Liz Pike wrote:
> Sal, I am organic, and I agree with many of your points. What I object to
> is the inflexible attitude many of my fellow organic growers have towards
> those who are NOT organic. I was out with a farmer today--a conventional
> farmer with 40 years experience. Did I rip into him for standing next to a
> huge tractor with a belly full of Round-Up?? NO--I listened while he
> proudly showed me he'd quit planting to the edges to allow for more
> wildlife. I walked with him to fields he'd taken out of production, and
> planted with red clover. All in the name of doing his job better. Who
> knows, maybe next year he'll cut back on the Round-Up. The more he learns,
> the more he'll change. But not through intolerance.
> Get out, meet some farmers, put faces on all those labels we've created for
> our profession. Then take a look. You'll see your neighbors, you'll see
> yourself. People doing their best with the knowledge they have. We can
> only start from where we are. And for that I applaud them.
> Liz Pike
you understand what I am trying to say. You also understand what it will take
for sustainable agriculture to advance in greater adaptation as stated in your
experiance this morning. We must build bridges and not make war. Not to say
that there isn't a time to speak out, but generally I've found this stategy is
the most effective.
-- Steve Groff
"Enhancing the Environment" http://www.cedarmeadowfarm.com/ Cedar Meadow Farm 679 Hilldale Road Holtwood, PA 17532 USA
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