The International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) is mounting a resistance to the on-going desires by the anti-tobacco organizations. Lost opportunities are being felt across the world, results of the direct response to the economic and global restrictions on this industry. But the farmers are the ones being made to pay for such, innocent of the crimes committed by others. Thus without offering support to encourage changes, the consumers are left to pay cost and the responsibilities are pushed to those never committing these crimes. This has become the policies of the MNCs, diverting attention to from responsible in the boardrooms, protecting the wealthy only. Yet the ITGA is only willing to support tobacco growth, supporting other actions might lose some of its support. The farmers need to redevelop, ITGA needs to new supporting strategies as well.
The ITGA is making an effort to represent the tobacco farmers throughout Southern and East Africa; these are major growers whose interests are being forgotten in the “larger picture.” They are the same as any other are, attempting to provide a product for sale in support of their families’ lives. Responding to a draft proposed by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) advocating the removal of access to land and governmental support to tobacco farmers. These farmers they have to come together, over concerns. Cutting off the tobacco supplied thus reducing the material to be used; is not effective. In previous attempts to restrict farmed supplies of material, the stress of lost opportunities shifted the farming interest to more illegal matters.
The directed pressure used to restriction any industry across the global will result in other actions being taken. As seen in the 1960s, pressure was put on the narcotics being produced which have now produced an extensive global network of illegal drug cartels. The opportunity to avoid doing this again has shown itself, but only if the industrial leadership is willing to take action in this regard. There is a need to farm and produce a product globally, thus allowing individuals to direct and determine their own future. But these farmers must be freed of the constraints placed upon them by the MNCs first.
The tobacco executives were the ones forcing the nicotine and advertising to the teenagers across the global. They made a system where costs are passed on to others, those responsible are thereby allowing others to suffer instead for decisions they made. Without offering support to the farmers to make changes to new products, these farmers are left desperately seeking to do this on their own. This leads to a short period where supplies are rather cheaply obtained, but the long-term effect is to leave millions without a future. The answer is easily found, for as the needs of the tobacco industry is removed, so will the global energy needs increase.
Global energy needs can no longer be supported by the petroleum industry alone and as prices increase so will the demand for newer energy sources. There are alternatives to petroleum, even bio-farming methods to produce alternatives. These crops will increase in profits as the current energy industry requires more and can gain less from the petroleum fields. We are seeing this start already, as last year there were booms made in ethanol, solar and wind production systems. But this will take more than just a change in what crops are grown; there must be organizational support as well.
The ITGA wants to grow more tobacco, this in support of only one means of income. But investments are meant to be diversified, thus as one does poorly the rest can compensate. Farming is no different, the more crops one is growing the more likely one is able to overcome any poor results and weather changes. The ITGA needs to think of redirecting interest to more sustainable profiting crops, the tobacco industry is not long-term but the energy industry is.
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