Well now, whadda ya know.....seems as if The First Garden (US) is
generating quite a stir around the world and amongst dow, monsatano,
and dupont. Sounds like MACA is going apeshit about the idea of a
high profile garden termed organic, shepherded by the First Folks!!!!
LMAO about this.
"It may not be long until members of the president's staff are
summoned to the garden to help pull weeds, like it or not. Not because
the weeds are getting out of control, but because gardens are where
some of mankind's greatest brainstorming sessions take root."
"There were probably more shudders in the big-chem corner when
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack celebrated Earth Day by
announcing plans for a 1,300-square-foot organic garden --
USDA-certified, of course -- to be installed in the National Mall."
And this from lavidalocavore.......priceless.......
I just have to post this whole thing.....apologies to objectionists,
go to the site and read more.....there's enough bullshit in this
letter to fertilize......well, you get the point. Put on your chest
waders for this one.
March 26, 2009
Mrs. Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mrs. Obama,
We are writing regarding the garden recently added to the White House
grounds to ensure a fresh supply of fruits and vegetables to your
family, guests and staff. Congratulations on recognizing the
importance of agriculture in America! The U.S. has the safest and most
abundant food supply in the world thanks to the 3 million people who
farm or ranch in the United States.
The CropLife Ambassador Network, a program of the Mid America CropLife
Association, consists of over 160 ambassadors who work and many of
whom grew up in agriculture. Their mission is to provide
scientifically based, accurate information to the public regarding the
safety and value of American agricultural food production. Many
people, especially children, don't realize the extent to which their
daily lives depend on America's agricultural industry. For instance,
children are unaware the jeans they put on in the morning, the three
meals eaten daily, the baseball with which they play and even the
biofuels that power the school bus are available because of America's
farmers and ranchers.
Agriculture is the largest industry in America generating 20% of the
U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Individuals, family partnerships or
family corporations operate almost 99% of U.S. farms. Over 22 million
people are employed in farm-related jobs, including production
agriculture, farm inputs, processing and marketing and sales. Through
research and changes in production practices, today's food producers
are providing Americans with the widest variety of foods ever.
Starting in the early 1900's, technology advances have allowed farmers
to continually produce more food on less land while using less human
labor. Over time, Americans were able to leave the time-consuming
demands of farming to pursue new interests and develop new abilities.
Today, an average farmer produces enough food to feed 144 Americans
who are living longer lives than many of their ancestors. Technology
in agriculture has allowed for the development of much of what we know
and use in our lives today. If Americans were still required to farm
to support their family's basic food and fiber needs, would the U.S.
have been leaders in the advancement of science, communication,
education, medicine, transportation and the arts?
We live in a very different world than that of our grandparents.
Americans are juggling jobs with the needs of children and aging
parents. The time needed to tend a garden is not there for the
majority of our citizens, certainly not a garden of sufficient
productivity to supply much of a family's year-round food needs.
Much of the food considered not wholesome or tasty is the result of
how it is stored or prepared rather than how it is grown. Fresh foods
grown conventionally are wholesome and flavorful yet more economical.
Local and conventional farming is not mutually exclusive. However, a
Midwest mother whose child loves strawberries, a good source of
Vitamin C, appreciates the ability to offer California strawberries in
March a few months before the official Mid-west season.
Farmers and ranchers are the first environmentalists, maintaining and
improving the soil and natural resources to pass onto future
generations. Technology allows for farmers to meet the increasing
demand for food and fiber in a sustainable manner.
* Farmers use reduced tillage practices on more than 72 million
acres to prevent erosion.
Farmers maintain over 1.3 million acres of grass waterways,
allowing water to flow naturally from crops without eroding soil.
* Contour farming keeps soil from washing away. About 26 million
acres in the U.S. are managed this way.
Agricultural land provides habitat for 75% of the nation's
* Precision farming boosts crop yields and reduces waste by using
satellite maps and computers to match seed, fertilizer and crop
protection applications to local soil conditions.
Sophisticated Global Positioning Systems can be specifically
designed for spraying pesticides. A weed detector equipped with
infrared light identifies specific plants by the different rates of
light they reflect and then sends a signal to a pump to spray a preset
amount of herbicide onto the weed.
* Biogenetics allows a particular trait to be implanted directly
into the seed to protect the seed against certain pests.
Farmers are utilizing 4-wheel drive tractors with up to 300
horsepower requiring fewer passes across fields-saving energy and
* Huge combines are speeding the time it takes to harvest crops.
With modern methods, 1 acre of land in the U.S. can produce
42,000 lbs. of strawberries, 110,000 heads of lettuce, 25,400 lbs. of
potatoes, 8,900 lbs. of sweet corn, or 640 lbs of cotton lint.
As you go about planning and planting the White House garden, we
respectfully encourage you to recognize the role conventional
agriculture plays in the U.S in feeding the ever-increasing
population, contributing to the U.S. economy and providing a safe and
economical food supply. America's farmers understand crop protection
technologies are supported by sound scientific research and
The CropLife Ambassador Network offers educational programs for
elementary school educators at http://ambassador.maca.org covering the
science behind crop protection products and their contribution to
sustainable agriculture. You may find our programs America's
Abundance, Farmers Stewards of the Land and War of the Weeds of
particular interest. We thank you for recognizing the importance and
value of America's current agricultural technologies in feeding our
country and contributing to the U.S economy.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Bonnie McCarvel, Executive Director
Janet Braun, Program Coordinator
Mid America CropLife Association
11327 Gravois Rd., #201
St. Louis, MO 63126