Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Agri-tech Moving Up a Notch

On 8th July 2013 this question was asked in the House of Lords
 
The Countess of Mar (Crossbench)
To ask Her Majesty’s Government when their agri-tech strategy will be launched; and what are the reasons for the delay.
 
Viscount Younger of Leckie (Conservative) replied that “the agri-tech strategy will be launched this summer.  I wonder when though as it is summer now and it will soon be over.  He further said in a roundabout way that they were having trouble selling the project.  (Well, I for one don’t buy it.)
 
So what are they talking about?  There was a consultation about this which ran between 11 October 2012 and 22 November 2012.  Below is the description of the consultation which shows the essence of what they are proposing to do to our food supply and I comment to show how this is wholly unsatisfactory.
 
 
Shaping a UK agri-tech strategy: call for evidence (What’s wrong with this picture?  Or, do you see yourself fitting into this picture?)  Read on to see.
 
The UK (government) has the potential to be at the forefront of developing innovative solutions (to what problems? - the ones created by the UK government!), and to make fuller use of its agri-science base (including GMOs, cloning and nano technology). Translating fundamental (underlying what principle?) and applied scientific research (applied to what?) into innovative technologies, practices and information could enable countries worldwide to meet the food and environmental challenges ahead (this is most likely a blatant lie) while also contributing significantly to UK economic growth (of the Elite).  In other words, the UK wants to be involved in exploiting the UK and other countries by manipulating food sources with the use of technology that works against nature (BECAUSE nature is not in the business of making money!  After all, nature gives food for free.).
 
With its world class plant, animal and environmental research base (designed to gain control of food through patents and other modes of ownership), the UK is well placed (with corporations such as Monsanto having a base here) to contribute to the global effort (who is making this effort? – transnational corporations who only care about share value) needed (by them) to improve (a matter of opinion except to improve corporate earnings) the sustainable (obvious lie because that would negate the need for new technology in the future) intensification of agriculture (monoculture) both at home and overseas. This would raise yields (of what? think about it, what crops are they referring to?) without using more land while adapting to climate change (no such thing), reducing emissions (very doubtful since there is no end in sight of the increasing manufacture of chemicals, including for agricultural use), and maintaining biodiversity (unlikely because monoculture agriculture does not promote this) and other ecosystem services (outright lie unless they mean the Elite’s ecosystem). It will involve engaging a very wide range of disciplines including natural (plant, animal, agronomy) and social scientists, engineers, and experts in risk management, economics and modelling (all about control).
 
The government is developing a long-term agri-tech strategy focused on knowledge transfer (???! from who/what to who/what?) and the application of technology to the agricultural sector.  (Yeah, let’s have more techfood!) This is part of the UK Industrial Strategy announced by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in September 2012.   And the name sums it up.  Industrial strategy for industrial food.  The food industry is not just about the production and distribution of food products.  It’s about the mechanization and control of food, even down to the smallest level of composition.  Tie this information into the fact that the EU is in the process of consolidating the legislation regarding seeds.
 
This call for evidence (what? or possibly more to the point is, who?) seeks to establish a strong evidence base (preferred theory) from the existing knowledge in the agricultural sector. It will inform our understanding of the role of agricultural technology, its strengths and weaknesses and the potential benefits to global food production (we see here the New World Order taking shape). We aim to gain better understanding of potential opportunities (ways to exploit and take advantage of people and nature) for UK businesses including growth in exports of products, technology and know-how, and inward investment.  (The bottom line is how the UK can make more money out of food products while gaining more control of the masses to boot.)

Photo Credit: Gov.UK, looks like a barcode on this blog.