On Sun, 16 Apr 00 16:35:34 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>rules." This man (Avery) is not going to play fair. I suppose it is
>necessary to supply reporters with statistics, the Organic Trade
>Association dutifully does this after every attack, but the damage has
>been done. But he will always have more studies, more statistics
>because he is backed by more money (and what statistics he doesn't
>have, he will make up). He won't play by the rules. So change the rules.
Potentially useful bit of ancient wisdom that probably applies here:
Jesus said "If someone hits you on the right cheek, turn him your left
It doesn't mean what you think it does. In that time and era, people
did things (including strike others) only with their right hand, the
left hand being considered unclean as a result of what it was used for.
If you don't understand this, I'll answer you privately. To strike
someone on the right cheek with the right hand can be done only with a
backhand. This is how subordinates, slaves, and socially 'inferior'
people were struck.
Jesus was saying, in effect, "if someone strikes you as though you are
inferior, be willing to take another blow in order to force him to
strike you as an equal."
Just how this could be done in the case of organic would require some
thought, but as a principle, it's not a bad idea. Unfortunately, this
could be tricky to pull off until we have a lot more successful,
professional organic growers who are the acknowledged equals of their
neighbors in the kinds of things conventional agriculture considers
important. Until then, we will be seen (and struck) as an inferior.
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