Swords into Ploughshares
The decision was made for the military to buy seed through commander's emergency response program funds. "Self-production of food in this country is important."
The commander's emergency response program is a program set up by the military to take care of humanitarian needs for the local populaces - needs that will make a quick and lasting impact on the community.
"That is why the division started purchasing this quantity of wheat and barley seed," Haney said. "Now the farmers can start raising crops once again for local sale and support the food needs of Baghdad."
Now who could complain about that? Helping the farmers get back on their feet - and with the extensive work of repair on thhe irrigation system it can return to being the breadbasket of the Middle East...
Sorry I forgot - it is all an evil American plot to make the farmers have higher yields and then there will be profits and reliability of food supply and chemicals and GM foods and did I mention profits? and they won't be in touch with their inner soil...
The Ecologist - HOT TOPIC
In short, what America has done is not restructure Iraq's agriculture, but dismantle it. The people whose forefathers first mastered the domestication of wheat will now have to pay for the privilege of growing it for someone else. And with that the world's oldest farming heritage will become just another subsidiary link in the vast American supply chain.