I agree. There are farms around here that claim if they did not become certified organic, they would have gone under. I truly believe them too. So that is good and good golly I buy enough organic food for Alyson as that is all she eats.
My biggest issue is that this group dislikes any Genetically Engineered stuff. They have doomsday predictions on things and say so on page 3 of their newspaper. On page 5 they tout the virtues of gentically engineered willow saplings that are being farmed and baled and used as biomass fuel. It seemed kind of hypocritical.
The other issue I have is their claim that the standard american farmer is failing. I really don't see that. First I do not know any standard farmer anywhere, and I don't think US farmers are failing. There is 2% of us in this country and yet we feed 98% of the nation and export even more. Yeah we import some food too, but the farmers are very productive. In the 80's, too productive. There was so much food it costs less to buy it then produce it. That is a supply and demand thing, not failure.
Overall though, organic farming has its place. They created a niche market for themselves and are doing well at it. I applaud their hard work, outside-the-box type thinking, and creative ways of dealing with crop issues without using pesticides and fertilizers.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"