>>I find even more interesting than those in his message: 1) Why? 2) Why?
>>1) Why would any organic producer want to produce tobacco? I once
>>read a statement of organic principles somewhere that I seem to recall
>>featured words like "wholesome, healthful products."
>>2) Why would any organic consumer want to consume tobacco? I'd be very
>>interested to hear whether they pay a premium for organic tobacco, and if
>>why? To safeguard their health?
>>I hadn't heard that there is significant organic tobacco production, but
>>there is, doesn't this raise some pretty serious questions about what in
>>world "organic" is all about? Perhaps some organic tobacco
>>producers/consumers could enlighten me.
>I'm neither a tobacco producer nor consumer, but I feel strongly that the
>word organic refers (or should refer) to the production of a crop in an
>environmentally sustainable manner. It isn't (or shouldn't) be a buzzword
>for healthfulness, and doesn't indicate anything about the habits of the
>consumer. Although many people choose organic products because the
>products will be better for them, I think we're gonna be sliding down the
>old conventional slippery slope if we try to argue that organic products
>are about consumer fancies: what next -- organic seatbelts?
>At any rate, were I a tobacco consumer, I'd definitely want to smoke
>organic tobacco, in part for reasons of my own health (I have no desire to
>inhale a load of petro-chemical residues), in part to protect the earth in
>which it was grown. After all, nobody's eating organic cotton, but a
>number of people are growing and marketing it now.