The Bartlett Brothers challenge went out to the CEOs of 3 of the most powerful corporations in the dominant food and farm system to a public debate on the future of food on the Winter Solstice, 2014. (see video below)
The National Debate may resemble a David & Goliath struggle of 3 middle class farmers/food justice activists/faith-based proponents of a just, sustainable food system with the leaders of companies grossing $522.36 billion in net sales (2013).
Yes, the three CEOs earn 400 times more than the three of us combined. But we are not afraid. They may have legions of handlers, lawyers and lobbyists and we have none. Nevertheless, we are prepared to debate them.
What we have on our side are the cries and stories of millions, even billions, of people who are suffering due to the way the dominant system treats food, farmers, farm workers, food chain workers, and the natural world.
How can we not challenge them?
On the first day of increased light in the northern hemisphere, brother David (Bartlett) Abazs issued the challenge outside his farmhouse in Finland, MN on behalf of the Bartlett Brothers. Son Colby filmed the event and son Tremayne composed and played an original piano piece called, “Going Places.” Now we are waiting…