I went to the North Coast Journal's web site to see if I could get a peek at the hit piece I've been informed they wrote on the No On T committee's presentation to the Republican Women's Federation. Unfortunately, it hasn't been uploaded to the web site yet.
So, since I needed something to read with my lunch, I read the story the Journal wrote on the 4th District Supervisorial race I never got around to reading last week. I was struck by this quote in Bonnie Neely's part of the story:
For example, she says, Humboldt County secured a half-million dollar grant to convert a dairy in Miranda to organic. "As a result, we now have 13 organic dairies.".
WHAT??? Half a million bucks to convert a dairy farm to organic??? Nothing against Neely on this but that sounds like a ridiculous waste of money. I hardly think that's something to be proud of. I'm not all that down on organic food, either. I'm just not going to pay extra money for it.
Along that same line, I was over at Les Schwab the other day getting a flat tire fixed. I bumped into a magazine I'd never seen before while sitting in the waiting room. Fast Company had this article on the future of organic gardening.
Interesting that the guy they interview for the story is a long time organic gardener and also serves in a Vice President capacity for General Mills. If advocates of organic gardening want to be more effective, they should follow his common sense approach rather than concentrating on scare tactics against conventional farming methods.
Be sure and take note where he gives credit to Wal Mart for helping out the organic food industry.