That's the kind of thinking that may earn profits in the short run: Let's cash in and pack our pockets as full of money as we can and the devil take those who don't.
If we followed this line of thinking- what makes money is good, then slavery is the best thing for agriculture because slaves are cheaper than migrant workers, which are cheaper than full-time employees.
Also, are commercial enterprises exempt from morality? Since I operate a commercial enterprise- a farm- I should be able to do anything to increase my profits. This might include dumping old pesticides in streams because it's more expensive than required disposal, operating illegal labor camps or enslaving immigrants. What kind of
schizophrenia is this- that we separate our morality from our businesses? I guess it's OK for me to do anything in the name of business as long as I go to church on Sunday and donate a few dollars a year to an environmental and/or social justice organization.
So, since they cater to anybody that will buy anything, we should not object this reasoning leads us to the conclusion that apartheid shouldn't be challenged because South Africa is selling goods on the world market and some customers don't care about social issues?
Sorry, Bob, but your reasoning sounds like a justification for business as usual and that there is a separation between what we do in the business world and what we do at home and in our spiritual lives. I contend that the true path lies in applying our highest spiritual truths to everything we do.
Please to understand that I'm not criticizing you, but the attitude that profits should guide us. This philosophy leads to bankruptcy- moral, physical and, eventually, financially.
And about the "organic purists"- Hey! I resemble that statement!
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Bob MacGregor wrote:
> Rebecca said, "As an organic grower, I demand a certain amount of integrity in those with whom I deal,..."
> I think you meant "agreement" or, perhaps, "conformity" rather than integrity. If these companies claimed to supply _only_ approved organic seeds or if they failed to inform customers of the characteristics of their seeds (ie, GMOs), then integrity might be appropriate.
> These are commercial enterprises catering to a wider customer base than just the dedicated organic purists. If their customers don't want GE seeds, they'll not buy them and Johnny's and Stokes will not offer them; if, on the other hand, the demand is there, they would be foregoing a market opportunity by not responding to the demand.
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