Many often accuse me of being anti organic, I’m not although at times it’s hard not to throw organic marketing under the proverbial bus. Here are a few things you should know about me.
- I am not against organic crops or farmers.
- I believe consumers and farmers should have choices; one persons rights do not trump another’s.
- I am AGAINST proponents who try to influence pubic opinion and policy against conventional farmers.
- I do NOT believe in pitting one farmer against another, based on farming methods or seed choices.
- Organic and locally grown food will NOT save the. world from hunger
I do not purchase certified organic due to the cost and the fact that I am fully aware of their marketing perceptions and the health halo many who shop at Whole Foods are under. All farmers use crop protection methods and pesticides; even organic producers. I have read the studies and its my choice as a consumer to not choose organic, no I am not immoral or a bad person, just educated in the reality of chemicals and food safety. The reality of food and agriculture in Hawaii and beyond is Farmers are under attack; their being vilified for no reason. Support all forms of farming, your free to choose as a consumer but do not attack those who work hard daily to feed and sustain the rest of us.
I applaud all farmers, especially organic farmers in Hawaii considering our weed and pest loads. Yet I do not feel they deserve special consideration as organic producers receive a premium price for a voluntary label, its a choice.
Do not attack another farmer because of seed or crop choices as it serves zero purpose and will not help us reach across our plates and end this debate.
I don’t have much time as its almost time for roller derby practice but I felt I needed to share this considering I’m often labeled as anti organic, I am not. I am PRO-AGRICULTURE and yes, I Thank my Farmers. I do not eat organic apples…I eat Gmo’s both fresh in the form of Hawaii papaya, corn and in processed food. I also consume gmo products to sustain my life and so do you, that is if you use gas that contains ethanol or have tires on your car (Many of the products in your daily life contain industrial ag products made from soy and corn). Thank a farmer today instead of forcing him or her to defend why they do what they do. If you do not agree, fine choose another product at the market. I on the other hand wish to preserve affordable food choices and help fed the world. A consumers choice does not trump a farmers choice of seed or crops anymore than a farmer should force a consumers choice.