After we received an aggressive negative comment via phone from a representative of a GMO giant claiming this story had “no factual foundation”, we then knew we had to spread our story.
Let’s cut to the chase and be realistic. Can we save our natural food system and beat GMOs? Through continuing educational campaigns in rural areas and popular support.. yes.
We developed a simple customizable sustainable agriculture program fueled only by donations which already proved successful with farmers in The Philippines.
In each hectare of local farmer’s unused land, we began to plant organic vegetable seeds and stems. Later harvested and naturally processed, the crop is sold to an organic food distributor which pays the farmers at market price, allowing the farmer to get back on his feet on his own. There is a condition for farmers to receive aid from the Farmers Relief Network. They promise not to use GMO seeds, learn the danger of GMOs and let us know if approached by such companies. Tough deal, I know.
Last year, with small donations averaging $30 each, Farmers Relief provided aid to 30 small-sized farmers covering an area of nearly 40 hectares of land. Not large enough to make a difference on a large scale, but big enough to rejuvenate a group of beaten down farmers, deceived and ruined by Syngenta and Monsanto who had given up all hopes as they saw their organic crop being overpowered and annihilated by neighboring GMO crops, then pressured to sell their land to pay royalties to the GMO companies.
After two years of harvesting cassava, corn or rice, we are presenting the following budget calculation.
$1,500 is the average amount to cover the purchase of seeds, all operating and processing costs for one hectare of land.
$3,000 is the return expected from a productive harvest, which will pay for all expenses.
$700 is the amount the farmer will/may earn.
$800 is the amount the local Farmer’s Association receives to continue providing farming aid, promote sustainable agriculture locally and once established, pay for doctor’s visits for farmers, workers and their families.
$3,500 per year is the cost to set up a small group of local registered nurses (RN) and a medical doctor (MD) for several hundred people.
$35,000 is the ONE TIME amount necessary to achieve a status of complete independence allowing Farmers Relief’s sustainable project to provide all farmers of the region continuous farming services at no cost to them, hence promoting the growth of natural products independently of corporate pressure. These funds will allow the purchase of a truck, warehouse and basic farming equipment.
Being an arbitrary amount, we realize it still may raise skepticism, but please, check our story and sponsors. Our support group now extends to the Department of Agriculture, two local mayors and the University of the Philippines. We are an official Non-profit organization based in Washington, dc and provide receipts for all tax-deductible donations.
After this success story, we know similar sustainable project could spark in all corners of the globe with a little sweat, tears and support.
Help us give our soil back to the farmers and protect our food source. Only we the people can do it.