Indigenous wisdom is literally embodied in Native seeds that are being threatened by corporate agriculture’s transgenic seeds and chemical pesticides at a time that Indigenous ways of growing healthy food in partnership with Nature to maintain healthy soil are being lost.
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.
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.