The ballot initiative

If you are reading this article, you are already half awake, but if the truth were known, not brushed aside, it would show strong indication that you and I and the passerby have been sitting on our butts and doing nothing when it, indeed, should be done.

But election time is coming up, so don’t sit there thinking your vote doesn’t count. Just give a little thought for whom and what you are voting for and the ballot initiative should kick in for you. Follow each politician’s campaign and hammer each of them with questions.

If your politician’s top priority is not the environment, then ask, “Why?” If the insanity of commercial cropping is not being questioned, then ask, perhaps a little louder, “Why?”  If the horrors of factory farming seem not their common concern, then raise your voice higher. If the questions you are asking are being side-stepped, then perhaps you should use a hammer much larger in size.

The primary needs in order to live are food, water and oxygen. Their intake dictates the quality of our lives and health. All three are greatly jeopardized by the methods of corporate farming. But the blame lies not in the hands of the individual farmer. It is the weakness of our present governments, and might I say, worldwide, to stand up to what has become known as the “big six” to which our governments simply cower between and betwixt.

The “Big Six” that dominate the agricultural market are BASF, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical, Monsanto, and Syngenta. Not necessarily in that order, but collectively they own the world’s seed, pesticide and biotechnology industries. It is they who our governments fail to control the guidelines that they, the “big six,” hesitate not to cross over.

Is it not time that our governments stop their petty internal bickering and place their combined attention to the things that really matter in life?

Millions of dollars are spent daily on researching for cures – billions upon billions annually. But how much, if any – I’ll bet none at all – is spent trying to search for the cause? Toss me a toonie, I’ll settle for a loonie, ‘cause the answer’s right here in your hand: simply restrict the “big six.”

Take care, ‘cause we care.



Barrie Hopkins