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  •  My biggest frustration is NAFTA (8+ / 0-)

    My understanding of this issue -- which like you, I feel like I have front-row seating for (being involved in the local County of Refuge campaign; my ex-husband is a commercial plumbing contractor who works exclusively at wineries and the homes of wine growers; I live in Sonoma County) -- or what I've seen strongly contribute to this situation is, indeed, some consumer lack of awareness.

    But like everyone else, as consumers we are in a terrible bind. And awareness only gets you so far before fiscal reality sets in. Perhaps wine is a luxury and not a necessity (arguably, I do live in Wine Country and we drink wine quite a bit!). I've bought my share of cheap wine, even when I'd far rather support my friend who owns a wine store here in town, whose cheapest bottle is about 8 bucks.

    What I feel is the consensus amongst immigration attorneys and advocates is that NAFTA created this situation because of the GMO corn flooding down in Mexico that sent everyone northwards in the first place.

    So tackling Monsanto and trying to fix the unsustainable living conditions that have been created because of U.S. corporate greed are critical components of all of this as well.

    ...on a good day I bowl a 19

    by mahakali overdrive on Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 05:52:53 PM PDT

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    •  On the upside, (0+ / 0-)

      since all of the problems on the agricultural/manufacturing level are tangled together with peoples' personal finance problems, solutions in either will amplify each other.
      If agriculture can balance competing demands for price, availability, health, genetics, then all-in-one chem solutions like Monsato's become unnecessary.

      Besides being a plausible national holiday were Monsato to go out of business, the positive fallout would affect social justice, like Maria Jimenez's death, as well as changing the playing field for the companies that prop up things like NAFTA.

      "The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times." - Justice A. Kennedy

      by pylonsound on Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 06:22:04 PM PDT

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