> At 07:31 AM 10/8/97 -0700, Diane Cooner wrote:
>>hi sal, I am glad that your posts to SANET have gotten the juices flowing
>>for lots of folks. but you can't demand that people not assign your name
>>to their actions - rather, you should be proud that what you're saying is
>>spurring people to comment, and (what a concept) even maybe action.
>>I read your post to me last week, and got seriously uptight about it. At
>>first I was planning to go over your letter line by line, and I did. I
>>agree with a lot of what you had to say, specifically that it's no good
>>to keep burdening the small organic farmer with more & more $$ fees.
>>Also, that the consumer is the one left out of the paying scale here,
>>since the middleman seems to be the one making the $$. If the gov't
>>stopped commercial ag subsidies, then we would have TRUE costs of food in
>>the marketplace, and organic wouldn't seem so high.
>>Anyway, we do agree on a lot, but what I finally have to say is that
>>while your message is heartfelt, your approach sucks! All your comments
>>did were to inflame me. There are lots of potential allies out there, who
>>all are trying to be positive forces in this organic movement, including
>>lots of inspectors such as Robert Dixon, but when you attack people, then
>>you are letting the corporate interests win, since we are now divided and
>>they are still getting away with crap.
>>I agree that the small farmer shouldn't have to keep paying and paying -
>>but it is equally wrong to expect the inspector to pay for his time and
>>gasoline when he has to drive 2 hours to get to an operation, and no one
>>is closer that can inspect. Why should it be on his back? It SHOULD be on
>>the consumer's back. As Rob mentioned in his post, this is being left out
>>of the dialogue, and believe it or not, most inspectors agree that the
>>CONSUMER should be footing this bill - the question is how. This comes
>>back again to the true cost of comm'l ag, which I read a year or so ago
>>puts a head of lettuce at about $3.10 each! So we again learn something
>>we already knew - the system isn't perfect.
>>I don't know which inspectors you have dealt with, but 90% of the ones I
>>know (around 100 worldwide) are as passionate about the integrity of
>>organic as you are. To say they have these part-time jobs just to bleed
>>organic growers is really an insult.
>>I would like to continue this dialog, on a calmer tone. I enjoy your
>>posts, but please quit flaming folks - you're doing yourself a
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