I'm really into food these days.
I'm following this GMO/evil Monsanto situation like a hawk (and I'm ready to move up the road to VT).
I'm mad as a lion at my Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, among others, who are supporting evil Monsanto. I voted for you and you've failed me!
A few years ago I was talking to my dad (I think...or someone in my family...) and mentioned something being organic. And he said that when he was a kid, he never heard that term used. After a moment, we realized that was because all food was organic. There was no need to distinguish organic vs. chemical laden.
Now I do not eat all organic or all local. Maybe one day I will be there. But that's just not realistic for me at this point. It's a dream and a goal, though!
But I read a lot about food. And think a lot about food. And dream about growing a lot of food.
And I was thinking the other day about how many smaller farms (my favorite kind) use organic farming methods but can't legally label themselves as organic because the cost to have the testing done is prohibitive. And how expensive organic products are, in part, because of the expense of acquiring the all important official organic certification.
Why does our country punish organic farmers with added expenses and extra hoops to jump through? Doesn't that seem rather backwards?
So farming organically requires inspections and labels but farming with toxic waste gets a thumbs up? Seems like an incredibly effed up system to me!
What if the government lifted those fines for organic farmers? And instead, they required all farms not meeting the strict criteria to be labeled organic to pay a fine for being non-organic.
Those farms are, after all, saving so much more money by using GMOs and heavy chemicals as methods of farming. Doesn't it make more sense that they should have to bear that burden instead of the farmers avoiding such methods? Might it even encourage some farmers to farm without chemicals and GMO/evil Monsanto products?
Like my famously unpopular suggestion to save the postal system, I am sure this too will fall on deaf ears. But I just can't shake the feeling that America is once again celebrating those who do it wrong and punishing those who do it right. I dub this The Kardashian-syndrome!
Clean food should not cost more! It just shouldn't!