China wrapped up its annual 10 day congress session. China’s government is a little different than the way the Unites States republic is run. The Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao spoke about the biggest issue in the agenda, rural reform. China has the right idea, to strengthen its farms and empower its farmers.
Farmers are one of the most important parts of our society. They provide the food that we all consume. Until we can all take nutrition in the form of synthetic pills, which I hope is never in my lifetime because I enjoy a good meal, we will have to depend on farmers to provide us with food.
In my opinion the drug problem in Colombia flourished because of desperation in the rural areas. When you are faced with the reality of not being able to feed your family with your current crop, but a different one will bring in not just food but wealth, the decision seems almost made for you. I think at that point the government leaving the farmers to fend for themselves made that decision for them.
The moment a government forgets about its farmers, is the moment that it forgets about its people. Food and shelter are basic needs for humans, and a government that does not support its farmer is taking one of those away from its people. While I am not a fan of Chinese policy or its human rights violation record I do applaud its government for not forgetting about its farmers.