I am calling for a boycott, some grassroots action, people!
As many of you know, I am an organic farmer in Northern Virginia. Just trying to eek out a living. Anyhow, I came across this piece in Slate by what I thought was the liberal writer Field Maloney... Man, he has gone so paleo-conservative on us! Just read this nonsense:
"...here's another technical point that Whole Foods fails to mention and that highlights what has gone wrong with the organic-food movement in the last couple of decades. Let's say you live in New York City and want to buy a pound of tomatoes in season. Say you can choose between conventionally grown New Jersey tomatoes or organic ones grown in Chile. Of course, the New Jersey tomatoes will be cheaper. They will also almost certainly be fresher, having traveled a fraction of the distance. But which is the more eco-conscious choice? In terms of energy savings, there's no contest: Just think of the fossil fuels expended getting those organic tomatoes from Chile. Which brings us to the question: Setting aside freshness, price, and energy conservation, should a New Yorker just instinctively choose organic, even if the produce comes from Chile? A tough decision, but you can make a self-interested case for the social and economic benefit of going Jersey, especially if you prefer passing fields of tomatoes to fields of condominiums when you tour the Garden State."
What nerve! Who does he think he is? Is it all just about energy calculi, reason, and logic, Field?!? Huh? No! There is principle at stake here, Field. Organic is right for the environment, for the consumer, for Max, for everyone, and the government needs to start making regulations to that end; that is THE point. One more failure by Bush and Co. Surprise, surprise...