps in the supply chain, how to reconcile an influx of population with a desire to preserve existing farmland.
After reading the Food Charter and the follow up article, does it sound like this is about eating fresh food locally, or does it sound like there is way too much else going on that has, well, kind of nasty odor about it? Remember, the end game. Sustainablilists must get humans used to growing their food locally, as, if they have their way, that will be the only food available within the human settlements.