I for one would would be interested in knowing if the following was
written on government time (i.e at the tax payers expense) or is that
just from a govt. pension.
I also wonder why the dominant tone is that of ridicule. Is that
because the problem was handed over to an agency that was neither
prepared nor very interested in providing a congruent direction?
Lastly, it doesn't seem to me the any attempt is made to point toward
where agriculture *should* be heading. While the contributions made by
Howard, Steiner, Rodale, Albrect and Balfour still have meaning, the
job is far from done and must be shouldered by those still active ion
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Friday, April 14, 2000, 9:42:26 AM, Ted Rogers of the USDA wrote:
TR> Steve, please don't start using the term organic in any way to describe
TR> what you are about. I know that you share some aspects of soil and
TR> systems management with what organic should be but I think that
TR> organic is quickly becoming meaningless. I think that those working,
TR> seriously, as you are have a future, I think that the organic community, or
TR> industry or what ever they are calling themselves this week, do not.
TR> Since I have been working with real agriculture (that's the other 99.8% of
TR> agriculture in this country that do not call themselves organic) for the
TR> past two years I find the organic discussions, all five of them, to be a
TR> continuous source of amusement. Indeed as I tell my colleagues
TR> particularly those who are fellow ex-organic bureaucrats, this has got to
TR> be the best spectator sport ever, I mean like since the Romans...
TR> By the way those five organic discussions are the same ones that have
TR> been going on for the past twenty years, over and over and over. They
TR> are like classic sitcoms, but I'm always watching for new twists.
TR> Semi-organic, quasi-organic, sort of-organic, almost-organic, kind
TR> of-organic, organic when I get around to it, organic when the inspector is
TR> here, organic when I feel like it.
TR> I figure that Al Howard, Rudy Steiner, JI Rodale, Bill Albrect and Eve
TR> Balfour get together every now and again to have a good laugh and cry
TR> together... But then again they are probably so busy with really
TR> important work that they don't even bother. No use crying over spilt milk
TR> or lost causes.
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