First of all I am opposed to ethanol plants, and having said that why is it that people, as
in consumers are willing to pay for gasoline but not food? Farmers like the plants as it
provides way more money than growing food. For example a farm on the prairie is now
making some good money on the books, but, the cost of growing the food as in grain or
corn or anything else, sees the expenses eat up almost all of it. the figure on average is
around 86% of the income is eaten up in expenses from fertilizer, chemical sprays, fuel,
equipment costs, and getting it to market. In addition there are food safe programs that
are mandatory for Canadian farmers, but get this, if the food is imported they do Not
have to be subjected to the same food safety regulations. I know this to be true, as I sit
on one of the committees, for a farm organization that is pushing the government to have
all food regardless of where its grown, be subject to the same laws and regulations or it
should not be allowed in.
If you own a car company and costs go up you pass on the costs, in the food industry
that won't happen due to the way food distribution is done, so the farmer eats the added
costs. Governments instituted a cheap food policy thirty years ago. The problem is they
should have instituted a healthy food policy, and a quality food policy and they didn't.
People don't want to pay for quality or a nutritional food policy, but they are willing to pay more
for medicare, because of the health problems brought about by processed food.
And its said we don't have too much problem with the abundance of food in North America.
Think again. In parts of California there has been drought in the some parts of the State full
food production was cut back last year and likely this year. The reason there is a growing
shortage of water for agriculture and it getting worse here as well. The governments are
reviewing water policy and have been for four years now, and government and agriculture
are both getting worried about the coming problems in part of the country. Manitoba is a
problem for two reasons. One the flooding will see many crops not planted and the land will
have problems for a few years to come due to the damage done by the floods.
Lots of problems with agriculture, the corporate food and food distribution system and no one
seems to care at the moment. Wait till food prices sky rocket and there is water problems
environmental problems and the biggest problem of all the average age of a farmer in Canada
is 58 years old. I myself will only be doing this for another five years I am done at seventy.
If you think the oil shortages and climate changes are impending problems, wait until the food
and water problems manifest themselves, then you are going to see serious problems.
I said to our Agriculture Minister a month ago in his office,,"Brace yourself, the only three things
that will matter in ten years will be Food, Water and Oil. That is where we are headed