Friday, March 2, 2012

The Conventional Cop-out

This article is complete nonsense! Sure, it starts off with a slightly entertaining Woody Allen illustration and the closes with a nifty basketball analogy, but in between, there’s not much substance.  In fact, here’s the crux of the entire article−organic yields of individual crops are on average 80 percent of conventional yields, and therefore organic crops cannot feed the world.

Nice try! But before we just rule out organic farming, why not look for ways to increase supply. What if more people took up organic farming?  What if cities, towns, provinces, counties, states and countries around the world devoted more land to organic agriculture.  What if governments leveled the playing field by not subsidizing conventional farms? What if our school systems taught on the benefits of organic agriculture and raised a generation of kids who were interested in organic farming? What if more churches and community organizations around the world would step up to the plate (that’s right, I can use sports analogies too), and serve their communities with an organic garden. What if every family with a backyard decided to plant their very own organic garden?

My point is that it’s very convenient for this conventional cattle feed operator to wax eloquent about the difficulties associated with growing the organic food supply, but then again, anything worth doing usually requires hard work, sacrifice and overcoming obstacles. Or as Theodore Roosevelt put it…

The men and women who have the right ideals ... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.

Sorry, I couldn’t find a Woody Allen quote.