[permaculture] RE: Major histocompatibility complex (MHC)
genest at together.net
Thu Mar 13 07:41:50 EST 2003
And hard to say for doctors who make a fortune "curing" but don't know
how to profit from preventing. I recently wrote this article ( below)
for the local paper, I am running for office as a Green Party candidate
and Health care is a hot issue. How it can be considered from
agriculture confounds me.
We don’t need more health care...
... we need more health !
By: Claude William Genest - Green Party Candidate for Ver(t)dun and
Grandma was right: an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of
Our Western medical model of treating disease is the best ever devised
for dealing with emergency, trauma and sickness. Good thing, given
skyrocketing rates of degenerative disease.
Medical treatment is unfortunately a profitable growth industry, and
huge multinational pharmaceutical and healthcare companies wait
impatiently to service Canada's “need” for privatized medicine.
We’ve forgotten Grandma’s wisdom: Health care doesn’t begin at the
Preventive medicine starts in the soil. The equation is simple -
healthy food equals healthy people. Doctors take the Hippocratic oath,
yet stubbornly ignore the prophetic words etched on his tombstone:
“Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food”.
Economically, grandma’s wisdom is equally applicable, a dollar of
prevention is worth many, many dollars of cure.
The question then, is why do governments worldwide pursue policies that
simultaneously make us sick and cost us money ?
The “Life Sciences” Corporations
Unknown by most and under-reported by the media is the fact
pharmaceutical companies and agri-business have merged to create the
“Life Sciences” companies that today dominate food and medicine on a
From the perspective of a profit driven CEO, it’s the business plan of
the century: Sell them the stuff that makes them sick, and then the
stuff that makes them well ! Worse, we are subsidizing this folly on
several levels :
You and I are paying the highest taxes in North America to subsidize
toxic industrial agriculture that hemorrhages top soil, chokes
waterways, fouls the air, decimates communities and poisons all living
We pay to finance and maintain the roads, bridges and ports that allow
these multinationals, (who remember pay virtually no tax themselves),
to transport their “bads and disservices”.
Then we fund soil conservation agencies and restoration projects to
clean up and mitigate the mess. ( And that’s after paying regulatory
agencies to monitor that pollution is done within “acceptable” limits).
Finally we pay again in the form of ever increasing Medicare costs for
degenerative diseases that are overwhelmingly the result of
environmental factors and NOT genetic “bad luck” - Turns out we really
are what we eat !
If you feel your ire rise and blood boil in reading this, fear not, we
can always raise taxes and get you some blood pressure pills for
In response to these disturbing, costly and altogether unsustainable
realities, our leaders insist that industrial agriculture is the only
way for farmers to stay competitive. “Get Big, or get out” is the
mantra. Economies of scale and mass production, we’re continually told,
are the order of the day.
The time has come to expose this fallacy for good.
Given the associated environmental and health costs, the notion that
industrial agriculture is cheap, is clearly a hollow myth.
Indeed, it is a dismal failure even by the skewed accounting of
conventional economists in that it violates their most basic tenet -
the law of supply and demand.
Where is the logic in pumping out ever more of the very commodities
that glut the market, and continue to drive prices ever downward ?
Clearly this is of no benefit to the farmer who in many cases sees
costs of production exceed revenue.
No, the only winner here is agri-business who, vertically integrated
from seed to shelf, makes its money retailing processed, packaged and
especially shipped goods.
Gandhi was right : “We don’t need mass production, but production by
Support your local Farmacy !
Is there a solution ? Yes ! and on top of being embarrassingly simple,
it’s enormously beneficial : By shifting subsidies to support local
organic agriculture, at the individual, municipal and provincial
levels, we could create more employment, healthy foods, healthy
communities and a healthy environment while lowering health care and
And given that we import nearly 90 % of our food, a readily available
and completely unrecognized market awaits : Us....
Isn’t that the kind of health care we really need ?
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On Thursday, March 13, 2003, at 06:12 AM, georg parlow wrote:
> easy to say for guys who lived in an age, where food, water and air
> clean, noise and general physical stress level low and the nights were
>> "Let your food be your medicine and medicine be your food."
>> - Hippocrates
>> "Everything man needs to sustain good health and healing can be found
>> nature. It is the job of science to find them." - Paracelsus
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Claude William Genest
Green Mountain Permaculture: Solutions, Sustenance, Sustainability
"What Permaculturalists are doing is the most important work being done
on the planet."
"The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a
comfortable living from a small piece of land."
"Clever men solve problems, wise men avoid them."
Listen up ! http://www.democracynow.org/
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