Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 12:31:32 -0500
Subject: Organic Landscape (too much?)
I've been glazing over when I read some posts, and may have
missed a huge part of this thread. If I've butted in where I'm
obviously misinformed, forgive me.
One thing I see that the folk who subscribe to the 'we have plenty'
argument seem to miss is the quality of the food produced. If we
(corporate America) can go to SE Asia and convince them to grow
our rice because it produces 7x the quantity their traditional
varieties do, we've done a good thing, right? What if that 7x
requires at least 7x the available land and labor to produce it?
What if, once it's produced, it TAKES that much to feed a family
because the nutritive quality is diminished from what they used to
So, are we really producing too much food? or just too much of the
wrong food? If the wheat we harvest and the corn we feed our (food
producing) livestock lack the nutritional aspects too, what are we
promoting? And, I confess I do promote it. We all do to some
extent unless we're totally self sufficient. I still buy commercial
grains for my dairy goats, and I use store bought flour to make my
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