Danielle Nierenberg, currently travelling Africa on a grant to educate native populations about the efficacy of vegetables over crop grains, very kindly took the time to come in and comment on my post on Food and Water.
Below is the whole of her comment and below that again is my little bit of research on the organizations who are interested in her work.
“Want to flag (feel free to re-post) an opinion-editorial I co-wrote visiting the World Vegetable Center in Arusha, Tanzania with their director Abdou Tenkouano published today in the Kansas City Star. I am currently in Madagascar, traveling across Africa for the Worldwatch Insitute and blogging everyday on a site called “Nourishing the Planet” . I’ve pasted the article below. All the best, Danielle Nierenberg.
By Danielle Nierenberg and Abdou Tenkouano
“As hunger and drought spread across Africa, a huge effort is underway to increase yields of staple crops, such as maize, wheat, cassava, and rice.
While these crops are important for food security, providing much-needed calories, they don’t provide much protein, vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, and other important vitamins and micronutrients—or taste. Yet, none of the staple crops would be palatable without vegetables.
Vegetables are less risk-prone to drought than staple crops that stay in the field for longer periods. Because vegetables typically have a shorter growing time, they can maximize scarce water supplies and soil nutrients better than crops such as maize, which need a lot of water and fertilizer.
Unfortunately, no country in Africa has a big focus on vegetable production. But that’s where AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center steps in. Since the 1990s, the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (based in Taiwan) has been working in Africa, with offices in Tanzania, Mali, Cameroon, and Madagascar, to breed cultivars that best suit farmers’ needs.
By listening to farmers and including them in breeding research, AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center is building a sustainable seed system in sub-Saharan Africa. The Center does this by breeding a variety of vegetables with different traits—including resistance to disease and longer shelf life—and by bringing the farmers to the Regional Center in Arusha and to other offices across Africa to find out what exactly those farmers need in the field and at market.
Babel Isack, a tomato farmer from Tanzania, is just one of many farmers who visits the Center, advising staff about which vegetable varieties would be best suited for his particular needs—including varieties that depend on fewer chemical sprays and have a longer shelf life.
The Center works with farmers to not only grow vegetables, but also to process and cook them. Often, vegetables are cooked for so long that they lose most of their nutrients. To solve that problem, Mel Oluoch, a Liaison Officer with the Center’s Vegetable Breeding and Seed System Program (vBSS), works with women to improve the nutritional value of cooked foods by helping them develop shorter cooking times.
“Eating is believing,” says Oluoch, who adds that when people find out how much better the food tastes—and how much less fuel and time it takes to cook—they don’t need much convincing about the alternative methods.
Oluoch also trains both urban and rural farmers on seed production. “The sustainability of seed,” says Oluoch, “is not yet there in Africa.” In other words, farmers don’t have access to a reliable source of seed for indigenous vegetables, such as amaranth, spider plant, cowpea, okra, moringa, and other crops.
Although many of these vegetables are typically thought of as weeds, not food, they are a vital source of nutrients for millions of people and can help alleviate hunger. Despite their value, these “weeds” are typically neglected on the international agricultural research agenda. As food prices continue to rise in Africa—in some countries food is 50-80 percent higher than in 2007—indigenous vegetables are becoming an integral part of home gardens.
The hardiness and drought-tolerance of traditional vegetables become increasingly important as climate change becomes more evident.
Many indigenous vegetables use less water than hybrid varieties and some are resistant to pests and disease, advantages that will command greater attention from farmers and policymakers, and make the work of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center more urgent and necessary than ever before.
Abdou Tenkouano is director of the Regional Center for Africa of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center in Arusha, Tanzania. Danielle Nierenberg is a senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute blogging daily from Africa.”
Your humble blogger‘s little contribution
To profile Lester R. Brown, Danielle’s organization’s founder, a random google search of some names brings up:
1997 CFR Membership Roster
… BROWN L.CARL; BROWN LESTER R; BROWN RICHARD P JR; BROWN TOBIAS JOSEF; BROWNE ROBERT S ….. LARDY NICHOLAS R; LARRABEE F STEPHEN; LARSON CHARLES R; LASH JONATHAN ….. SPENCER JOHN H; SPENCER WILLIAM C; SPERO JOAN EDELMAN; SPETH JAMES GUSTAVE …. WOLF MILTON A; WOLFENSOHN JAMES DAVID; WOLFF ALAN WILLIAM …
www.bilderberg.org/roundtable/CFR97list.html – Cached – Similar
National Security Agents
… BROWN LESTER R BROWN RICHARD P JR BROWN RONALD HARMON BROWN TOBIAS JOSEF ….. F STEPHEN LARSON CHARLES R LASH JONATHAN LATEEF NOEL V LAUDER LEONARD ALAN ….. W SPENCER JOHN H SPENCER WILLIAM C SPERO JOAN EDELMAN SPETH JAMES GUSTAVE …. WOHLSTETTER ROBERTA WOLF CHARLES JR WOLF MILTON A WOLFENSOHN JAMES DAVID …
cryptome.org/jya/nsa032999.htm – Cached .
Lester was set up with Rockefeller money to promote Worldwatch. He is also the founder of the Earth Policy Institute, which has a global plan [or three] to save the earth:
This ties Lester into this article:
… which, when we throw “lester r brown seed banks norway Navdanya for the conservation of indigenous seeds monsanto rockefeller” into the google search, comes up with this:
… which highlights the “social, ecological and spiritual communities, rural and urban.” So there is a spiritual aspect to this and the question is – which spirit?
This series of endorsements, including Lester’s, brings us to Gordon Davidson and Findhorn. Gordon is the chap who is friends with Maurice Strong and who said:
The Shamballa force is in reality Life itself; and Life is a loving synthesis in action. We also used the Six Laws and Principles of the New Age to lead us towards creating a vision of how these principles might create patterns for the New Civilization humanity will be constructing over the next 2500 years.
Closely involved in this are the Valdez principles which, as you’ll recall, all the global environmental policies stem from – the carbon footprinting, global warming warnings form the IPCC and so on. Tied in with this and supporting the green movement implicitly, in a more spiritual way, is the very Gordon Davidson, of the Valdez Principles and his World Service Initiative, discussed here and whose aims are:
The purpose of the World Service Intergroup is to generate a focused, conscious and deliberate intergroup effort to specifically assist the Externalization of the Hierarchy and the Reappearance of the Christ.
. . . One of our tasks is to recognize them [“hierarchy”], and assist them by preparing humanity for the imminent reappearance of the World Teacher. This World Teacher, or The Coming One is known by many different names in the various spiritual traditions: Christ; Maitreya; Messiah; Imam Mahdi etc. This reappearance will be preceded by a widespread opening of the heart of humanity, and a recognition of the inner teacher in each one of us, manifesting as a consciousness of love and service to all.
This is not Jesus Christ, by the way but Maitreya, which brings us to Blavatsky, channelling and all the rest of that, Hitler’s Thule etc. They say that to mention Hitler in any context whatever these days automatically loses the argument by default [an interesting philiosophy, to say the least] so let’s leave Hxxlxr and look at the other one.
In 1875 – Helena Petrovna Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society, claiming that Tibetan holy men in the Himalayas, whom she referred to as the Masters of Wisdom, communicated with her in London by telepathy. She insisted that the Christians had it all backwards – that Satan is the true good and God is evil.
“The Christians and scientists must be made to respect their Indian betters. The Wisdom of India, her philosophy and achievement, must be made known in Europe and America.”
So, there we have the real source of the whole shebang, without me having to say a word.
She seems a nice enough person, possibly unaware of her connections and of what the money behind her is for or about the hybrid seedbanks, the CFR, Monsanto, Rockefeller, Davidson and so on. This post in no way, by association, ties her in with any of the above nor does it tie in Lester R. Brown, except as listed. They just happen to find themselves in the vicinity of all these other goings on.
She’s just doing her job, spreading the word about GM vege seeds and how to cultivate them – a commendable effort to help feed the world population and counter climate change, food shortages and aquifer depletion, which themselves are entirely accidental and not the result of deliberate action and command and control policies of powerful interests, in the same way that the economic crisis was in no way attributable to the bankers – it was all the people’s fault.