michelle obama’s organic plot

I don’t for a minute think that Michelle Obama’s organic garden is going to fix the vast problems we face in agriculture today, but I applaud her and hope that her garden inspires people to dig up their lawns and grow their own food and maybe give a little nudge to her husband to take a look at the mess and mockery we’ve made of agriculture in this country, and maybe give some support to *real* farmers to get out from under petro-chemical’s thumb…but til then…

thanks to my friend admnaismith for this post http://admnaismith.livejournal.com/255089.html

Apparently, two representatives from the Mid America CropLife Association object strenuously to Michelle Obama’s plan for an organic garden, claiming that refusing to use poison on her children’s food is a slap in the face to the American way of agriculture.

It’s a long letter full of propaganda, but I’d like to quote the end of the letter, where they request that Michelle Obama consider using pesticides (crop protection products) and read up on their programs:

As you go about planning and planting the White House garden, we respectfully encourage you to recognize the role conventional agriculture plays in the U.S in feeding the ever-increasing population, contributing to the U.S. economy and providing a safe and economical food supply. America’s farmers understand crop protection technologies are supported by sound scientific research and innovation.

The CropLife Ambassador Network offers educational programs for elementary school educators at http://ambassador.maca.org covering the science behind crop protection products and their contribution to sustainable agriculture. You may find our programs America’s Abundance, Farmers Stewards of the Land and War of the Weeds of particular interest. We thank you for recognizing the importance and value of America’s current agricultural technologies in feeding our country and contributing to the U.S economy.

“War of the Weeds”???
You can read the entire letter and some commentary here:
http://www.lavidalocavore.org/showDiary.do?diaryId=1309

I’d be laughing if it wasn’t all so dismal. If you want to see what’s really going on with agriculture in America, start by reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. And instead of poisoning those dandelions in an effort to win the “war” on weeds, eat them! They are very good food and free for the picking!


7 responses to “michelle obama’s organic plot

  • Anonymous

    hey linda, john from louisiana here. hope all is well in the brni/linda homestead. this spring i am trying an experiment with corn–1 row planted where i had peas in winter and 1 row i hit w/ fertilizer before planting and will hit again when plants are ankle-high. week 2 of experiment, and it looks like plants in row 1 are slightly higher and robust. another week and i’ll know for sure.
    winter crops included experimentals: chard, kale, bok choy.
    next winter: napa cabbage and artichokes.
    here’s a gift: google “Official George W. Bush Presidential Librarium”
    ps i need a re-send of a recipe you sent me long ago. please e-mail my yahoo addie (jaycon11). thanks. peace.

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  • earlofgrey

    Thank you for posting this.
    How is your poor foot doing?

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  • nimitzbrood

    Yum…pesticides…
    It amazes me the lengths these people will go to. I’ve just got to wonder though if they even hear the words coming out of their own mouths. 😦

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    • lsaboe

      The problem is, they not only believe what they say, they are right. If you are practicing industrial agriculture–monoculture–where you concentrate on ONE crop, be it corn, soy, beef, dairy, poultry, pork, etc. then you can’t do it without the aid of petro-chemical fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, etc.
      And this is the problem–the disconnect between the kind of agriculture that we subsidize in this country and *farming* where farmers used to grow many kinds of crops, had livestock that lived on grass in pastures, supplying nutrients to the soil, etc. Sustainable agriculture is one that can continue to thrive by creating a wonderful feedback-loop that is seen in nature. Where there is no waste–everything is used and everything enhances the whole.
      The real lie is claiming that industrial farming is sustainable. It’s not. Without government subsidies, chemical fertilizers to boost exhausted soil, antibiotics to keep penned cattle living in their own excrement alive till slaughter, Monsanto, ADM, Tyson, etc., our whole system would fail in short order.

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      • nimitzbrood

        *nod*
        My grandmother taught me such things when she was actively farming on her property. Maybe that’s what we need – an army of Romanian grandmothers. 😉
        A side note – there was a letter in this month’s Mother Earth News (April/May 2009) by a farmer concerning the “Roundup Ready” soybeans in which he says that they have produced far less than the heirloom crops and that the weeds are now resistant to Roundup anyway.
        The fact that the writers of that letter speak of “War of the Weeds” means that they believe in escalation of the pesticide strength. An arms race against the weeds so to speak. This is unconscionable in my book as it is yet another thing that will lead to a dead planet if let run its course. /rant

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