John L. Green, Local Producer of Cane Syrup is the guest of Dr. Ridgely Muhammad, this Saturday (11.23.2013) at 8:pm. Recently, Dr. Ridgely Muhammad had a conference of over 200 farmers, urban gardeners, students and community activists reviewing how the demise of the Black farmer, at the hands of the USDA, has been reduced during the decades of the civil rights movement. Between 1940 and 1974, the number of Black farmers fell from 681,790 to just 45,594 - a drop of 93 percent!
Some of the problems the Black community are now facing are increases in food deserts - with options of replacement foods that are denatured and genetically modified fast foods; that naturally bring down the health and decreases the Black population. At the same time there is mass unemployment for Black people in the inner cities. Farmers producing raw commodities and consumers cooking, has changed to farmers providing raw products to the food manufacturing industry, to be transformed into tasty but denatured processed food products. Attendees at the conference agreed that this business model must change if we are to get more young farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs involved for 'Our Future.' http://www.noimoa.com
The idea of value added processing to be done by farmers and consumers buying more raw products from farmers to be cooked at home came up as a possible solution to this dilemma. A slogan was developed to represent this food movement called "Meet Me Half-Way". You are invited into our chatroom by Internet or via 347.945.5454 if you wish to speak with the host of the show. And, thank you for contributing to our program by donating at the bottom of our home page (show extras)
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