Sunday, October 17, 2010

Strange fruit, stranger Ideas

As we all know the CBC never met a trendy left-wing fad it didn’t like.

And so, I was not surprised yesterday to hear a puffball interview on CBC radio with Mark Arellano, a documentary-film maker and professor who was pushing the lastest left-wing fad: “Food Sovereignty”

Arellano has produced a film called Strange Fruit, which from what I heard on the radio, makes the following arguments:

  • Food is too cheap. We should pay at least four or five times more than what we pay today for groceries.

  • Shopping at grocery stores is morally wrong. We should only shop at farmers’ markets.

  • Or better yet, everyone should grow their own vegetables and fruits.

Of course, we once had such a food system in place --- it was called the Dark Ages.

Back in those days, peasants basically ate what they could grow or kill. And many times they would starve to death.

I am sure those emaciated peasants would have felt a lot better knowing they were dying in accordance with left wing principles.

Anyway, I wonder if Arellano thinks we should also slaughter our own pigs and butcher our own cows. That could get a little messy around the backyard.

And I suppose we Canadians should forget all about eating European cheese or American oranges or drinking coffee and tea.

Mind you, there is a bright side to all of this.

If we did take Arellano’s advice and grow our own crops, it would mean we would be far too busy to partake in any other activities, such as listening to CBC radio.


Anonymous said...

Great idea! However, I'm having a hell of a time getting my banana trees to bear fruit here in Alberta.

Anonymous said...

There's something wrong, when all the canned peaches and pears at the local grocery are all from China!
The Niagara Frontier supplied our peaches in the past.

Liberal/Socialist policy has put them out of buisness, forcing us to buy elsewhere, NOW they want to shut that door as well.

When will the sheeple wake up?

Pissedoff said...

There wouldn't be a CBC or CTV all the staff would be too busy growing their own food and slaughtering their own pigs.

Anonymous said...

Buying your tomatoes from the guy next door is good for the environment but buying your steel from the guy next door is bad.
You should instead buy your steel from China.
Or at least that's what the geen movement tells us.

The Kyoto and Copenhagen treaties would give the already dirtier steel mills in China an even bigger competitive advantage over the cleaner steel mills here.
So more of our clean mills would close and more dirty mills would open in China.
So we would ship our raw materials to China and ship the finished products back here.

Why is buying tomatoes from the guy next door a good idea but buying steel from the guy next door is a bad idea?

Or any number of other products that would be affected by these illogical treaties?

Chinese industry pollutes more per unit of production, and as the Greens point out about tomatoes, there is the increased shipping pollution.


Anonymous said...

A very strange view from the left. First of all it sounds anti-globalist, secondly it seems to help local farmers whom the left usually hold in contempt. There is some basis in logic for what they suggest actually but it doesn't take a political solution to get these kinds of things to happen, it is just common sense. Something, common sense, for which the left are often devoid. (real conservative)