Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I stumbled upon an organic food advocacy blog this morning. It didn't take long for me to start shaking my head in disgust. If you're in traditional agriculture...crops or livestock...go read "10 Reasons You Want Organic" and be equally as entertained (Reason #4, if you read the comments, is what really set me off). If you're not a farmer, please take note that they justify their claims in the name of science without referencing any studies, legitimate or otherwise.

I'm perfectly willing to say "more power to you" if you are an organic producer. And I've noticed that virtually every organic producer I've ever talked to mentions that its a great way for them to make a great living supplying a product that people will pay a premium for. In my mind, all farmers, traditional and organic, have a place in supplying our people's food and fiber, and the common challenges we face far outweigh the differences we sometimes have.

What bothers me is the seemingly endless hate that's coming from some organic consumers. Not all, and probably not most, but too many nonetheless. They take take the issue from one of personal preference (of taste and locally-grown) and present it as a choice between good and evil. Of course, we've all seen that otherwise well-intentioned people will fall for a sensationalized agenda hook, line, and sinker. In this case, I'm afraid some folks have gone plain organicrazy.

1 comment:

Paintsmh said...

Thanks for the comment over on my blog.

And OOOHHHH I am coming to hate the portion organic touting folks who don't have a clue about the actual agricultural industry. They can pass off total lies and half truths as iron clad facts, people buy right into it, and don't even check to see what the facts are.