[Market-farming] odd request for the list
KAKerby at aol.com
KAKerby at aol.com
Fri Mar 4 15:20:00 EST 2011
I was recently contacted by someone who had written an article about
organic farming, and he wanted my "take" on it. I wasn't sure what to expect,
nor why he would ask my opinion (or even how he found me). But I said sure,
I'll read it. You can read his article _here_
When I did read it, I was rather irritated with the article - its premise,
its arguments and its conclusion all smacked of a profound lack of
understanding about organic farming and what the issues are. I wrote back what I
thought was a very gentle reply, encouraging this individual to "dig a
little deeper" if he wanted to write about organic agriculture issues in any
sort of competent and significant way. His reply to that was "thanks anyway".
It felt like a lost opportunity to educate one more person on the issues
faced by growers and livestock producers, whether organic or not. On the
other hand I wondered if I was making a big deal out of nothing. He's not a
policy maker, he's not even in the ag industry. Just some guy who wanted
to write about organic farming. But the whole experience gave me a sour
"missed opportunities" feeling.
I guess I'd be curious what y'all think of his article, and if I
over-reacted. I'd also be curious if anyone on the list has successfully "educated"
someone who expressed a general interest in the topic, but came into it
with what IMHO amounted to a junior high school level of knowledge about the
subject matter. I think education is so important if we are to protect and
promote the work that we do. I shudder to think this article really
represents what the public thinks of our efforts (and our intelligence). Or
maybe I'm just over-reacting.
Ruminations - essays on the farming life at frogchorusfarm.com/weblog.html
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