Organic farmers should not be forced out of business. They provide a valuable and needed product-pesticide free produce which has been shown to be safer for human consumption.
One solution to the water testing issue mentioned in this article would be for the government to certify a local lab or independent contractor to do the water testing so as to speed up the turnaround in getting the results back. The FDA could also form a committee with people from the organic farming community to assist with establishing the various rules they are looking to possible now impose.
On the other hand, many more of us should probably learn how to grow produce ourselves. Having a garden and/or participating in the city community garden is a good idea. Citizens could side step the issues faced by farmers utilizing one of these methods of growing pesticide free produce.
As stated earlier, organic farmers provide a valuable product, pesticide free produce. We should stay informed about what is happening with this issue and consider some level of growing your own produce. If you grow your own produce it’s less expensive and reduces your dependence on getting it from another source.
I remember growing up and visiting my paternal grandparents out in the country and they would always send us home with something from their garden. They were proud and happy to do this for us. My dad particularly loved getting the sugar cane and either chewing on it and/or taking home the cane syrup my grandmother made from it.
As I reflect on those times now I wished I had taken the time to talk to grand-dad about the techniques he used to grow his garden.
Article Commentary by Bridget Allison