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




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“Dear Chairman Peterson: You clearly have been too close to the Republicans for too long -- you now sound like them. Concord, MA

“Please read my message, Mr. Freeman! This is the first letter I've ever written to a politician, and I'm extremely passionate about this topic...enough already: It is Simple. There should be a new federal law: NO chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc. used on United States soil. EVER. The companies that manufacture, distribute those harmful products will be forced to switch over to natural choices, as well as 'local' and organic options. Its shocking that you are the head of the agricultural committee, when you obviously have no sincere interest in the health of Americans, the future of farming as American tradition, or the integrity of the foods grown in America.” Northport, NY

“Congratulations for the dumbest quote of the month. You beat out President Bush. I urge you to learn about a subject (such as organic foods) before calling others dumb for purchasing organic foods. I certain am not dumb for paying more for organic food. Apparently you are showing you stupidity when you don't mind dumping toxins, pesticides and poisons into your body. Who is the dumb one? I am 69 years old and in perfect health. No illnesses, diseases, not overweight, take no medication or drugs.” Henderson, NV

“I'm the only person in my family who doesn't have breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Mom, aunt, sister: breast cancer, both sisters: major heart disease, sister, both parents, all grand parents: diabetes. I eat a local plant-based, low fat, organic whenever I can diet. Insurance companies fight over me, and doctors rave about my medical records and encourage me to keep doing whatever I'm doing. I didn't get all the bad family genes!” Anna Maria, FL

“Congratulations on your receipt of the Organic Consumers Association award for the dumbest quote of the week! -- grin -- Of course we're all dumb enough to want wholesome meat from animals that have never been treated wit antibiotics or growth hormones, and vegetables that have not been sprayed with toxins to prevent insects. Oh yeah, we're so dumb we refuse to consume irradiated products as well; they may have the blessing of Big Ag, hand in hand with the government -- but they don't have ours!” Union Furnace, OH

“Dear Sir, in light of the fact that you are a typical Bush appointee, your remark highlighting your ignorance of organic, local and naturally raised food is not surprising. It is however, frightening and very, very disturbing to me. I am proud of the fact that I am dumb enough to eat clean organically raised food, that I know the farmer that raises the food I eat, that I take responsibility for my food choices and that I never ever, have to give the latest e coli, melamine or any other of the contaminated food recalls, a second glance. I know that all of that has NOTHING to do with the food I am dumb enough to buy and eat. By the way.. if organic and family farming got HALF of the government supports, subsidies, and tax write-offs that agri-biz corporations get.. organic food would cost a fraction of conventional. How shameful that you know so little about the subject of the committee you are chair of. Not respectfully yours because you don't HAVE my respect”

“May I suggest you meet some of us? We are folks who hold down mid-level white-collar jobs, live in your suburbs, pay our taxes, raise our kids and probably vote for you. We also believe in food that tastes good and isn't dangerous to eat. Surely you remember the stuff. You were born in the era of the small family farm, the greengrocer on the corner, the small butcher and bake shops that weren't “boutique shopping experiences.” You might like some of us, and a few of us may actually strike you as something other than dumb! When I read comments like the one you made about organic consumers being idiots for parting with their money so they can eat something besides Cheez Doodles, I find myself gratefully anticipating the end of this ridiculous, contentious era where the most obviously sane behavior is ridiculed in the name of cash. I hope you regret saying it.” Fairport, NY

“I strongly object to you calling organic consumers “dumb” . You should not bad mouth organic consumers.”

“Dear Representative Peterson: It is unfortunate you felt compelled to shoot off your mouth and reveal not only your bias but your lack of understanding about agriculture. Please clean up your act. We have way too many in Congress these days who can't seem to remember to put their brain in gear before engaging their mouth. We the people are getting really fed up with this juvenile behavior. You need to start leading with dignity instead of making dumb remarks.” Stevenson, WA

“You have got to be kidding! Some very serious, and I mean serious studying on organic foods, pricing and the LARGER picture of eating and feeding our bodies with food that has actual nutrition. This translates to us being healthier which obviously leads to less sickness, illnesses etc. etc. Please, become aware. Isn't this what your job is? To be fully intelligent on the subject? This is not a 'hippy' movement but an intellectual subject. Please! Think and open your mind and forget lobbyists.” Stowe, VT

“You have got to be kidding! Some very serious, and I mean serious studying on organic foods, pricing and the LARGEER picture of eating and feeding our bodies with food that has actual nutrition. This translates to us being healthier which obviously leads to less sickness, illnesses etc. etc. Please, become aware. Isn't this what your job is? To be fully intelligent on the subject? This is not a 'hippy' movement but an intellectual subject. Please! Think and open your mind and forget lobbyists.” Stowe, VT

“Dear Collin Peterson: Organic consumers are hardly stupid. We are aware of the rise in health problems, from allergies to diabetes and cancer. We are aware that while not all of the pollution that enters our bodies, contributing to the illnesses as mentioned, comes from food, much of it does. Since Monsanto and Bayer have been given free reign over our bodies, insofar as they are allowed with full governmental approval to dose us to their delight, organics are out way of fighting back. It's not the organic consumers who are the Dumbs! Americans are pretty silly, uninformed and mostly disinterested. ('Dumb' does come to mind, here.) But that cannot last. Other continents and nations have people that are intentionally aware, informed, and willing to stand together against abuses from their elected officials. That we can overcome our silliness is evidenced by the rise in demand for organic food. You and your Monsantos and your Bayers may hold the reigns now, but it cannot last. No matter how you might wish it, even the country that gave the world Wal-Mart can't stay that dumb forever.” Galesburg, IL

“My husband and I were dumb enough to join a local community supported agriculture farm this year and not only did we save money but we got to know our farmers and show our children where their food comes from. We have also been dumb enough to pick our own strawberries at a nearby farm and head to the hills to pick low bush blueberries and then freeze them. Continuing to be dumb we buy our meat, eggs, orchard fruit and honey from local farmers. No tainted food, just healthy organic fare that supports our neighbors and cuts down on our carbon footprint while teaching our children how easy it is. Hallelujah!”

“Have you ever eaten fresh, organic food?” Trinidad, CA

“Please educate yourself on the benefits of organic farming and foods. Organic farming could save our world enabling enough food to be grown. Also, food grown without chemicals helps those who eat it be healthier. Chemicals cause cancer and many other illness that have become so prevalent. Read a couple of books or reports put on your desk!!”

“Congratulations for getting the Organic Consumers Association award for the dumbest quote of the week. You obviously don't know the health and environmental benefits of eating organic and local. I feel sorry for you!”

“I've heard it said that ignorance is bliss but I believe it's the wise person that investigates what exactly he is ingesting. Especially if one cares about the state of their health and well-being!” Sausalito, CA

“Congratulations on receiving the Organic Consumers Association award for the dumbest quote of the week! I don't understand how you qualify for chairing the House Agriculture Committee, but I also don't understand how our representatives in Washington like yourself can support the use of our Federal Tax Dollars for obvious corporate externalities.”

“Being cheap and dumb is not worth celebrating.”

"I'm seriously concerned that as the House chair of the Agriculture Committee, you don't appear to be very informed about organic issues. Many of us do not want to accept food poisoned with chemicals and God knows what kinds of genes spliced into genetically modified crops. You should be working to support the growing organic sector and making it more affordable for all citizens. The lack of labeling requirements alone is appalling, as well as producers cutting corners and trying to pass off their food as organic when it really isn't--what are you doing to enforce and improve this situation?? You're probably beholden to large chemical and biotech companies instead of to all US citizens, who you obviously have no respect for based on your ignorant comments. We are going to clean House--just you watch!! Americans are sick and tired of the special interests and when they wake up to what's going on with their food, watch out!!”

“YOU ARE THE DUMB ONE!” Salmon Arm, BC

"Just because you don't see how people can pay higher prices for healthier food, I can't understand how some people can eat at fast-food restaurants 5 times a week. And I bet you those fast food junkies are the majority in our country. I don't judge but I sure do think that they are doing their bodies a disservice and teaching their children unhealthy eating habits. As for organically grown foods: I'm glad consumers' actions make a difference in this consumer-driven economy! Sincerely, Sandra Gentry”

“The chairman of the House of Representatives agricultural committee says “far be it from me to understand what [organic] is about?” Unbelievable... You should turn your chair over to someone who does understand.” Dallas, TX

“There is so much you have to learn about health. Your remark shows just how ignorant or how “bought and paid for” you are. You better become educated and start helping the people in the US. Our health is deteriorating in this country, you better start learning and the sooner the better.”

“Please please have one of your staff explain to you what organic is and what the health research is about the nutritional value differences, the effect of cumulative pesticide residue on the human body--the comparative cost of importing foods over long distances...etc etc Are you really the chair person of this committee????? would you put dirty gas in your car???? and please please have someone explain to you the difference between organic or biodynamic farming methods and pesticide use effects the soils this information is readily available well researched and accurate if not distorted by companies like Monsanto or those only interested in immediate profits and ignorant of the natural balances in nature.....” Rockford, IL

“I would like to pay more for better food to keep my family healthier and living longer and the world a cleaner and friendlier place. I think that is stuff worth paying for. call me dumb if you like. signed, the dumbo” Seattle, WA

“Congratulations on being one of the “Most Uninformed People of the Week” ! How does it feel to not have some of the most basic knowledge of agriculture and what it produces? Is it a little embarrassing perhaps? Might I suggest you take some of that yummy non-organic food you're eating to a laboratory and have it tested for just how many chemicals, growth hormones and/or antibiotics it contains? Bon Appetit! Grand Rapids, MI

“Dear Mr. Collin, As House Agriculture Committee Chair how could you be so ignorant of the benefits of organic foods? I buy organic food because it is without pesticides and chemicals and is superior in nutrition. Obviously you don't care to do the research to understand why people are buying organic and what the benefits are, not only to people but to the environment. Yes, you certainly deserve the Organic Consumers Association award for the Dumbest quote of the week. If you don't remember the quote I'll refresh your memory: MSMBC.com Financial Times Oct.17,2007” Colville, WA

“Mr. Peterson, you would be doing yourself and your family a favor if you would learn about organics. Nothing beats having good health." Encinitas, CA

“ Don't be insulting. Do you really want to be so obviously ignorant?”

“Do not call organic consumers “dumb”.

“I want the federal government to support organic and grass fed beef farmers. I choose to eat this food, even at a higher cost because I think that pesticides in foods are not healthy for me and my family.”

“Please take the time to learn the value of organic and local farming practices. People are willing to pay more because it's BETTER for them and for the environment. I hated vegetables until I ate organic vegetables....they actually have flavor and I'm not inundating my body with chemicals. I hope you rethink what you said.”

“Dear Congressman: If you don't know the differences and the advantages of local grass-fed beef and of organically grown foods, then it is you who are dumb and you shouldn't be sitting on the Agricultural Committee. Congratulations on the dumbest remark of the week. Willis”

“Wow you’re ignorant!”

“You say that organic agriculture is growing without government help and that is good. Then why doesn't the government stop subsidizing factory farms? They are also growing and that's not good - for either animals or the environment.” Centerville, MA

"House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson Sir: Your comment on the use of organic produce by the American People shows either your ignorance of good health or your corruption by corporate lobbyists...perhaps both? If pesticides were not used on crops we would see a reduction in disease; if rBGH was not used on farm animals, we would see a reduction in the obesity of the people; if antibiotics were not used on farm animals, you would see a reduction in disease. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT! Pesticides kill...growth hormones promote growth...overuse of antibiotics causes antibiotic immunity! WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE FOR HUMANITY.” Mena, AR

“Dear Mr. Peterson, After reading your comment about me being dumb for buying organic food ... I ... I ... I'm not sure how to tell you this. Well, let me start simply by saying that I was the president of the Honor Society (Alpha Gamma Signa) at Pasadena City College and got a scholarship to study Physics at the University of California at Berkeley. Here I did some outstanding research that helped Dr Luis Alvarez get a noble prize for work with high energy particles. So ... I'm not really dumb. Maybe you meant something else ... but at this point if you think that I'm dumb ... well, I'm not too sure about YOUR mental capacities ... so I'll just let it go and say that if you ever run for anything we're gonna have a ball with you!!!!” Ocean Park, WA

"You're Right! Thanks to the USDA -- ORGANIC means NOTHING anymore. The USDA has allowed the “organic standards” to be so watered it down that the standards are complete crap these days - all so some big corporation can make a pretty penny. Organic is really not much different from conventional foods anymore. And you've taken away the right for States to have higher standards of Organic (CA). This government FORCES its people to eat GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS, meat that is laden with hormones, antibiotics and disease. All you care about is the bottom dollar -- and that affects Americans. You are doing a POOR JOB of keeping our best interests in mind. But at least I'll support a local farmer before I support some Con-Agra asshole & the USDA idiots.”
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