The rise of industrial agriculture, mostly to grow food for industrial animal production, has come at a huge cost to lands, communities, cultures and lifeways. The Black Hills of South Dakota in the North where Monsanto’s GMO seeds and chemical pesticides have harmed the land and the people, and the Lacandon and the Kogi territories in the South, are experiencing rapid-fire destruction of their traditional life and food ways.
With strong living Traditional Knowledge experience, Chief Arvol Looking Horse chooses to live amidst hundreds of roaming wild horses in Green Grass, South Dakota on Cheyenne River Reservation. This location is also home to the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle which he has been tending to since he was twelve years old, passed to him by his Grandmother. He is now the 19th Generation Keeper.
Often industrial agriculture grows GMO crops to feed, not people, but animals who are held in Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). The Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production investigated problems associated with industrial farm animal production operations and recommended CAFOs be phased out within 10 years.