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DEAR NEW FARM:
“Amen” to Parker
Bosley's letter, NF Newsletter July 13. I also reference an
unfortunate phrase in the lead sentence of Cornucopia's
Op.Ed in same Newsletter: "... right-wing think tank ..."
Mightn't a representative of a left-wing think tank possibly, sometime,
be as idiotic?
I took a brief look at Hudson's site. Any place that recommends
Joe Lieberman for the next Secretary of State sure cannot be all
that right wing! More to the point, I along with many other readers
of NF despise Avery of the Hudson Institute; I care not at all that
his viewpoints may be left, center, right, or other.
Our issue is the viability of ecological, organic farming, and
mostly that in the United States. Because farming activities involve
so much of the rest of society, some non-farm issues will be appropriate
to consider but only with the least possible reference to political
tendency. For example, with Lisa
Hamilton's excellent descriptions of various ranchers' ecologically-oriented,
profitability-oriented management methods, I don't care who
they're going to vote for next elections. Geez, I don't even care
what movies they like. I don't care about those cultural tendencies,
because I do care a lot about the culture of ecological agriculture.
That culture will succeed more quickly without the burden of left-right
As my personal area of active interest during the last 15 years,
I can definitely communicate that in the area of non-toxic or low-risk
"pesticides,” EPA interpretation under both Republican
and Democrat administrations has been continuously incompetent,
with the result of slowing the advancement of ecological methods
Please just tell your Op.Ed contributors to skip all the political
swipes when they write for NF.
Three Hills Farm
DEAR NEW FARM:
During my years of organic gardening, teaching organic gardening
and farming workshops here and abroad, I have never read a better
article than the
one of July 2 by Parker Bosley, the restaurateur from Cleveland,
Ohio. Apparently, most famers like he discusses are not taking the
organic certification route. They are right.
There is no end to the conferences, meetings, etc., that are occurring
monthly, sometimes I think weekly, all over this nation discussing
this. There is no end to the listserves on the Internet discussing
this. They encourage attendance, and sometimes I am invited to speak.
My question is this: After all these are finished, how many farmers
have switched to organics? How many more consumers are buying from
the local organic family farms, either directly or at the farmer's
markets? Usually the answer is “none”. The solution
to the problem is just what Mr. Bosley and those farmers are doing
and will continue to do.