I recently trekked with my 3 year old across country to link up with an organization called Project E.A.T. (www.projecteat.org). This non profit organization is in the processing of carrying out some key missions throughout the South Florida regions as well as in Jamaica, Ethiopia and Ghana currently. E.A.T. Jamaica is a really important project right now involving the formation of a farmer co-op in the Blue Mountain region of Portland Jamaica. It is in this region that farmers are being forced to watch their own crops die because of foreign monopoly of the produce market and the unwise heavy import of foreign gmo’d produce to the people of this land. It’s sad to see the way in which these farmers watch their hard work and care go to waste while engineered foods from outside have taken over their former markets. E.A.T. Jamaica seeks to rectify some of this disparity by documentation through multi-media, co-op formation and export market creation as well as shipping services for these farmers and other poor farmers throughout the world.
Some of the focuses of the organization right now in regards to the E.A.T. Jamaica project are centered on matching the 200,000 seeds the Minister of Agriculture recently commissioned to be planted by Jamaicans in response to the looming food crisis effecting 3rd World countries and the world currently. As an answer to this call, Project E.A.T. seeks to match this seed request. In addition, we can provide the government of Jamaica with high quality Mother Earth Foods organic fertilizer as well as donated farm equipment. Through these missions, a more solid foundation of socio-economic stability can begin to be formed for the people of this region.
The reality is that folks all over the planet are being forced to be made more responsible for the food they eat and where it comes from. No more can we blindly allow others to provide us with our food sources and expect true quality.
See the movie “The Future of Food” for more details into the frightening status of food and agriculture right now….
To learn more about the plight of Jamaican Farmers in the Blue Mountain Regions, please check out http://www.projecteat.org.