How Dare You Not Use Industrial Chemicals in Your Garden...

Chemicals So says the Mid America Crop Life Association in response to the Obama White House organic garden:

Did you hear the news?  The White House is planning to have an"organic" garden on the grounds to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the Obama's and their guests.  While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made Janet Braun, CropLife Ambassador Coordinator and I shudder.  As a result, we sent a letter encouraging them to consider using crop protection products and to recognize the importance of agriculture to the entire U.S. economy.

Read the letter here at La Vida Locavore.

They refer to modern industrial farm practices as "conventional" in the letter as if organic were some kind of new fangled trend for urbanites. It's actually the way that food was grown for the majority of human history. When the older people in the church found out about what Nancy and I were up to they said, "That's how we all used to live." Local, resourceful and not so dependent on the harvesting of energy from fossil fuels. I'm not against chemicals but jeesh, no need to get defensive.