Urgent Evoke

A crash course in changing the world.

COMMITMENT FOUR: The Long Term Solution to Food Security

COMMITMENT FOUR

We will strive to ensure that food, agricultural trade and overall trade policies are conducive to fostering food security for all through a fair and market-oriented world trade
system.

The Basis for Action

37. Trade is a key element in achieving world food security. Trade generates effective utilization of resources and stimulates economic growth which is critical to improving food security. Trade allows
food consumption to exceed food production, helps to reduce production and consumption
fluctuations and relieves part of the burden of stock holding. It has a major bearing on access to
food through its positive effect on economic growth, income and employment. Appropriate
domestic economic and social policies will better ensure that all, including the poor, will benefit
from economic growth. Appropriate trade policies promote the objectives of sustainable growth
and food security. It is essential that all members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) respect
and fulfil the totality of the undertakings of the Uruguay Round. For this purpose it will be necessary
to refrain from unilateral measures not in accordance with WTO obligations.


I watched a doc**entary the other day with my Dutch partner. It was about North American and European Agricultural subsides and the effect they have in Africa.


I knew what the doc**entary would be saying because I follow that sort of thing but my partner didn't. By the end of the doc**entary she was in tears. She couldn't believe that the country she held so much allegiance to could be so callous and uncaring in their trade policies. She has voted in her country and I pointed out that effectively that put blood on her hands.


I live in New Zealand. By comparison we lifted virtually all tariffs and subsides in the '80s, we are one of the least capable countries of living under an unprotected trade regime and yet we do.


This is not to say it was done without pain, nor without pressure. International pressure was brought to bear to free up our markets when our country almost went broke as a result of highly protectionist measures in the '70s. Our pain was felt across the board but most acutely in manufacturing. Car assembly died virtually overnight with the loss of many jobs. Textile manufacturing disappeared, as did a bunch of other industries we were basically no good at. What emerged was a vibrant tourism industry and a much stronger agricultural sector. We found ways to vertically integrate manufacturing into the areas we were good at to produce better added value products with higher margins. The result being we can land most of our agriculturally based products into our overseas markets at lower prices and with lower carbon footprints than they can produce locally.


It would be hard to find a country with freer trade policies than New Zealand and hence an ex-prime minister of ours being selected to head the WTO for a number of years.


I personally am proud of my country's stance in this regard, and happy to stand slightly less guilty of the poverty produced by protectionist trade policies of our democratically elected governments.


What I know is this is a somewhat controversial stance. I know every round of the WTO is met with more and more violent protest, typically from left leaning, passionate, save the world, individuals, firmly commited to their fight in this regard.


I invite you all to comment on this score in support or rejection of Commitment 4 of the

Rome Declaration
on World Food
Security

as I think it is getting at the root of the cause rather than the other commitments which patch symptoms.

Go to town, tell me how wrong I am!!!!

Views: 19

Comment by John D. Boyden on March 19, 2010 at 6:41pm
+1 vision. all choices come with prices *nods* It is social innovation to look at what we have, what we can offer. How is New Zealand looking at What we don't have and what we can do?
Comment by Greg Stevenson on March 19, 2010 at 9:51pm
@John We don't yet have 100% renewable electricity generation. We have just commissioned an additional geothermal project with others on the way.Tide power project is in evaluation stages which is fortuitously close to our largest city and largest power consumer. I am happy about this as I really don't link wind generation systems, they are noisy and an eye sore on out lovely landscape. 20m onder the sea an out of sight has a greater appeal to me personally.

Comment

You need to be a member of Urgent Evoke to add comments!

Join Urgent Evoke

Latest Activity

N updated their profile
Sep 25, 2020
Sophie C. commented on Asger Jon Vistisen's blog post Stinging Nettle
"I love that you've brought this to attention. An extensive database of uncommon but resistant and hardy plants/foods could be developed and organized by climate. Ease of growth and processing should also be taken in to account. I will try to…"
Aug 19, 2020
Meghan Mulvey posted a blog post

Fourth of July on the Lake

This past weekend was the annual celebration at the lake house in Connecticut. It is amazing that the lake is still so clear and beautiful after all these years. The watershed association has done a wonderful job protecting these waters from the damaging effects of development.The wood grill was finally ready to cook on, so we didn't miss the propane tank fueled grill anymore. The food actually tasted fresher than in the past and was easy to keep fueled.Dad was very proud of the solar hybrid…See More
Jul 6, 2020
Asger Jon Vistisen posted a blog post

Stinging Nettle

In this blog post I will focus on a plant that is abundant in our nature, and which is immensely nutritious. It's of course the Stinging Nettle. Let's start with the chemical constituents of this plant:37 % Non-Nitrogen-Extracts19 - 29 % Ash9 - 21 % Fiber4 % Fat22 % ProteinOnce the leaves are drid, their protein content can reach an astounding 40 %, which is much higher than beef, which even under the best of circ***tances can never exceed 31 % protein. In addition the Stinging Nettle consists…See More
Apr 13, 2020
Jonathon McCallum posted a blog post

The meal

It is 7'oclock, I was late home from work due to an assignment that i wanted to get ahead on. By the time I get home I am feeling extremley tired and I cannot be bothered to make a proper meal. I walk to the fridge and open it to see what there is for me to eat. All of the out of date foodstuffs have been automaticaly thrown away by the fridge, they will be recycled tomorrow as animal feed or something. I see i have organic local eggs and some local cheese. Foods are vacc** sealded for easy…See More
Mar 10, 2020
Jean Paul Galea shared a profile on Facebook
Mar 1, 2020
Kevin posted a blog post

Future

FutureToday is 2020/1/1. It is just like yesterday. The war is still continuing. It has started since 2010. In 2010, that year was a horrible year. Almost every energy ran out. Every country’s governments were crushed down at the same time. There were riots everywhere. All of the big company’s bosses were killed xdeadx in the riots. Troops fought each other everywhere. Food was bought up xawayx at once. There were no more food supplies in any shops. The economy was all crushed down. All the…See More
Jan 1, 2020
Namwaka Mooto posted blog posts
Jan 13, 2016
T D updated their profile
Sep 3, 2015
Brook Warner posted blog posts
Aug 25, 2015
Santiago Vega posted blog posts
May 5, 2015
Santiago Vega commented on Santiago Vega's blog post Act 8
May 5, 2015
Santiago Vega posted photos
May 5, 2015
Rico Angel Rodriguez posted blog posts
May 2, 2015
Rico Angel Rodriguez posted a photo

public servants

The exchange works directly for state and public workers and servants. It gives them credit in exchange for the amount of public work they contribute to the community. The more constructive they are based off a base rate the more credit they recieve.
May 2, 2015
Brian Hurley posted blog posts
May 2, 2015

Follow EVOKE on Twitter




Official EVOKE Facebook Page




EVOKE RSS Activity Feed










© 2021   Created by Alchemy.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service