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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“Dear Mr. Peterson, We are not sustainable as a world society. We have less then 40 years to live unless we make major changes. The number of people knowing this is growing every day. That is why people are paying more for local and organic food and other products. The less chemicals we put on our land the better it is for everyone. The less we have to ship things means that we save energy.” Carefree, AZ”

“Hopefully the quote I saw was out of context and you're not as simpleminded as it implies.” Tucson, AZ

“Congratulations Representative Peterson! You are not just a foolish person worthy of ridicule, but you once again show the true face of the Democrats, beholden to factory farms, with their poisonous food and pollution. You know where your campaign contributions come from, that's for sure. And the rest of us citizens can take a hike, right? Salute!” Iowa City, IA

“Honorable sir: YOU get the prize for making a DUMB remark that those who purchase organic or local are DUMB! People are willing to pay a little more for foods that are going to contribute to their well being, and to support the farmers and individuals who willing to be innovative, hard working and entrepreneurial to raise such products. Instead of pouring government (MY!) money into subsidies for huge conglomerate farms to produce genetically modified and/or unhealthy agricultural products or to keep them off the market, my share of federal monies should be going to support these local/organic farmers. For it is good, safe, wholesome food that is going to keep our populace healthy, and keep them then from relying on national health care programs because they are obese, have heart disease, and other maladies caused by improper nutrition. You ARE what you eat. IMHO, you should eat some humble pie, apologize to hard working local and organic farmers, and inform yourself of the value of organic and local foods to our national economy, and our nation's health. Have an apple -- an organic one -- and taste the difference! Waterford, CT

“Dumb” is ignoring the health and nutritional benefits of organic food. Studies show a 40% increase in nutrients and antioxidants in organic foods. Smart would be supporting organic and family farmers rather than the agribusinesses that are poisoning us and our environment.”

“Way to go, Collin. You just proved my original estimate of your IQ when I moved onto this farm 15 years ago....was right.” Albany, MN

“Obviously, you don't get it Mr. Peterson. People pay more for local and organic food because it is fresher (local), tastes better, is lower in chemical residues, and supports more local and family farms over those huge polluting agribusiness factory farms. The number of people who DO get it are growing. People do vote with their forks.” Newfane, VT

"Dear Representative Peterson I am deeply saddened that the chairman of the agriculture committee does not understand the health, economic and environmental benefits of organic and local food. I do understand that I am privileged to be able to afford organic food (which would not be so noticeably more expensive than conventional food if there were not so many federal subsidies) but herbicide and pesticide and pesticide use, as well as heavy fertilizers, must indicate how unnatural conventional farming is. Just check out the Gulf of Mexico, where there is a dead zone where the Mississippi River hits it - nothing LIVES there. Now why are farming practices that don't use these harmful fertilizers DUMB?” -Chicago, IL

“Thanks Collin for reminding me how dumb the people are who run this country. I hope your eating plenty of GMO food. Knowing that would make me feel better about you.” Manchester, CT

“Dear Mr. Peterson, I think your comments about people who buy organic as being dumb are very alarming. I'll have you know that by buying local I am helping to keep people in my community employed and able to make a living and not receive handouts from the taxpayers. As for spending two to three times more for organic, why is that? Could it be because the “government” has so many regulations and expensive certification rules to become certified organic. The only reason big corporations get all the money is because everyone in Washington is bought and paid for. If that weren't the case more of my tax dollars would be going to organic agriculture and the small farms that want to be organic. If more Americans would eat a healthy organic diet and start exercising there would not be an obesity problem in this country. So in the future please keep your comments to yourself. Maybe you should look into organics you might learn something.” Cookeville, TN

“Shame on you. I'm not dumb, I'm spending my money to create a better world for my children.”

“Dear Mr. Peterson: What is ignorant, which is a more accurate word to use than dumb, is having a person with such limited knowledge of why organics is the way to go now and in the future. Since I do not want to write a book here, how about some short/succinct reasons why one would want to purchase organic produce and meat for themselves and their loved ones: -No Bovine Growth Hormones -No antibiotics -Not grain fed, which is proven to contribute to health issues due to the fact that cows are meant to eat grass, not grains -No chemicals used -Tastes better and has higher nutrient content By the looks of your picture, you could use better nutrition. Also, a side affect of the improved nutrition, would be better blood flow to the dead lump on top of your shoulders!” Minneapolis, MN

“It ABSOLUTELY amazes me when I hear of someone who is in the upper echelons (not too big a word for you, is it?) can be so naive about something so tremendously important. If you were better read, you might realize that purchasing from sustainable farms might help salvage the food business from the actions of large agribusiness. I would think you would want to be more aware and educated”

“Perhaps as someone associated with agriculture and responsible for the entire perspective, it would be better to educate yourself about the benefits of something before you label others as “dumb” . I wish the government would cease subsidizing big ag business and look at the whole picture for the sake of future generations and the earth itself. I'm sorry to say you give democrats a bad name.” Dillsburg, PA

“Dear Mr. Peterson, I guess I'm one of those dumb people who's willing to pay two to three times more for something grown locally and organically than something drenched in pesticides, trucked in or shipped from thousands of miles away. Those billions of gallons of fuel were laying around, anyway. I also guess that the dollars I'm paying now (how foolish of me!) are the same dollars you'll be spending in the future on medical fees (doctor's visits, medications, hospital stays, etc.) when you get any number of cancers, suffer from heart disease, or attempt to stave off obesity and diabetes. It's crazy how our bodies really don't like DDT, high fructose corn syrup, or any of the other chemicals we inadvertently ingest with our morning Pop-Tart and fruit cup from Wal-Mart. Personally, I'd rather support local farmers and local agribusiness than the fat-cat executives lurking at Monsanto, 3M, and Big Pharm. Silly me.” Highspire, PA

“Your statement about organic consumers is bound to anger Democratic voters all over the country. It demonstrates that you are unaware of all the research that shows that organic food is more nutritional than conventional foods. You are also are obviously unaware that organic farmers rather than damage the environment by overusing chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, are frequently improving the environment by their sound practices.” Santa Barbara, CA

“Congressman Peterson, After reading your comments on organic produce and grass-fed beef, I am appalled that you would make such a derogatory statement. Sustainable agriculture needs funding and the reason why people pay such inflated prices for organic items is due to lack of federal funding. We need to see the big picture and focus on a sustainable future, not poisoning the American public as well as the land we use to grow crops. The are vast amounts of evidence supporting sustainable agriculture, and it is time our elected officials start working for the people, not being slaves to mega-corporations. Please be a leader in this fight, and realize that some Americans actually think critically about the choices they make when buying food and lets look to a future where local produce and grass-fed beef are the center of our food choices.”

“I eat organic because I am educated about food safety issues and nutrition. You may be willing to eat meat raised under conditions banned in Europe. You may be willing to eat fruits and vegetables with less nutrients in them. You may be willing to eat highly processed food with trans fats that clog your arteries. You may be willing to feed all those things to your family, but I am not. Who is the dumb one?” Corvallis, OR

“Mr. Peterson, What a shame that someone with your admitted lack of ability to understand organic agriculture and those who consume it is allowed to chair the House Agriculture Committee! Shame shame! Way to go Einstein!!” Cleveland, TN

“I'll pay anything to feed my family honest, nutritious food. But usually it's not more than maybe 50% more. And guess what? We are healthier - fewer medical problems - lower medical bills. If you guys would support organic farmers, the prices would come down as the market expands. I'm not dumb, but the ag-industrial complex that you seem to support endlessly certainly is. Cabin John, MD

“My goodness, Mr. Peterson, you really show yourself to be an idiot of the first degree. People pay more for organic so that it won't be tainted with chemicals. Now here's a serious question for you...how do such idiots get elected?”

“I hope you will take some time to understand the benefits to health AND the environment to purchasing local, organic products. Some of us consumers (and a quickly growing percentage of consumers), are willing to pay more to protect the environment, our health, and the health of our children. And I don't think we're “dumb” for choosing to spend our money that way. As the chairman of the House Ag. Committee, I think it is important for you to understand the importance of these concepts. Maybe someday there will even be subsidies for organic agriculture, as there are in many European countries!” Port Townsend, WA

“so, we should just continue to subsidize agriculture which fosters unsustainable, dangerous, imported produce coming from the good old boy sources rather than support local, sustainable produce and other foods that's good for the public health and environment, and contributing to and supportive of the LOCAL economy?? and, why would you call ANYONE concerned about their health and the health of OTHERS--dumb??? you sound like a Republican!!” Chicago, IL

“It more than disturbs me that a person with your committee position has no understanding of the reasons for eating only organic products. The reasons are well-known and valid. Your remark got you the OCA's Dumbest Quote of the Week award.” Weedsport, NY

“Rep. Peterson, Organically grown foods have been proven repeatedly to provide better nutrition, and they have less harmful impacts on water supplies and other aspects of our environment. Locally grown foods require less energy for transport and are often fresher (and therefore more nutritious) than foods shipped (unripe, in the case of produce) from far away. I pay more because it's good for me and my family in the short run and environmentally for all of us in the long run. “Hallelujah” indeed! You're welcome!” Ann Arbor, MI

“WOW... thanks for being so insulting in your remarks regarding people who care enough about their health, the environment, and their community to purchase organic products. YOU seem to be the uninformed one here!”

“I spend more on organic and local because I care about my health and don't want to eat poison!”

“Collin Peterson, You are as dumb as dirt!!!” Ewa Beach, HI

“Dear Collin Peterson, Your comment about organic consumers being dumb to buy local and organic would be funny if it were not such a pitiful statement. Caring about what we feed our families is a huge concern for the people you claim to serve. If we did not take the care needed to know what it is we eat, and educate ourselves we would indeed be eating genetically modified food crops that are unproven as to the harmful effects on our bodies, tainted food from China, or food laced with pesticides banned in this country, yet sold to foreign countries, where we now import a great deal of our produce. Given our wasteful use of oil to transport food across this nation. Isn't it fairly logical to buy local produce that does not have astronomical freight charges added to it? It is unfortunate that people like yourself with such a limited view of the food you eat get elected into leadership positions that influence our agricultural future. I wonder what you must feed your children. Please educate yourself on the food you feed your family. Then you may accurately make a judgment as to what is 'dumb'. Lenoir, NC

“Rep. Peterson, What can I say except that your comment regarding organic and local foods is a perfect example of the myopic vision the government has regarding farmers, the environment, energy policy and the precarious future that will effect our children and grandchildren. What a shame.” Englewood, CO

“Collin Peterson, Your comments in the Financial Times article of October 17th 2007 have completely shocked me! We own & operate a restaurant going on our 27th year serving only organic vegetables, beef, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, etc. We are certified organic farmers producing wine grapes for Benziger Family Winery. California, as always, is leading the organic food movement for our nation. Comments liked these from a high ranking government official regarding organic foods are very alarming and disturbing, none the less from the Chair of the Agricultural Committee!” Kenwood, CA

“Rep. Peterson, As the agriculture committee chair I'm surprised at your ignorance re: the advantages of and superior quality of small farmer produced beef, poultry and vegetables. Even the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has published that “Organic farming methods produce higher yields, superior product while improving the soil and environment.” You might also notice the inconvenience of pollution from huge agri-business farming methods, poisoned people & animals from cancer causing pesticides, and increasing outbreaks of e-coli, to name a few. There is a ton of information our representatives should be aware of in agriculture because what the people want and deserve is good food, clearly labeled and not tax dollars spend on bloated corporate executives with corresponding budgets who control the information and agenda. Please do some research outside your usual contacts. Talk to people from Minnesota, you know, farmers. Come on, you're a Democrat for Pete's sake. Thank you for your time.” Minneapolis, MN

“Mr. Peterson, Wow. People who chose to pay more for organic and local food are dumb? What an ignorant statement to make; inform yourself.”

“Congratulations on winning OCA'S Dumbest Quote of the Week award regarding us dummies who buy organic. Well deserved! I knew when I first heard it that you had a winner. Please remember that food didn't used to be called organic or not, because it was all organic. It was simply called “food” , and the modern addition of chemical pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics, and genetic modification has not improved it any. Have you ever seen a factory farm? Have you ever seen a family run organic farm? See if you can tell the difference, and see if you can decide where you'd rather eat... eh? I'm very sorry to see that you hold the congressional position that you do, as we'll all be the worse for it; and I'm very disappointed to see this kind of attitude coming from a democrat. Shame, shame. I sincerely hope that you see truth soon.”
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