Great article! I was at the grocery store a few weeks back when the cashier made a comment about why she didn't know why anyone would want to buy organic (as she was ringing up my organic produce) because it was "twice the price and the exact thing as the 'regular' stuff". I was so taken aback that she criticized my buying habits that I couldn't come up with a response. At least now I'll have some facts in my head to throw at her, should I see her again.
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. (-:
Thank you for the reminder! I try to buy organic whenever possible, but sometimes just get lazy in my quest to find it. The cheapest way to eat organic is to grow it ourselves and this has inspired me to continue that practice!
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