Besides being a farmer I'm an old journalist who is still doing a regular
column in the local paper. The best way to deal with What's His Name from
Virginia is to ignore him. Every time you refute what he said or argue
against his position or try character assassination you mention his name
and remind the public who he is and maybe even make them recall what he
said. A few of them might believe you but they are just as likely to stick
with him. Letters to the editor printed in the paper have attack me from
every conceivable angle over the years but I have never responded to one,
it only adds to their credibliity.
In the strongest, most positive terms sell your organic/sustainable farm
methods and products. God help me if I'd ever let scientists tell me
whether or not my fruit and veggies are nutritious, I and the livestock
know better than the best-meaning lab technician. The nutition, flavour,
smells, textures, appearance of the produce I grow does not have to be
compared to some poor clown still dousing fields with chemicals, the
qualitites of my are absolute, the proof is in the eating.
A couple of nights ago I attended a forum to hear and question people who
had been part of a exchange between British Columbia and Cuban farmers.
Here is a whole nation that is organic, and they have much less selection
than most of us for their inputs. These are people to learn from
(especially for you folks living in the U.S.). Guess what, members of
farmer-owned co-ops earn more per year than bankers, doctors, or engineers
in Cuba. Sounds like their on to something, eh.
Vancouver Island, Canada
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