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(en) Italy, Sicilia Libertaria: Rondinella - ANOTHER AGRICULTURE IS POSSIBLE (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 3 Apr 2024 09:33:19 +0300

Another agriculture is possible in another possible and concrete world where the production of food, in the process that starts from the land and reaches the plate, that is, in the various phases of production, transformation, marketing, up to the final consumer, both in in the hands of self-organised territorial communities, and production is free from the logic of a capitalist market controlled by agro-industries, multinationals and large-scale organized distribution. ---- Throughout Europe, farmers are in a state of agitation: production costs are growing, especially those of the technical means provided by capitalist industry, while the value of the goods produced is decreasing as they are purchased below cost and transformed by capitalist agroindustry and then marketed by large-scale organized distribution. Thus many small and medium-sized businesses, often family-run, risk bankruptcy. In fact, a process of proletarianization is underway, that is, small agricultural entrepreneurs crushed by the laws of the global market are becoming simple manual laborers of the land, while banks and agro-industries are becoming owners of their land. The same thing happened to small artisans and small traders.

Wealth is becoming increasingly concentrated in a few hands, those of the rich who are becoming richer and richer, while medium and small entrepreneurs are becoming increasingly poorer. The socio-economic conditions are being created that are leading to the creation of a pyramid-type society, where at the top there is 1% of the super rich and at the bottom 99% of the poor. It seems like an irreversible process, yet we are the 99%.

The right, meaning by right all the parties and movements that carry out economic and social policies dictated by the principles and rules of the neoliberal-capitalist culture, is now trying to blow on the protest and exploit it, proposing fake solutions. In reality, on the one hand his policies favor large companies, on the other, with cuts in financing and taxation, they damage medium and small businesses. The problem is precisely the right-wing politics carried out at the municipal, regional, national and European government level, but the blame is placed only on European policies, on a government that is physically distant, which is intended as a scapegoat for the inability to meet the requests and needs of farmers. Who in turn, however, must become aware that there is another way of doing agriculture. An agriculture that does not lead to indiscriminate exploitation of the land without respect for the environment, which is not based on the exploitation of people and self-exploitation, but which is instead clean and respectful of living beings and the environment, which maintains biodiversity, that is, peasant agriculture which also plays a social and cultural role, which is a territorial defense against the depopulation of internal and marginal areas, which contributes to combating the phenomenon of fires and hydrogeological instability.

Meanwhile, the protest has been going on for more than thirty days with farmers protesting in various parts of Sicily, but the media spotlight has gone out and the struggle is no longer news but continues to the bitter end.

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