I just bought some organic salad mix at Kroger.
If I say that out loud tomorrow in my class full of agriculturalist who’ve come from production- AG backgrounds, they would likely go into defense-mode and attack me. They’d ask “What the heck Julia?!” “Whose side are you on?”
I did not buy the organic salad mix because I thought it was healthier- it’s not. I didn’t buy it because I’m switching teams- I’m not. The organic salad mix was on sale for cheaper than its conventionally-grown counterpart. I do know some “AG folks” who have told me they left a store to drive to another because they were looking for a specific fruit and all that particular store had were organically grown options.
I think that’s ridiculous. You see, I’m pro-AG. I know that some farmer, some where, grew the organic product that I purchased- and I am pro that guy. I don’t understand why we have to put one another down. I raise conventionally grown beef. While I want you to know there are no proven health benefits from consuming organic beef, if you’d prefer to pay the premium to consume organic beef, you’re supporting a beef cattle farmer somewhere, and I’m proud of that. At the same time I hope no organic farmer is spreading lies about my product.
It’s similar to feminism. If instead of pointing fingers at and mocking other women, we all came together against issues such as unequal pay for women, we’d get a lot further. We ought to realize some women feel empowered by things other women don’t. Some farmers raise organic beef, and some farmers don’t. But I’ll support all the women and all the farmers who don’t run one another down, and instead build one another up.