The NC Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council’s charter is set to expire this year.  The General Assembly is trying hard to renew its charter despite opposition from legislators, groups and citizens who recognize this Council as UN inspired and Agenda 21 driven.  This Council, while probably doing good work on behalf of small farmers and helping to educate people about locally produced food, should be disbanded or its charter wholly re-written.  It is an instrument of the U.N. elites, as are many of our departments, boards and commissions in North Carolina.  Nowhere do you see “U.N.” or “Agenda 21” in its charter or even its originations in the Foundations and Baselines Report but this council surely has as its goal the same goals outlined in Agenda 21.

Agenda 21 was written and adopted by United Nations Conference on Environment and Development on 14 June 1992.  It is a global framework for the implementation of a one-world government under the guise of environmentalism.   A leading authority on Agenda 21, Tom DeWeese, summarizes Agenda 21 this way:

According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Sustainablists insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.

The North Carolina Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council (NCSLFAC) has as its mission much more than creating awareness of local foods.  It’s charter states its mission thusly:

It is the purpose of the North Carolina Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council to contribute to building a local food economy, thereby benefiting North Carolina by creating jobs, stimulating statewide economic development, circulating money from local food sales within local communities, preserving open space, decreasing the use of fossil fuel and thus reducing carbon emissions, preserving and protecting the natural environment, increasing consumer access to fresh and nutritious foods, and providing greater food security for all North Carolinians. Recognizing the positive contributions of North Carolina’s agricultural sector to the State’s economy and environmental quality, it is the intent of the General Assembly that the Council consider and develop policies regarding the following subjects as they relate to North Carolinians:

(1) Health and wellness.

(2) Hunger and food access.

(3) Economic development.

(4) Preservation of farmlands and water resources. 

This is not just about local food.  It’s about Sustainable Food.  Compare the Agenda 21 definition of sustainability and the charter of the NCSLFAC.  The UN defines sustainability with the three E’s:  Social Equity, the environment and the economy.  All thee E’s must be balanced for an initiative to be considered sustainable.

The Three E’s of Agenda 21

You can’t help but notice the similarities between the UN’s definition of sustainability and NCSLFAC’s definition of Sustainable Food from the originating legislation:

An integrated system of plant and animal production practices that have a site-specific application and that over the long term are able to do all of the following:

a. Satisfy human food and fiber needs.

b. Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends.

c.  Sustain the economic viability of farm operations.

d.  Enhance the quality of life for farmers and the society as a whole.

The difficulty in opposing initiatives like this is that it all sounds so good.  Who is opposed to local food?  Who is opposed to helping small farmers?  No one.  Certainly not this blogger who is neurotic about eating the most natural, local food as possible.  But the best way to promote local food and support small farmers is for our state government to get out of the way.  We don’t need more central planning.  We don’t need more Boards and Commissions creating policy outside of the legislative process.  We need government to restrain itself and let the small farmer do what he does.  We do not need a council whose priorities are the top down planning of a farm economy.  Take a look at the priorities established for the Council by the Foundations and Baselines Report:

Policy Council Priorities: Establish specific desirable outcomes, Address food security/access (low-income), youth representation (including young farmers), measuring benefits of locally-spent food dollars (economic baseline), regional approach to implementing food policies specific to NC’s 100 counties, better state data on supply and demand of the food production economy (indirect costs, etc.), assessment and action plan with specific goals and how the goals will be accomplished (funding, etc.), data collection based on questions like: Where do you live? Where do you work? Where do you consume food? Work to raise concern at the state level about food safety to that of air, land, and water, develop a business plan for the entire state—look at barriers, gaps in the supply chain, how to reconcile an influx of population with a desire to preserve existing farmland

Tell our state legislators that its time to throw the UN and Agenda 21 out of North Carolina. The NCSLFAC is a good place to start.  Call your State House Rep and tell him to vote NO on SB 491.  SB 491 is the current bill under consideration in the House to renew the Charter of the NCSLFAC.  SB 491 started off as a completely different bill in the Senate but was replaced in the House with the NCSLFAC charter renewal when the original House bill to renew the charter, HB 1098, sponsored by Norm Sanderson, ran into stiff opposition.  Rep. Glen Bradley proposed HB 1094 which would have renewed the charter after striking the ‘sustainable’ language out of the bill.  Bradley’s bill was ordered bottled up in Committee.  Now our House leaders are trying to sneak this renewal in the back door by using this substitute bill, SB 491. Don’t let them do it.  Contact Thom Tillis today and tell him let the charter expire or let Bradley’s HB 1094 come up for a vote.   Contact Rep. Thom Tillis at 919-733-3451 or by email at Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net.  

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