9.20.2013

[Spread This] Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks on aging Black farmers and too few students, teachers of agriculture


by Brother Jesse Muhammad

Saturday, September 21, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan will be airing Part 37 of his 52-week series, "The Time and What Must Be Done." However, have we fully digested Part 36 regarding how we're being killed at our own dinner tables? It's something definitely to be parsed.

During a recent #AskFarrakhan chat on Sept. 19, Minister Farrakhan responded to the Twitter question: "Bro. Minister, why do you believe that you are being moved to deliver "The Time..." lecture series this year?

Minister Farrakhan tweeted: "Everything that we need to be a self-independent, informed & guided community is being given to u in this Series of lectures.  Now, the parsing of these lectures must begin!  And The Word will deepen in us, and The Word—which is God, and of God—will become a part of our being; and we will grow in The God."

After delving deeply into the situation surrounding Syria, Min. Farrakhan shifted our attention to farming, land ownership, the policy of depopulation and more in Part 37. 


"Did you know that the average age of farmers throughout the world is such that it needs to be studied?  The average farmer in Africa is 60 years of age; in the United States, 58 years of age; inJapan, 66 years of age; in Australia, 58 years of age; and in The Caribbean, 62 years of age.  The most striking feature is that although 58.7 percent of Blacks in the cities are under 35 years of age, only 4 percent of Black farmers are under 35!  On the other hand, 25 percent of Black farmers are over 70 years of age, while only 5.5 percent of the Black non-farm population is over 70!  So when the older Black farmers die off, there is no one to fill the gap," he said.



"So what does this tell us?  It tells us that we are out of “the farming business,” and we are completely dependent on somebody else to feed us!  The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said,“No people can be free with their mouth in the kitchen of another, particularly in the kitchen of our former slave masters and their children.”  As long as we do not own land, we are not going to be a productive people.  We will continue to be “a consumer nation.”  And as long as we are not respecting the profession of farming and the cultivation of land and producing of quality food, then our life, our health, our well-being is in the hands of our former slave masters and their children."

Click here to watch Part 36: http://youtu.be/ZTEKpFjLYDc

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