Lots of conventional farmers want conventional and organic farmers to hold hands and be on the same team. Sunshine and lollipops and all that.
“We’re all part of getting the job done.”
Sure, we are all trying to feed people. But the only way organic farmers can market organic produce for a premium is if they convince consumers there is something wrong with conventional produce. And this is exactly what they try to do.
We see it all the time with restaurants that want to see their food by telling you the other guys are selling stuff full of hormones or antibiotics. The same happens with organic produce. “Buy our stuff for a higher price because the other guy is selling stuff packed with pesticides and bad things. And our stuff is more nutritional!”
Organic farmers will hold hand and sing songs with us. . . as long as they can keep scaring consumers into buying their food.
One Illinois mom ran into this very situation. Along with a group of other moms, she was on a tour visiting farms. They stopped at conventional and organic farms. And when she got to the organic farm, there weren’t fluffy unicorns….
It wasn’t exactly what we expected to hear at a farm tour sponsored by the Illinois Farm Families program.
What we expected when George Kalogridis, an Indiana-based organic certification manager, stepped in front of the crowd of Chicago Field Moms and downstate (cattle raising) farm moms a couple weekends ago during our tour of the Larson/Martz grain and cattle operation, was a few details on what’s allowed and not allowed on certified organic farms. Maybe a little on the types of pesticides they do and don’t allow. Maybe a little on what it takes to become a certified organic farmer. A chance to ask our questions.
Instead, we got indoctrination.
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And once you’ve finished reading: congrats to her and her fellow moms for actually standing up to this guy and setting the record straight. We all need to stand up to the lies and misconceptions and I’m glad she had the courage to do that.