> > so the farmer has two options:
> > a) stay in the market with a (maybe extremely reduced
> > assortment) and very likely losing money or having an hourly
> > income not worth the time spent
> > b) switch to sell non-organic food from southern countries and
> > (that's important for the confidence) to clearly tell your
> > clients, that this is conventional food
> Forming cooperatives of small growers that can increase their
> own and each others' product mix is another alternative.
Why not form Northern Hemisphere/Southern Hemisphere organic grower
cooperatives. Organic produce would come from the south during the winter,
to stoke up the northern organic grower/marketer, and northern organic
produce would go south to stoke up and support southern hemisphere growers
in their winter. Doing it cooperatively with a reasonably large group would
ameliorate shipping costs.
I know this is logistically difficult, but where there is a will, and a
common culture (organic ag) there is probably a way, and the internet could
provide some of the infrastructure and planning.
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