All in a name?

by Alec Miller, Sustainable Plant Systems major

Organic is such a fancy word when you go to the grocery store. Big signs that standout screaming “Hey, overpriced food right over here!!” Social media spreads this hype while putting down conventional farming. When people don’t know anything about a topic they grew up far from, it’s easy for them to criticize. What bothers me is some states offer funding to grow organic crops. Where’s my check for putting out my conventional crops? Why are we promoting a type of farming that won’t be able to feed half the word? It’s ruining our conventional market. In the last 10 years, organic farming has grown significantly. I understand if a small farmer wants to be able to survive these tough times that they are going through but it’s the market stores that are killing us. They display the foods in a way that organic will stick out better. We also made up a scary name for conventional crops labeling them as GMO’s. That’s not an appealing word to anyone. Yes it’s the correct term but people who grew up far from it have no idea what it means.

This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.

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