Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Pesticide Industry Does't like Michelle Obama's Organic Garden.

Get this. I just got an Action Alert from Credo, because the big pesticide industry doesn't like the fact that Michelle Obama is planting an organic garden.

They say it so well:

The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) has a bone to pick with Michelle Obama.

MACA represents chemical companies that produce pesticides, and they are angry that - wait for it - Michelle Obama isn't using chemicals in her organic garden at the White House.

We are not making this up.

In an email they forwarded to their supporters, a MACA spokesman wrote, "While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made [us] shudder." MACA went on to publish a letter it had sent to the First Lady asking her to consider using chemicals -- or what they call "crop protection products" -- in her garden.

Michelle Obama and has done America a great service by publicizing the importance of nutritious food for kids (she's growing the garden in partnership with a local elementary school class) as well as locally grown produce as an important, environmentally sustainable food source.

MACA's letter is part of a larger propaganda effort to convince people that chemicals are a necessary part of produce growth - when we know that's not true.

There is steam coming out of my ears and my eyes are popping out of my head. Please go to this link right now, drop everything and go here now. Please. Tell the chemical companies what you think of their products. Tell them what you think about giving the First Lady a hard time about setting a good example for the nation. Then tell them how you aren't so happy with how their products destroy our planet. Tell them a new age has arrived and maybe they should re-brand and start making composters or something more worthwhile.

Of course they could care less, but that shouldn't discourage you. We are more aware and more active now than ever before. The chemical industry has been peddling their poisons since the 1950's, destroying bio-diversity, fish and bird populations (remember how pesticides nearly sent the Bald Eagle into extinction?), forests, and many bodies of water, not to mention the poisoning of the water table and giving people cancer. Agent orange, used to defoliate the Ho Chi Minh trail in Vietnam 40 years ago, still causes birth defects in the Mekong Delta to this very day .

If you want some reading on why the chemical companies like Monsanto are so destructive (besides how huge and rich they are) read Rachael Carson's ground breaking work Silent Spring, readily available in paper back. I'd prefer you to buy it at a local book store, but just in case that's too hard, Amazon has it. It may have been written in 1962, but it is every bit as relevant today.

Please post this everywhere. And please leave me a comment - I'd really like to know how many letters are sent from people who read this blog. These people are literally poisoning us and making a profit on it while they do it. Hell, what's so bad about that as long as Monsanto's bottom line stays healthy?


Mad Texter said...

If you just heard a hardy gaffaw, it was me. I can't believe MACA would react like that to the First Lady's organic garden.

Their plan completely backfired on them, because now they just look simply rediculous.

And the "crop protection products", that's priceless.

I signed the petition!

Urban Food Guy said...

Thank you so much!

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