Re: RE: on going organic
Bob MacGregor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 13:30:41 -0400
Organic agriculture can be approached as a philosophy or as a market position. Hardly any farmers is "literally incapable of change". However, there are a lot who would switch to a sustainable, organic agriculture only for financial rewards. Earlier postings (months back) during the OFPA debate revealed concerns that organic production might be taken over by big corporations focussed only on the bottom line -- ie, lacking the holistic, philosophical basis of the organic movement; this is a feasible outcome as long as the cost-price spread is attractive.
I don't know whether farming organically for financial reasons might slowly lead to acquiring a deeper appreciation of agri-biological processes and evolve toward the more desirable philosophical underpinning of organic ag.
In the near term, you are right to say that some producers are predisposed to make the switch. I applaud the effort to identify telling characteristics of these farmers -- it would sure make it easier (more efficient) to catalyse the transition to sustainable ag if the wheat could more easily be sifted from the chaff, as it were.
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