Agenda 21: Destroying Farm Land in Western Washington State

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John Koster , a longtime conservative, who currently serves as county councilman in Snohomish County, WA ( located on the I-5 corridor just north of Seattle), announced he’s running for U.S. Congress in 2012 against liberal incumbent, Rick Larsen.   Following is his excellent article explaining the threat to farmland planned by the local  ICLEI “Sustainable Development” nutjobs.  (FYI, I met John in the early 1990s.  As I recall, he was a dairy farmer before he entered the political arena.)
In my opinion, with concern for the rising price of food and the “eat locally” mantra of Michelle and her food nazis, this Agenda 21 totalitarianism should even make liberals hopping mad!  ~LTG

Significant concerns with the Sustainable Lands Strategy

By John Koster, Snohomish County Councilman
My purpose in writing this short article is to bring attention to some critically important land use changes under consideration for Snohomish County. These plans, should they succeed, will permanently alter the character of the County. At stake are thousands of acres of designated farmland coveted by environmental interests seeking ways to “enhance” salmon and wildlife habitat.
While the authors and proponents of the Sustainable Lands Strategy
(SLS) have presented these major policy changes as a “win-win” situation, others are not so sure — and remain deeply concerned with a strategy that seeks to create “fish habitat” by destroying thousands of acres of farmland, much of it by means of salt and/or fresh water inundation.
Normally, such a change would require a de-designation process that involves a justification for such de-designation, public hearings, and thoughtful decisions made by the County’s elected officials. Instead, the SLS is a short-cut that avoids such procedures and, more importantly, takes the decision-making process away from the County Council to vest the authority within a newly created bureaucracy.
The farmlands targeted for conversion to habitat would become designated as “critical areas,” and such designation is not without impact. Significant setbacks and other restrictions are likely to result. What is being sold as a worthy conservation program could morph into a much larger land control mechanism, involving restrictions on land use with accompanying penalties for property owners guilty of insufficiently “sustainable” activities.
The Snohomish County Farm Bureau has declined to support SLS from the beginning. In a strongly worded letter written earlier this year, FB President Ed Hussman denounced the plan as biased against farming …”primarily because it appeared to be a highly biased process aimed at flooding Ag-land for fish habitat; without consideration of restoring other lands, equal in quantity and quality, to the flooded lands taken.”
Bear in mind that designated agricultural lands are, by law, mandated for preservation as farmland under the Growth Management Act. It’s no secret that the SLS initiative includes “breaching earthen dikes and flooding large tracts of designated farmland” to create fish and wildlife habitat.
SLS will burden County taxpayers. The effects of tidal inundation by seawater on fresh water aquifers in Snohomish County are as of yet unknown and nobody has calculated the cost or even ventured an estimated guess for implementing SLS, yet the proposal indicates that significant funding will be required: ” …achieving the current 1700 acre target for habitat restoration projects is not alone sufficient to return native salmon populations to harvestable and sustainable levels….it is important to make strategic business and infrastructure investments to fully support both farms and fish.”
We are living in difficult economic times marked by high unemployment and budget cuts. Just last week Standard & Poors moved our nation’s credit rating to negative. The cost of food and gasoline are moving upward at an alarming rate. With many in the Ag-industry lured by government subsidies from producing crops for food to producing crops for ethanol and other bio-fuels, why would we want to permanently destroy large parcels of our farmland resource at a time of rising food prices and economic uncertainty?
While the framework and guiding principles of the SLS appear attractive to many at first glance, the document’s holistic “outcome based” language creates a sophisticated end-around current policy, overtly dismissing the engagement of the appropriate farmland de-designation process.
While I have significant concerns with SLS as written, there remains a time and place for future projects where fish and farming interests will find common ground. The key to success will be a fair and balanced process.

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  1. You may want to take a look here:
    Americans are so focused on Congress and Obama at the federal level of government right now that most are overlooking the socialism creeping in at the local level through Agenda 21. It is easy to overlook local government since people are saturated with too much information in the internet age. Compounding this is the fact that Agenda 21 is a dull topic, and it becomes understandable how it has been able to fly mostly under the radar since 1992, slowly working its way into our cities and counties.
    http://tinyurl.com/43rfjmv

     
  2. lowtechgrannie

    It’s like cancer, slowly destroying an organism from within. That’s the best metaphor I can think of.

     
  3. Thank you for posting the interviews with the Agenda 21 protesters.
    UN Agenda 21 is the insidious Master Plan being implemented under the guise of “Sustainable Consumption and Development.”, using climate change as its justification.
    I have been studying it for a long time. It is not a conspiracy theory but it is definitely a conspiracy.
    It is the biggest story of all time.
    I have tried to get several local and national news folks to focus on Agenda 21 for some time now. Glenn Beck finally did 18 minutes on it on June 15 followed by Fox Business reporter, Eric Bolling, doing a segment with guests a week later.
    This is the way I have tried to explain it:
    Since 1976, the Earthers have been planning world government through centrist land management. It is communist, fascist, socialism all rolled into one approach to world governance, without sovereignty, private rights or religion and it is well under way.
    I first perked up my ears when I heard Ronald Reagan give speeches and pressers calling for the amalgamation of the entire Western Hemisphere into one nation in order to stave off the threat from the European Economic Community and the Asian-Pacific rim financial cabal.
    The very real cornerstone of the world government plan is United Nations Agenda 21, signed by George H. W. Bush in 1992 at the UN’s Earth Summit in Rio and actively supported by every President and Congress since. Bush actually described it to us from the oval office on January 16, 1991, saying we would follow the principles set down in the UN charter, that it was a “Big Deal” and that it “will succeed.” He actually called it the “New World Order.” He then went down to Rio, signed Agenda 21 and never explained to us what he did. Then Clinton, shortly after twisting democrats arms to pass Bush’s GATT and NAFTA legislation, appointed Al Gore to be director of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. George W. Bush signed Executive Order (EO) 13423, “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management,” which furthered Agenda 21. Obama, his cabinet and advisory czars are all on board with it as well.
    Anthropogenic impact on the planet, now termed “Climate Change”, is the foundation of Agenda 21. Earth worship (Gaia) is all but the official religion of the UN today. Seriously. Just do a search on Maurice Strong, director of the Rio Earth Summit, his Earth Charter initiative, with his pal, Mikhail Gorbachev of Green Cross International. It’s all an effort to establish Earth Mother as the center of a post-Christian belief system. These folks are dead serious and very well connected.
    If you study the history of Agenda 21 and the comments of its supporters, it is all about “Sustainable Consumption and Production” to save the planet, which can only occur through surrender of sovereignty and freedoms in exchange for collectivist communism, social justice, redistribution of wealth, relinquishment of private property rights, population reduction and micro management of every phase of human existence.
    The perpetrators of Agenda 21 describe private property as follows:
    “Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore it contributes to social injustice.” United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I), held in Vancouver, May 31 – June 11, 1976.
    “Private land use decisions are often driven by strong economic incentives that result in several ecological and aesthetic consequences…The key to overcoming it is through public policy…” Report from the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, page 112.
    “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN’s Earth Summit, 1992.
    The UN-subgroup, ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), currently collects dues from local governments to assist them in implementing Agenda 21 through Hegelian dialectic and rule by “consensus”. But they also receive millions in federal taxpayer dollar grants. So the taxpayers are paying double to effectively end America. Some communities have already rebelled against and forced their local governments to abandon ICLEI and Agenda 21 plans, ordinances and the like. However over 600 U.S cities and counties are dues paying members.
    On June 9, 2011, President Obama signed another Executive Order for a Rural Council, yet another nail in the American coffin. Agenda 21 marches on.
    If you want to connect the dots, study Agenda 21. It is well laid out at the UN website. The MSM won’t tell us about it because it is the end of America and it won’t sell well if it was exposed. It is certainly real and is being actively implemented worldwide. If you care to know, just read it.
    The real ominous part of Agenda 21 can be found in it’s companion document, The Biodiversity Convention Treaty, which calls for population control. The U.S. came within an hour of ratifying it but it is being implemented by fiat anyway.
    I have read some of the scientific papers submitted to the various UN committees that came up with the Treaty. The scientists have concluded that we have polluted the Earth to such an extent, that we are past the point of no return. The only conceivable way to save the Earth, and thus the human species, is to severely cull the species. They say that at the current rate of population growth and resource consumption, 7 billion people cannot be sustained. The solution is to concurrently severely reduce energy, food, water, etc., consumption, halt CO2 emissions, and drastically reduce the population by two-thirds. Slashing Medicare by 1/2 trillion dollars when 77 million Baby Boomers are about to sign up for it is a step in the genocide direction consistent with Agenda 21.
    See Henry Lamb’s summary: Watson and Heywood, Convention on Biological Diversity at http://www.freedom.org/reports/gba10.htm
    Ted Turner and Bill Gates and his Margaret Sanger worshipping father, who runs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are huge, (as in billions of dollars) contributors to UN population control/reduction programs and initiatives. George Soros has his hand thoroughly involved as well. The Rockefeller Foundation is a giant influence on Agenda 21 implementation.
    Who will be the lucky livestock to survive the butcher’s cleaver?
    Ominous.
    The problem with Agenda 21 is that it is both a Republican and Democrat agenda. They’re all behind it. While it is hidden from the American public, the rest of the world is well into it. Do a Google alert on Agenda 21 and you will be flooded with all sorts of reports from government bodies around the world working hard to implement Agenda 21.
    Study Agenda 21. Go to http://www.freedomadvocates.org/ for an in depth treatment of it. The American Policy Center has a short summary called Agenda 21 In One Easy Lesson here: http://americanpolicy.org/sustainable-development/agenda-21-in-one-easy-lesson.html/.
    Connect the dots and…
    Good luck, comrade.

     

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