[Market-farming] organic verses conventional

maury sheets maurysheets at verizon.net
Fri Aug 3 09:17:43 EDT 2007

The Denver op-ed piece sure did stir up some controversy.  I have been
trying to be organic since I was 10 years old (that's 50 years now).   To
paraphrase an old saying, "I was organic when organic wasn't cool". We all
want to have what is best for our families and the planet, but you can't
always get what you want.  Never underestimate the power of life on this
planet, It can be undaunting when it is some insect that comes along to a
feast you set up for him and then we can't figure out where the population
explosion came from.  So we try to do the best we can. 

 It isn't the government that will change us into an organic market, but it
will be economics that will help more than anything.  So many talk about the
conventional vegetable farming taking place.   It doesn't exist here in
South Jersey any more.  The days of spraying constantly and often even when
not necessary are pretty much gone.  Now that pesticides are 600 to 1000
dollars a gallon or pound, farmers that used to spray indiscriminately have
stopped.  When prices were 5 dollars a pound, you added extra to the mix to
insure a complete kill.  Now if the package says 4 ounces to a tank, they
will try to get by with only three ounces, and then only after scouting
their fields and waiting for a large enough population of the insect in

The question should not be organic or conventional, but local and
sustainable small farmers rather than large agribusinesses shipping
thousands of miles all over the world.  Pennsylvania's slogan "buy fresh,
buy local" says it all.  The buyers want FRESH and many of them see organic
as fulfilling that promise.  That promise is going out the window with
agribiz organic coming on strong,  Let's all try to do what we do best, grow
wholesome fresh food with as little impact on the planet as possible.

I am done my rant.  Thank you.


Maury Sheets 


Woodland Produce- Fairton, New Jersey

Hydroponically producing sustainable salad greens in the Northeast.


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