11/13/2007 -the following are letters written by organic consumers in response to his comments that buying organic and local is dumb. Collin Peterson, chairman




Название11/13/2007 -the following are letters written by organic consumers in response to his comments that buying organic and local is dumb. Collin Peterson, chairman
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http://www.mda.state.mn.us/food/organic/directory.htm -Chicago, IL

“Sir - I think those who pay any amount for mass produced, factory farmed products are dumb, as is your attitude toward sustainable, natural farming practices. You ought to be ashamed of yourself, but thanks for confirming our opinion that most people in government are dumb.”

“Collin Peterson, Shame on you. I suggest you do some serious research before you flap your gums, so next time you don't sound like a complete idiot.” -Cambridge NY

“Collin Peterson, You obviously do not know what buying local means. Since you are the chairman of the House of Representatives agricultural committee I think its about time you educate yourself on these issues before you win more dumbest quotes of the week” -Scottsdale, AZ

“Mr. Peterson, Obviously you have little regard for the quality of food your family eats. With the poor nutritional quality of our foods it is little wonder that we are one of the unhealthiest nations on earth. How can a chairman of an agricultural committee be so ill informed? There is a reason why chronic diseases are showing up at younger and younger ages in Americans. Do some homework, open you eyes and help protect Americans.” -Fairfield, IA

“While you people in Congress slept the USDA, FDA, EPA were allowed to become nothing more than revolving doors for big business as they passed whatever suited them without any regard to safety. Our food system is fouled along with our air and water. Wake up and quit making uninformed comments, if you did your research you would be looking to our organic farmers to save us as they are our only hope. So much of what’s grown here is tainted and as more people find out they also switch to organic.” -Leasburg, NC

“What an unbelievably thoughtless remark. You probably would also consider reading a book a waste of time when you could just rent the DVD.”

“Those “dumb” organic consumers may actually save some money from less doctor bills. Today's factory food has cost me a few thousand dollars extra in doctor bills.” -Voss, TX

“I personally don’t like being called dumb, but considering the source, I feel no anger or hurt feelings. Just remember, you work for the people, not your own agenda. Signed: Dumb according to CP.” -St Augustine, FL

“Mr. Peterson, I think it's time to keep derogatory comments out of politics. How can you call me dumb when I have researched how pesticides, hormones and artificial flavors and colors affect our bodies and those of our children? Am I dumb because I refuse to believe that whatever is on the shelf at the grocery store is edible? Or maybe I am dumb because I refuse to believe that my government is looking out for my health. Maybe I am dumb because I'm not like the rest of the sheep who flock to all the fast food restaurants getting fatter and putting more of a strain on our ridiculous health care system. You can think what you want (I would never vote for you) but I know that I am more informed and healthier - as are my children - than most other Americans.” -Spokane, WA

“Dear Congressman Peterson: You might want to do some research into why people are willing to purchase local &/or organic food which might cost slightly more than corporate food(not 2 or 3 times). More and more of us do not trust the corporate food system to provide us safe and nutritious food. We also see the global food system as unsustainable and in fact harmful. Please get in touch with a local food system in your area and seek their advice. Or you can click on www.buylocalfood.com and begin your research there. Thank you.” -Greenfield, MA

“Yes, I'm dumb enough to pay a premium for excellent quality from small farmers who a) Pay their workers a living wage b) farm in a manner that encourages biodiversity and does not generate greenhouse gases c) Produce foods that actually taste better d) produce foods that, based on recent studies, provide higher levels of beneficial nutrients than industrially produced foods e) do not demand transporting large quantities of grain long distances, thus reducing green house gas emissions. I had hoped that a Democratic majority might actually pass a good Farm bill. I guess I no longer need to make contributions to the Democratic party, and can start voting as an independent.” San Francisco, CA

“Your ignorance about something as important for the future of healthy people and healthy economies is frightening. How does someone this dumb get elected...it boggles the mind.” Gualala, CA

“Mr. Peterson, It's obvious why organic consumers pay more for their products. The U.S. government is subsidizing big agri-business to produce their sub-standard food. I consider the fact that these people are willing to pay more for good food as an indication of their intelligence and their desire to eat only healthy food, so that their families grow up healthy, not part of the health crisis in our nation. It's too bad that you do not see such an obvious fact for yourself and vote to support such quality food products.”

“Collin - as a former Minnesotan and a democrat, I'm shocked at the ignorance and offensiveness of your comment to the FT insulting the intelligence of those who care to support farming families and our planet by insisting on organic food. I hope you can educate yourself on this important topic” Durham, NC

“Do you drive the smallest, cheapest car available? I'd bet that your personal automobile was chosen, at least balancing such things as comfort, safety, and perhaps even with some long-term concerns such as fuel economy or emissions. In short, a decision based not just on cost, but on quality. Organic consumers are doing the same thing, with an understanding that the most efficient industrial agriculture homogenizes and lowers the quality of its final product. The cost may be disproportionate, but like with a quality car, with fewer repairs and less gas consumption over its lifetime, it's worth the premium.”

“Dear Representative Peterson: Did you really say that paying extra for locally or organically-grown produce is dumb? And you the Chair of the House Agriculture Committee? Oh, Mr. Congressman, those words will come back to haunt you in years to come. Please educate yourself SOONEST to avoid even more future embarrassment. Meanwhile, please make sure that foodstuffs don't just “say” local or organic but that they really are. The lives of an increasing number of your constituents who may not be as healthy and resistant as the rest of us, could depend on the truth of those labels. Certainly the health of your whole constituency benefits from locally and/or organically grown food.” Pittsburgh, PA

“Dear Mr. Peterson: Please read the book The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. This is simple, unbiased, investigative journalism, and I believe even you may be surprised at what you find out. Thank you”

“Aloha Collin Peterson I've been called a lot of things but never dumb. Organic farming is not just a “term” - it goes back to respect for the soil which you may or may not know contains the minerals that we later ingest through our foods. Do you suppose there's a correlation between the increase in “sicknesses” in the world to the lack of healthy minerals in the soil? Your remarks reflect a definite lack of education regarding organic farming practices. It concerns me that you are partially responsible for protecting the health of our nation and I would hope that you could find the motivation to use part of your tax-supported salary to educate yourself about where real food comes from. Thank You”

“To Collin Peterson here. Obviously, you see no correlation between rising cancer rates over the last 50 years and the rising amounts of chemicals, including antibiotics, in store bought food -- coming more and more from huge, “factory” farms. I guess it's time for some of us “little people” to run for Congress. We sure couldn't muck it up much more than you and your money-worshiping cohorts have.”

“Dear Congressman Peterson, Have some respect for the family farm that finds a way to stay in business without becoming beholden to the banks of big agriculture. Do you know how much it costs to run a small family business, bring the product to market and try to profit enough each year to be able to afford health care costs, basic needs, and save for the future? Of course a farmer not receiving subsidies must charge a price that affords this. Big agriculture benefits from the majority of federal support and provides our nation with the least nutritional options. Ingest all of the pesticides you would like from afar. Our local farmer deserves my purchase at a fair price and until organic farming is the majority, I expect the cost to remain constant. The bigger price of cheaper food is the harm that it does...or haven't you read the press regarding imported foods and their questionable ingredients?” Boise, ID

“When I was awarded a Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1984, it wasn't for being dumb. I pay a huge grocery bill penalty to acquire organic foods for my family because I've done my research and know this is a better option. I choose to vote with my dollars for healthier food and a healthier planet for myself and my family. Perhaps you should educate yourself on the benefits, rather than just assuming that those who make choices different from yours are ignorant. You might find the shoe on the other foot.” Austin, TX

“I read your quote referring to people being dumb to pay 2 to 3 times as much for organic or local foods. Get your head out of the sand. Our corporate factory farms produce chemically laden and genetically engineered food, that fortunately, many people are SMART enough to know better than to consume. We pay more for organics because our legislature is so blinded by corporate interests that subsidies to organic farms & sustainable agriculture is a joke. It is more expensive because companies like Monsanto have our representatives in their pockets. Science has proven the benefits of organic foods and the detriment of chemically laden factory farm produced foods. You are the one demonstrating how “dumb” you are. It's about time you took time to read and learn about what is really going on with this planet, our food supply, our water supply and start getting “smart” about supporting the right campaigns!”

“Dear Representative Peterson, There are many of us here in this country (and I'm sure you don't know us because we are the poor children of the diminishing middle class) who would buy ONLY organic food--if we could afford it! You might want to sign up for an on-line biology class and perhaps a physiology class as well so that you may better understand the delicacy of the symbiosis between ecosystems on this planet and the way in which toxic chemicals in food are causing a huge cancer epidemic in America. Then perhaps you will understand not just how important the organic food industry is, but how ESSENTIAL to the survival of this planet and the health of human beings it is. Thank you for your consideration.“

“I am very disappointed to hear that you would said “It is growing, and it has nothing to do with the government, and that is good,” . I am registered as a democrat voter and I hope that you would learn more about Organic farming to help our country. Learn from Al Gore and serve this country in a better way, please.” Phoenix, AZ

“It was really asinine of you to say that people are dumb because they pay extra for local or organic food. The truth is that most people are ignorant and don't realize or don't care that buying conventionally produced food is what will cost this country and it's people in the future, and to some extent in the present, in the form of environmental and health damages. Paying extra for organic or local food is more than just a label or a fad. It's about leading a healthier life and giving the body what it needs. It's about support for people who practice sustainability and care about more then their wallets.” Zionsville, PA

“Yes, Mr. Peterson “far be it from you to understand” who could possible expect the Chairman of the Agricultural Committee to understand something about agriculture. Perhaps someone will put forward a bill which could be titled “No nit-wit Left Behind” which would include provisions for dumb shits like you.”

“Collin Peterson, chairman of the House of Representatives agricultural committee, says the farm sector that raises organic produce and grass-fed beef for local consumers needs little federal help. “It is growing, and it has nothing to do with the government, and that is good,” he told the FT. “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.” Send a message to Collin Peterson (Democrat, MN) congratulating him for getting the Organic Consumers Association award for the dumbest quote of the week:” Yes this is the dumbest quote HALLELUJAH!! People are paying for much better food than non organic that’s why people pay!!! IT should the message that people are so tired of poisons and crappy veggies are no long acceptable!!! All food industries need to change and get the chemicals, food additives, and pesticides out! My daughter is allergic to food that has many additives including corn syrup!!! So organic offers the only food my child can actually eat!!!!!!!!!” Midway, GA

“Far be it from me to understand what that's about?” Are you kidding? Buying local and organic allows people to buy food that is not covered in poisonous pesticides and that has not traveled for 1000's of miles. This lowers pollution levels and ensures riper, more healthy food. Perhaps you should do some research of your own before you stick your foot in your mouth.”

“Get a clue! People are willing to pay for long term health and integrity of environment. The point is caring about things beyond the all mighty dollar. It's about life and honesty! Hopefully we can all learn from that.”

“Your recent public statement on “dumb” organic food purchasers is troubling. First of all, I am willing to pay more for “reliably certified” organic products, not for those merely marked as organic through inadequate certification procedures. Unfortunately, Congress and the USDA have not seen fit to require a reliable standard, forcing me to rely on state and local certifiers with an established reputation and commitment to quality over profits. The public is ill-served by this de facto deception over food quality. Secondly, your comments indicate that you are in that faction of Congress that would prefer to help large agricultural concerns exploit the organic movement, rather than honestly promoting its benefits of sustainability, minimal impact on the environment, greatly reduced and provable health benefits for farm workers, and healthier products for consumers. Based on your comments I would urge you to familiarize yourself with the benefits of organic agriculture. I will encourage Congressional leadership to nominate more informed representatives to the chairs of the Agricultural and related committees.” San Francisco, CA

“Dear Sir, Thanks for your recent comment calling people who buy organic “dumb” . Maybe some day, you will be as “dumb” as we are.........of course, I don't see that day coming unless we line your pockets, which we won't.” Summer Shade, KY

“We have been growing all our vegetables organically since the early 70's and firmly believe that organically grown foods are far superior. Chemicals have been proven to cause cancers and other genetic defects in addition to the damage they do to our environment. I personally think we are the smart ones!”

“Dear Mr. Peterson: So fitting that you should receive this award for the DUMB comment you made. I guess you must be in some bodies back pocket to think that chemicals are good for you and your voters....so glad I do not live in Minnesota. Unfortunately for the people of that state you do.” Ottawa, IL
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