Thank you for posting and highlighting this article, but this time I wish you would have made an even stronger statement, with even more of the important evidence presented.
Conventional agricultural practices are in fact destroying the planet. It is absolutely vital that we learn to support not only organically-grown, but also locally produced food and other products, and that we stop the trend in agri-business of plant patenting and forcing of local communities (here or abroad) into using cloned seed. The widespread replacement of local heirloom seed with cloned seed means short term gain for large agricultural corporations, but it also can and will (and already does) lead to weakening of the plant species themselves (as when diseases tailor themselves to the clone and wipe out entire crops), and enforced slavery in developing nations where traditional farmers are made to pay for cloned and patented seed based on their own heirloom varities--which they are no longer allowed to use!
Traditional agriculture cripples everyone except the rich leaders of the corporations controling its practices. It produces unsafe foods in unsafe working conditions with plants that are themselves no longer safe from disease. To support our own health, the health of others, of future generations, and of the planet, we must learn to buy both organic and local.
Thanks again, and I will get off my soapbox now. (-:
- 1/30/2008 12:25:58 AM