Saturday, September 26, 2009

USDA Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (part two)

The National Infrastructure of USDA managed
Regional Organic Farming
Part two


In a proactive 21st century industrial enhanced, regional based agricultural model, the success of the organic food industry within a given region is directly related to the success of all other industries associated with that enhancement within that region as well as within all regions that make up the greater whole of our nations’ total 21st century industrial economy.

If I am living in Wisconsin and for decades spanning multiple generations my family has done the same, our whole family regional nutritional as well as overall medical health needs ultimately can only be met if we eat the foods grown in the soil of our regional homeland by our regional friends and fellow farmers and are served by the regional medical practitioners who understand the genetic make of our historic, Wisconsin based medical family tree just as well as they understand that the juxtaposition of the nutrients found in the soil these families live and work on enable regional health and industrial commerce to flourish.

As the regional weather patterns that determine the success of the regional agricultural harvest of Wisconsin also have a direct bearing on the human medical architecture or the regional environmental health issues of those living in Wisconsin, they in turn have a direct bearing on the design and construction of buildings built by the men and womenwho residing in the state of Wisconsin, have the unique capacity to harness as designers, architects, engineers and master artisans, the technologically enhanced architectural environments they themselves as well as their neighbors should be living in and with daily.

Whereas someone living in Colorado might build an above ground home that capitalizes on Colorado’s vast amounts of both sunshine and wind and in doing so benefit by working in industries that produce both active and passives large scale solar and wind generated applications that serve to not only power those homes but power the public utility infrastructure that sustains the economic viability of those who own those homes in that region, in Wisconsin, earth sheltered architecture powered by geothermal energy systems supplemented by highly refined bio and fossil fuel relationships would in all likelihood become the benchmark from which Wisconsin’s 21st century industrial and economic success would flourish as well.

The point here is quite simple, national food retailers who have for decades insisted upon forcing an assembly line can of green beans down the throat of every American regardless of where in America they might live have succeed in driving up the cost of food and healthcare while at the same time driving down the educational standards and economic growth potential of America as a whole. Today however, no matter how any economist might have characterized the economic success in the late chapters of our 20th century industrial ideology, within the eyes of highly educated 21st century industrialists, living in an ancient isolationist driven 20th century corporate based market economy facing certain meltdown runs parallel to the fact that its’ leadership is devoid of both organic as well as ancestral American roots.

As our 20th century retail based American economy ran out of steam almost fifteen years ago (if not 25 years ago) and as we have attempted to no avail to sell that economy to unwitting third world nations essentially in the same can of beans that has caused our nation’s own economy to resemble the poor standards of living found in those countries, sooner or later we are going to have to confront the fact that what this author chooses to define as “Walmart Globalization Syndrome” which is the obsession with selling that can of beans over and over again between many multinational borders results in nothing more than discounted items being exchanged back and forth between many nations that have equally discounted economic growth potential as a result.

As I am writing this essay at the request of Mark Kastel of the Wisconsin based Cornucopia Institute, I am doing so only after taking the time to get too know the larger portrait of what Mark and his team have defined as essential to the regional success of small family owned and operated organic agricultural enterprises throughout our United States of America.

Clearly having the potential to become regional examples of combined rural industrial, agricultural and economic prosperity, his concern in writing me and many others in our nation, exists within the larger context of his simple request that his readers express their concerns over upcoming USDA legislation concerning the governance of the growth, production and processing of organically grown Leafy Green Vegetables here in our United States of America. As it will appear obvious that I am taking his concerns and placing them into a much broader economic dialogue, I am doing so knowing that the success of regional based organic farming runs parallel to the success of placing alternative powered vehicles on the roads of America.
Again, this legislation is formally entitled: “The Leafy Green Marketing Agreement” and the full context of this agreement can be accessed in its’ entirety on both the Cornucopia and USDA web sites.

To once again put this legislation into perspective, the USDA in response to the overwhelming growth of organic farms throughout every region (or state, we have fifty of them by the way) in America has concluded that the intelligent environmental management of these farms be regulated to assure the safety of not only our national organic food chain but the larger medical health of the consumer who in fact will bring this produce home to the American kitchens (be they private or institutional) that will ultimately become the processing entities from which this organic food will eventually be served in.

In short, the USDA is clearly aware of the growth of regional organic food networks and simply wants to assure that what is being produced, is being cared for properly and is being done so for the common good of all Americans. As the regulatory history of the USDA has for the past fifty years been confined to the regulation of multi-national corporate based food processors, the “Leafy Green Marketing Agreement” is a clear and definitive departure form the 20th century regulatory portrait of our collective national food safety.

In other words, as much as I experienced organic gardening for the first time in the early 1970’s, in all likelihood, so too did the guys and gals who are currently working at the USDA to assure that a simple understanding of the broad spectrum of issues facing our combined efforts to produce regional grown organic produce evolves in a manner that does not encumber the larger issues of either our national organic health or national organically based 21st century economic prosperity. Simply put, as a rolling stone gathers no moss, the rolling stone of our nation’s emerging organic agricultural marketplace must not as well.

Regional based agricultural commodities must be regulated. Yet within the willfully poor legal conceptualization of 20th century USDA regulation, redundant corporations are free to advertise the fact that the food products they sell are organic due simply to the fact that while they themselves don’t have to certify this fact, and their suppliers must, legal loopholes still exist to allow all who are involved to escape taking any responsibility for the assurance any if not all of our nation’s entire agricultural crop actually is.

Within the belief that hope ultimately springs eternal and within the midst of chaos, technological advancement in virtually every American industrial sector not only demands but assures that such regulation will ultimately become the benchmark of our advanced 21st century agricultural potential.

One only needs to look at what is actually happening in all regulatory sectors of our nation’s federal government to realize that this is taking place holistically across the broad spectrum of agencies charged with blueprinting anew the foundation of laws that have within the larger conceptualization of “national organizational unity”, always made America resilient.

The same of course is true in the private sector. The traditional fossil fuel sector is successfully wedding itself to the alternative fuel sector. The housing sector is realigning itself with the manufacturing sector. The food production sector is aligning itself with the food growing sector. The automotive sector is aligning itself with the alternative automotive sector. The public transportation sector is maturing and merging its’ separate entities into a cohesive unit. The public education sector is merging with the private educational sector. The above and below ground public utility sector is merging for the singular goal of accomplishing technologically enhanced management of all utilities. Everything is essentially wonderful in theory and on paper. In reality however, we remain in the midst of a massive American 20th and 21st century transitional industrial cluster fuck (as my former U.S. Navy drill instructor would often call the barracks of forty five young American sailors in basic training). As a result and within the constitution of our impotent papered essays, nobody in America actually has a job even though everyone in America has access to the technology that will create the job(s).

In as much as President Obama has within all of his philosophical brilliance and truly humanitarian compassion successfully brought together the imaginations of American’s, thus far the only tangible across the board measurement of his success at harnessing this imagination has come from of all ideas, the “Cash For Clunkers” program.

I am being somewhat facetious of course when I say this. But I am saying this to underscore the larger point; nothing that can be defined as even remotely resembling the collective and all-inclusive industrial dialogue that was supposed to engage every American he spoke of during his campaign has surfaced thus far. As a result, his presence in the White House has come to symbolize nothing more than nationwide shouting matches. While these matches are far more intelligent than bar room brawls, the bar rooms are still filled with highly educated Americans looking for 21st century green industrial jobs, tangible black and white industrial blueprints and a government that is actually leading as opposed to still trying to design the blueprints that will enable those jobs to be transformed from the mind into the physical motions of the truly healthy American body.

As this author chooses his words and phrases quite carefully, an industrial cluster fuck is precisely what it is.

While the Obama administration is extraordinarily well intentioned and has many highly educated economic and legal as well as scientific theorists helping it shape some form of leadership, the fact of the matter is that none of them have ever actually held a hammer in their hands and made a living as a direct result of doing so. Thus as Americans that have are becoming increasingly more disenchanted with the golden tongue of intellectual nonsense coming from the White House, they are as well becoming entirely fed up with what they see as a government run industrial cluster fuck growing ever more expansive in theoretical nonsense while costing workers jobs and driving our economy even further into a totally confusing state of socio-economic impotence. Yes, we are a nation of very smart people, but, because we are led by over smart leaders that hold only half of the equation, we remain collectively stupid.

Having said this, my “Combined Organic Waste Shaping Hidden Industrial Teamwork“ initiative might just help in the furtherance of a genuinely productive, complete and happy American cause.

Yes, we do have the right to be happy in America.

If you have followed the plight of The Cornucopia Institute, Mark Kastell’s 2006 concern over corporate over breeding, over corporate herding and over corporate penning of supposed non corporate organic American dairy cows that supposedly produced quasi-organic American milk for supposedly ordinary organic American consumers, compelled him and his associates to file a formal complaint with the USDA in hopes that corporate entities such as Walmart would be prevented from engaging in such practices and in doing so establish a genuine competitive marketplace from which regionally based organic farmers could actually compete in the rapidly emerging organic farming marketplace here in our United States of America.

When all was said and done however, Walmart escaped any disciplinary action from the USDA and the issue was dissolved once again into the great limbo that has come to symbolize the larger failure of American government to “organically govern and structure” a proactive transition between two equally caring and concerned but none the less disjointed representatives of two separate centuries of American agricultural experts.

Within the structural parameters of my initiative that of course would be fully regulated by the USDA, the dynamic, multi-industrial nature of this initiative would demand regulation by a number of other organically governed and structured federal agencies working in conjunction with the USDA to assure this initiatives’ overall success.

As the short lived “Cash For Clunkers” program implemented in August of 2009 revealed to both government and industry some rather remarkable statistics, the dominant statistic was the fact that this effort actually created “JOBS” that were not foreseen by the architects of this short lived but otherwise brilliant endeavor. Not only did this program create jobs, but it validated the much larger fact that American consumers weren’t actually born with either modern bar codes or old fashioned wall street ticker tape permanently attached to their forward thinking heads. Seeking only and finally national leadership on all fronts of emerging 21st century technological profitability and fully aware of the fact that clunker gas guzzlers being replaced by state of the art automobiles produced better gas mileage that in turn produced better economic growth mileage to the industries that manufacture the autos, that manufacture the advanced fuel blends, that manufacture the jobs, that fuel the manufacturing economy, that makes the whole organic manufacturing thing actually work in the first place?


Yet with all of its’ success the program was done away with in forty five days and once again Americans who have the potential to hold a new century of advanced technology hammers in their hands don’t have jobs, cash or cars and while the architects that are supposedly drafting the blueprints for the industries that will create those jobs dawdle in an intellectual abyss, the industries that should exist to create those jobs simply don’t.

To put the lost potential of this short lived program into perspective let me propose a simple “what would have happened if” scenario.

What would have happened if FDR created the architecture of the New Deal at the beginning of August and by mid September he changed his mind and never got back to it due solely to the fact that he was stressing out over the details with his overly analytically and therefore totally dysfunctional staff of would be national economic saviors?

Think about this for a moment folks and when you do, you can see how President Obama’s long windedness is coming up short on the list of what Americans want or have the patience to continue to hear.

Think about this as well.

As virtually every one of his staff has been educated at the universities that also educated the economists that drove our nation into the Great Depression, their combined obsession over preventing such a disaster from occurring again is indeed what is crafting a scenario that could very likely do so anyway.

Think about this as well as well.

Today in 2009, the very universities that taught his advisors and are taking hundreds of millions of dollars from the government as well as the students that rely upon them simply are not producing the industrial development they supposedly have the responsibility to provide both the industrial client and the apprentice student with.

As the success of the New Deal was in its’ immediate and across the board capacity to be implemented, whatever new deal Barack’s team is attempting to implement must be as well but so far is most certainly not.

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