> However, my question is part of the research/background I'm doing for an
>article I'm writing, attempting to answer some of the questions
>frequently launched at organic food/farming (by the likes of Dennis
>Avery) in a non-confrontational manner.
If we have learned anything for the political season so far, it is that
dealing with people who launch smear campaigns cannnot be done by taking
the high road. Just reference Bill Bradley or John McCain.
If the Organic Industry is to survive, it has to have enough fire in its'
belly to stand up and call a lying sack of manure, a lying sack of manure.
This is not a fight about what is right or who is telling the truth. It
is a Propaganda War, period! You don't win wars by playing defense and
responding to the attacks of your opponents.
The organic industry should be tracking the sources of funding for these
right wing and corporate front group and making that the focus. They
should be exposing the percentage of corporately funded research projects
that yield "favorable" results compared to nonbiased research studies.
If you run "an issue oriented campaign", the recent primary election
results presage your result. The right wingers have a lot more money than
the organic industry and will buy the needed research to obfuscate any
claim you make, true or not. Don't let them make You and Your Products the
issue. Cut these liars off at the knees by exposing the "bought and paid
for" nature of their research and operation. An operation that is
conducted in the best interest of the few, not the consuming public.
Distasteful? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely! Expecially if you want to own
your farm when 2010 rolls around instead of being a minimum wage tractor
jockey working for Mega Farm Corporation - part time. Mike Miller
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