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Am I dumb for buying organics?

According to Rep. Collin Peterson, the chairman of the House Ag Committee, I am dumb.  He recently said:

For whatever reason, people are willing to pay two or three times as much for something that says ‘organic’ or ‘local’. Far be it from me to understand what that’s about, but that’s reality. And if people are dumb enough to pay that much then hallelujah.

Thanks, Chairman Peterson.  As the leader of the House Agriculture Committee, shouldn't this man understand what organics and local food is all about?  I'm sorry Mr. Peterson - but I don't want the cheap, processed food that is supported by your version of the farm bill.  I prefer organic and locally grown food AND I'm willing to pay more to support MY local farmer.


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Boy, if this doesn't sum up what's wrong with agriculture in this country I don't know what would! Unbelievable! On that comment alone he should clearly lose his chairmanship!

I guess I am dumb by Peterson’s standards since I eat almost nothing that isn't organic. I guess it is smart, by those standards, to eat nutritionally depleted factory-farmed foods, genetically engineered foods with unknown health risks, and of course foods grown by people who make political contributions to the right people.

Personally, given these definitions I would rather stay dumb. I foolishly take comfort from knowing that the food I eat isn't contaminated by anything like e coli, pesticide, or questionable man-made strands of DNA. I enjoy the fact that it is cheaper for me to eat these so-called "expensive" organic foods because my food is 80% to 300% more nutritionally dense that the commercially grown foods, so at least twice as cost effective (see http://www.rawfoodlife.com/Articles___Research/Organic_vs_commercial_food/organic_vs_commercial_food.htm)

Finally, I enjoy knowing that the lifestyle I choose to live is healthier, more enjoyable, tastes better, creates less garbage is sustainable and requires less energy. So I am a dumb person. Well, this is proof that the old saying IS true: "Ignorance Is Bliss!”

- RawFoodGuy

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