Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Promoting Organic Agriculture

Organic Agriculture deserving of a fresh look by governments and 'development' specialists and decision makers. - We should all help and find time to do more work linking the benefits of local and organic to other environmental causes. - Organic is being criticized because aspects of it have occasionally been taken up by large corporations with a single bottom line ethics, as a money making scheme. Granted organic CAFOs and intensive chicken factories, as well as shipping Organic foods to far away places, are also unsustainable practices and do not exactly meet with the IFOAM Principles or Organic Agriculture but they are still much, much, much better than their conventional counterparts.

The Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture are astounding.

Organic deserves recognition as an important way to help mitigate climate change!

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Here is a poem by W.D. Ehrhart 'The Farmer' that feels appropriate for the topic.

Each day I go into the fields
to see what is growing
and what remains to be done.
It is always the same thing: nothing
is growing, everything needs to be done.
Plow, harrow, disc, water, pray
till my bones ache and hands rub
blood-raw with honest labor—
all that grows is the slow
intransigent intensity of need.
I have sown my seed on soil
guaranteed by poverty to fail.
But I don’t complain—except
to passersby who ask me why
I work such barren earth.
They would not understand me
if I stooped to lift a rock
and hold it like a child, or laughed,
or told them it is their poverty
I labor to relieve. For them,
I complain. A farmer of dreams
knows how to pretend. A farmer of dreams
knows what it means to be patient.
Each day I go into the fields.