Monday, July 18, 2011

Sustainable Development or Sustainable Freedom. Do YOU Know the Difference?

First, let me ask you if you would do me a favor and read this post all the way through, for your freedom's sake if not for me. I came across an issue whose importance eclipses any of my Harvest Monday blog posts. Let me share it with you. I hope each person that has read my blog in the past will read this entire post in order to be aware of what is being put upon each of us and our children and grandchildren. This is the last post I will be making on this subject matter at this blog address.

In today's world, there are all kinds of bizzare news stories from around the globe. I came across one the other day about a woman that was jailed for growing vegetables on her front lawn. How many of us have veggies growing on our front lawns? Quite a few I would think. That article made me thankful that we aren't in some developing country with laws that can allow that to happen to private citizens. Or are we? This happened in Michigan, right here in the USA!

Here is her story from the

"Julie Bass, of Oak Park, Michigan, wanted to grow her own food. She was a fan of organic vegetables, so she decided to convert her front yard from the grass-and-tree landscaping typical in her neighborhood into an edible garden. Because she had just torn up the front lawn to install a new sewer system, she had a perfect opportunity to start fresh. She planted cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs in raised wooden planters, and waited to reap her produce.

A neighbor didn't like her choice of landscaping. The neighbor called the city and complained that Bass's yard disrupted the look of the neighborhood. The city agreed, and issued Bass a ticket. Bass was offended. Organic produce is expensive. If she wants to grow her own, she reasoned, why shouldn't she be allowed to? She refused to change her yard. The city insisted; she lawyered up.
Now, with neither party being willing to back down, the case is likely to go to a jury trial. If Bass loses, she faces up to 93 days in jail."

Now that story leads right into the hot topic of "sustainable development," which sounds like what all of us veggie growers would support, right? However, Development vs. Freedom is the core issue. If you cherish your constitutional rights, you need to read the following information about what is taking place all across OUR Country.

Please read on...

"Sustainable Development or Sustainable Freedom"
By Henry Lamb

(Henry Lamb is the author of "The Rise of Global Governance," Chairman of Sovereignty International , and founder of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) and Freedom21, Inc.)

"Sustainable development is based on a set of principles found in Our Common Future, the report of the 1987 World Commission on Environment and Development.

Sustainable freedom is based on a set of principles found in the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress July 4, 1776.

Sustainable development is based on this belief:

"From space, we see a small and fragile ball dominated not by human activity and edifice but by a pattern of clouds, oceans, greenery, and soils. Humanity's inability to fit its activities into that pattern is changing planetary systems, fundamentally. This new reality, from which there is no escape, must be recognized — and managed." (Chapter 4.1)

Sustainable freedom is based on this belief:

"...all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...."
Sustainable development is achieved when the recommendations contained in Agenda 21i are fully implemented.

Sustainable freedom is achieved when the U.S. Constitution is obeyed.

Sustainable development and sustainable freedom are mutually exclusive. Sustainable development produces a society managed by government to insure environmental protection, social equity, and equal economic opportunity. Sustainable freedom produces a government managed by society to protect individual freedom, private property, and the unalienable rights identified in the Declaration of Independence.

Sustainable development was endorsed by the United States in 1992, when President George H.W. Bush signed Agenda 21 at the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development. Sustainable Development came to the United States in 1993 when President Bill Clinton issued Executive Order 12852 which created the President's Council on Sustainable Development.

Throughout the Clinton years, the PCSD gave millions of dollars to non-profit organizations and to state and local governments to encourage the implementation of Agenda 21 at the state and local government levels. Nearly every community in the nation has now been the subject of a "visioning" process to create a "strategic plan" to achieve sustainable development.

With grants from the federal government (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the lead federal agency, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Economic and Community Development Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), the American Planning Association produced Growing Smart: Legislative Guidebook. This publication provided three model statutes and two model executive orders which states could adopt to convert the non-binding recommendations of Agenda 21 into state law.

Consequently, most states and local communities now have, or are in the process of creating, a county-wide plan to implement sustainable development. A common element in most of these communities is the complete ignorance of Agenda 21 and sustainable development among elected officials. In fact, when asked, elected officials frequently deny that their county's activities are related to Agenda 21 at all. This ignorance about Agenda 21 is deliberate. Gary Lawrence, former Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at the University of Washington, and Chief Planner for the City of Seattle
told an audience in London that:

" In the case of the U.S., our local authorities are engaged in planning processes consistent with LA21 [Local Agenda 21] but there is little interest in using the LA21 brand.... So, we call our processes something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth."
In the United States, sustainable development is delivered to local communities in the form of a comprehensive land use plan, with little or no mention of Agenda 21. Greenville County, SC recently updated their comprehensive land use plan under the banner: "Imagine Greenville County; Tomorrow's Vision Today." Several elected officials insisted that the exercise had nothing to do with Agenda 21. A rather casual analysis of the plan, however, provides direct documentation that both the process and the outcome prescribed by Agenda 21 were achieved in the plan.

Likewise, the officials in Bradley County, TN denied any relationship to Agenda 21 in the development of their "BCC-2035 Strategic Plan." A review of the plan in relation to Chapter 7 of Agenda 21, reveals that the plan is essentially an extension of Agenda 21, modified by local names and places.

There is no doubt that sustainable development in the United States is a concept that arose from the United Nations with the clear purpose of managing societies around the world to achieve environmental protection, equal economic opportunity, and social equity. The United States was founded on the principles of limited government, individual freedom, reward for individual achievement, and free markets that produce maximum prosperity. Government is imposing sustainable development and its inevitable government management. Only an informed, involved, and determined people can stop and reverse this erosion of freedom.

© Henry Lamb"

Thank you for reading this information that directly pertains to the loss of our cherished freedoms.

Share this information with your family and friends.

Thank You,
Veggie PAK

1 comment:

  1. The action by Oak Park to ban a front yard garden should be condemned. In contemporary America these kind of restrictions, especially in the tonier suburbs have been in effect for decades and this is nothing new. There are also restrictions on clotheslines. To me it's a display of a kind of cloistered thinking. Many people who have achieved some financial succuss want to think that they are now so far removed from such menial tasks as growing food that a garden should simply not be seen from the street. Too common! Simply won't do. I think in the years to come many people will find that they are going to have to reconnect to the real world and how it provides for them as a matter of necessity.

    Still I don't see a connection with this and efforts to have sustainable development. I'm not saying government doesn't overreach but I'm not seeing a sinister conspiracy at work here. I think it's possible and will be necessary for local governments to implement sustainable development policies and in fact many of the better communities, like Portland Oregon have done just that for years. And I don't think that sustainable development and sustainable freedoms are mutually exclusive. But no one should be allowed to pour poisons into a stream when people downstream will have to deal with those poisons.

    As for Monsanto, I think this company is one of the biggest threats around. There is a very good documentary on the abuses of Monsanto and the extent to which this company has manipulated government which should be regulating them. Monsanto is a threat to control agriculture on a global scale. It makes farmers sign contracts with them, threatens them with lawsuits, buys up smaller seed companies all over the world, and tries to make farmers all over the world dependent on their GMO seeds and their system of agriculture. If you are looking for a real threat to everyone's freedom, arrogant and out of control companies like Monsanto are the place to start.