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…
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:
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!