Okay, back on topic. I see their point, Michelle's idea is just more of the current administration's designer theatrics. Organic farming is just not feasible on a commercial level. It's a cool and hip idea for a backyard garden but not for big farms, you'd see food prices skyrocket, and it's not really a proven science that organic food is healthier.
As you go about planning and planting the White House garden, we respectfully encourage you to recognize the role conventional agriculture plays in the U.S in feeding the ever-increasing population, contributing to the U.S. economy and providing a safe and economical food supply.
You're right organic food usually isn't any healthier for you. But some of it tastes a lot better. You should read "The Omnivore's Dilemma". You might be surprised that you agree with most of it. It's not that organic farming is healthier, in fact he slams brutally the stupid Whole Foods organic farming approach. Free range chickens at Whole Foods are not free range. The door is left open the last week but no chicken walks out. They're stuffed in just like all the other chickens. Most of what is "organic" is BS the same way.
I have nothing against chemical fertilizer, EDTA, BHTA, all sorts of preservatives. I hate the fact if I accidentally buy a loaf of bread at Whole Foods that it is getting fuzzy with mold before I get home. Or I accidently buy "organic" asparagus at $56 a pound.
But the reasons why the big ag is stuffing us all full of high fructose corn syrup and all the rest of the things one can extract from number 2 corn is because we have settled for crap food and fat kids and cheap calories. We have the worst tasting food because we are married to corn and the Iowa corn farmers are getting totally screwed on the front end.
I just joined a CO-Op that sells parts of the steers that are eating grass a few blocks from my house. I'm eating eggs from the farm of someone in my lab. I'm trying to wean myself off the tasteless crud that General Mills and all the rest take cheap HFC syrup and add salt and fat then sell it to you.
It's a conundrum that makes no sense. We settle for either totally processed food which sucks or we eat organic food that is too expensive and half the time it sucks too. There is a third way. A rational way. Preservatives are nothing to be feared. Nor is GMO or gamma irradiated food. We could be eating much higher quality food if we didn't go overboard one way or the other. I don't want to eat processed corn. Nor do I want to eat expensive "organic" food that is not really any healthier for you because it's just big business making it too and scamming you.
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