Steve, please don't start using the term organic in any way to describe
what you are about. I know that you share some aspects of soil and
systems management with what organic should be but I think that
organic is quickly becoming meaningless. I think that those working,
seriously, as you are have a future, I think that the organic community, or
industry or what ever they are calling themselves this week, do not.
Since I have been working with real agriculture (that's the other 99.8% of
agriculture in this country that do not call themselves organic) for the
past two years I find the organic discussions, all five of them, to be a
continuous source of amusement. Indeed as I tell my colleagues
particularly those who are fellow ex-organic bureaucrats, this has got to
be the best spectator sport ever, I mean like since the Romans...
By the way those five organic discussions are the same ones that have
been going on for the past twenty years, over and over and over. They
are like classic sitcoms, but I'm always watching for new twists.
Semi-organic, quasi-organic, sort of-organic, almost-organic, kind
of-organic, organic when I get around to it, organic when the inspector is
here, organic when I feel like it.
I figure that Al Howard, Rudy Steiner, JI Rodale, Bill Albrect and Eve
Balfour get together every now and again to have a good laugh and cry
together... But then again they are probably so busy with really
important work that they don't even bother. No use crying over spilt milk
or lost causes.
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