If Women can end war (as in Liberia), maybe they could also fix agriculture!

Strange as it may seem, something of the sort may already be happening. According to a recent report in the Globe and Mail newspaper, conventional agribusiness-style farmers in Quebec are having trouble finding women who want to share the farming life with them. Here’s an except from the story by Ingrid Peritz, from June 30, 2009 “Heartache in Quebec’s Farming Heartland“:

He looks like a nice guy. Too bad he didnt go into organic farming instead. Lets look at some new answers to the age-old question of What do women want?. Photo from the Globe and Mail.

He looks like a nice guy. Too bad he didn't go into organic farming instead of agribiz. Perhaps it's time to look at some new answers to the age-old question "What do women want?". Photo from the Globe and Mail.

“He’s got blue eyes and a rugged gait, steady work and a sensitive side that makes him appreciate the beauty of a big country sky. By many standards, Mario Bouthillier is a catch.

He farms two sprawling pieces of land in rural Quebec that have proven fertile soil for corn, hay and soya. But they haven’t proven fruitful for producing love.

“You could be the best person in the world,” the 27-year-old said on his farm recently, “but you remain a farmer. It’s the best job in the world to me, but there are still prejudices….”

“…..Women willing to sacrifice long hours to farm work are scarcer than they once were, and farming’s image has suffered over the years.

Young singles like Mr. Bouthillier are sprouting up all along Quebec’s lonely rural roads, causing not only heartache in the Quebec heartland but a threat to the survival of the province’s family farms.

Only a generation ago, a farm typically had a hard-working couple and a brood of children. Now it can easily be populated by a single male like Mr. Bouthillier, who has had several girlfriends but has yet to find his lifelong companion.

In less than 40 years, the percentage of young single farmers has doubled in Quebec, leaving one in four farmers under the age of 35 unmarried, according to Statistics Canada….”

‘When we were a Catholic society, the image of agriculture was held in esteem,’ Prof. Parent said from Quebec City. ‘Now it’s the opposite. It’s one thing if you’re an organic vegetable producer. Being a pig farmer is not exactly a winning formula when you show up at a bar.’…”

Note that difference! Women go for organic vegetable farmers and don’t go for pig farmers who run Confined Animal Feeding Operations. Which sort of farms and which sort of farmers will be soon be dying out due to lack of descendants and which will have flourishing farm families to carry their modes of food production into the future?

Read the whole story here on the Globe and Mail website.

Now about that reference to women ending war: This is a great story, one that’s pregnant with possibilites, that made it to PBS but has yet to hit the mainstream headlines. Perhaps the same corporations own the newspapers and TV networks as own the industrial-military complex, and they don’t want American women waking up to their power to end war. See excerpt and video link below:

If you want to end war and stuff, you need to take a stand like the women of Liberia did. Click on image above to go to a page where you can watch this video about Lehmah Gbowee, Abigail Disney, and their new documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

"If you want to end war and stuff, you need to take a stand like the women of Liberia did. Click on image above to go to a page where you can watch this video about Lehmah Gbowee, Abigail Disney, and their new documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell".

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

“The JOURNAL profiles Leymah Gbowee, a woman who led her fellow countrywomen to fight for and win peace in war-torn Liberia, and Abigail Disney, who produced the documentary of their struggle and triumph in the award-winning film PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL.

For 15 years Liberia was gripped by civil war between the government of the corrupt and ruthless Charles Taylor, and warlords battling to overthrow him. More than 200,000 people had been killed and one out of three were made homeless.

Leymah Gbowee and her countrywomen were so desperate they decided to try and put a stop to the fighting. Armed with only a simple white t-shirt, they took to the streets knowing they could well be beaten and killed. They became “the market women,” cajoling the fighting men and employing a tactic so old it was once used by the women of ancient Greece: No peace, no sex.

Ultimately, Charles Taylor was toppled from power and banished from Liberia. The country then elected a new president, the first woman head of state in Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Lehman Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee was a 17-year-old girl when the war first came to Monrovia. As she says, she turned, “from a child into an adult in a matter of hours.” As the war dragged on, Gbowee had difficulty focusing on anything but her thwarted opportunities to go to college, and out of bitterness she dodged any political or social involvement. But as time wore on she came to see that it would be up to the citizens of Liberia, especially its women, to bring the country back from the insanity of civil war. She trained as a trauma counselor and worked with the ex-child soldiers of Taylor’s army. The more she worked with them the more she came to see that they too were victims.

Gbowee joined the Woman in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) and quickly rose to leadership thanks to her leadership and organizing skills. She brought all the women of the Christian churches together into a group called the Christian Womens’ Initiative and began issuing a series of calls for peace. Soon she formed a coalition with the women in the Muslim organizations in Monrovia and eventually Liberian Mass Action for Peace came into being.

Under Gbowee’s leadership the group managed to force a meeting with Charles Taylor and extract a promise from him to attend peace talks in Ghana. She then led a delegation of Liberian women to Ghana to continue to apply pressure on the warring factions during the peace process.

Gbowee has since been awarded the Blue Ribbon for Peace by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She also has been chosen as a recipient of the 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. In July 2009, the Celebrate Africa 2009 committee will honor Gbowee and WIPNET during their annual celebration in Philadelphia at the African–American Museum.

Gbowee is currently building Women, Peace and Security Africa, a women’s organization in Ghana that will act to build relationships across the West African sub- region in support of women’s capacity to prevent, avert and end conflicts. She serves as executive director of the organization….”

Get the whole story here on the PBS website.

“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”, said Mao Tse Tung. Mao’s views on political power, however, failed to take into account the hearts of women. Lehmah Gbowee’s formula for asserting women’s priorites in the face of warmongering also find an echo in the Anastasia books. Here’s an excerpt from book 4 of the Ringing Cedars Series by Vladimir Megre titled “Co-creation”. This is from chapter 10, page 46:

“…All women should avoid intimate relations with men who permit destructive thinking into their consciousness, so as not to reproduce it over and over again.”

“Wow! That’s quite a thought!” I exclaimed. “If all women gang up like that, all our scientific military minds will will go out of their minds.”

“Vladimir, if women start acting that way, there will be no war on Earth”

“Right on, Anastasia! You’ve struck a blow against all war. Way to go — this idea of yours can wipe out all war! That’s quite a blast! It’s true — what man would want to go to war if not a single woman would sleep with him after that or bear him offspring — who?! That would mean anyone starting a war would be killing himself, his offspring too.”

“If women were willing to do this, nobody would ever start a war….”

Learn more about Anastasia and the Ringing Cedars.

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  1. women can do anything 😉

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