A radical and transformative thought goes nowhere without the willingness to challenge convention. – from “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants,” by Malcom Gladwell
Somewhere along the way, the spin wizards working for companies like Tyson and Monsanto and Cargill and General Mills and Costco and Ben & Jerry’s—the list goes on—succeeded in turning the notion that we can’t feed the world without poisoning our soil and food into “conventional” thinking.
Unfortunately, a majority of politicians and global regulatory agencies—under the influence of corporate money—like to accuse those of us who think poison has no place in our food of belonging to a “fringe group of radicals.”
We disagree. But that doesn’t change the fact that we have to fight back as if we were fighting for “radical and transformative” thinking—instead of for common-sense food production.
Truth be told, we get discouraged sometimes. Like when we find out that Costco wants to build the largest chicken factory farm in the U.S. in a small Nebraska town, making an already bad water situation worse.
Or when we learn that a company called Nordic Aquafarms wants to turn 40 acres of beautiful land in Maine into the world’s largest salmon factory farm—with little thought to the environmental consequences or the economic impact on local seafood suppliers.
“Conventional” thinking says these projects are “good for business.”
Common sense, backed by hard science, says these projects will benefit no one except a few wealthy corporate bigwigs.
Fortunately, when our spirits sink, we’re reminded that consumers and farmers and good people everywhere know that the industrial agriculture model is broken, that it must change, and that we must take responsibility for making it change.
We are constantly reminded that without you, we’d have a tough time pushing ahead. Thank you for your generous and ongoing support.