Shame on you for saying, "your vision of "organic" agriculture is social
political, not biological." If anyone is trying to turn organic (notice-
quotes) agriculture into a social, political, or even economic issue,
farmers and especially not organic farmers.
Please to note that we are the ones who have preserved the real form of
traditional agriculture through the past 60 years or so. Now that it's
all the money -hungry yobs want to get a piece of the action and want to
organic as a marketing ploy.
It's all about land stewardship, long term management decisions and
our soil base. Not how many bushels or dollars per acre. As I've said
and as Greg said in a recent post, "Besides, if the goal was to get rich
wouldn't we do something besides farming anyhow?"
Those practicing agriculture do it out of love for the work and because
have a special connection and intimacy with the land, plants and
is hard for those without the calling find hard to understand. Those who
practice agribusiness do it for very different reasons, the main one
acquisition of money wealth.
And I'll take that $4/hour. It'll be twice what I make now working 80
hours/week, 9 months/year.
Poor in the bank, rich in the soul.
"Wilson, Dale" wrote:
> > Just to let everyone know, I strongly believe the same way as
> > Gene Logsdon on organic production. The standards should be
> > so strong that none of the big companies ever want to join in
> > organic production.
> That's an interesting and revealing position. The bottom line in your
> vision of "organic" agriculture is social and political, not
> IMO, trying to keep the aggressive entrepreneurs out of the game will
> counterproductive. If there is money to be made in this business,
> entrepreneurs, small, and maybe large, will be interested. The real
> of what you are saying is that you want to make the standards
> and contrived enough to keep real wages of organic farmers at about
> dollars an hour.
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