WV Farm Bureau Magazine July 2015 - Page 23

“ With all the forces working against agriculture...we cannot afford to have this internal fight between organic and conventional farmers. There is room for both ways of production.” are healthy and happy. And the meat we produce is healthy and nutritious, despite not carrying an organic label. I hate to see farming be criticized by anyone; but it really upsets me when people within the farming industry criticize their counterparts. For example, the organic vs. conventional farmer wars with each side insisting that the food they grow is better than the other. While I certainly don’t agree that organically or naturally grown food is any more healthy or nutritious than conventionally grown food, I am not going to criticize a farmer who decides that organic is the way he or she wants to grow food. With all the forces working against agriculture (EPA, HSUS, PETA, federal taxes, etc), we cannot afford to have this internal fight between organic and conventional farmers. There is room for both ways of production. We are incredibly blessed to have the food choices that we do, and there is a huge demand for organically grown food. However, it is impossible to feed our world using just organic methods. Conventional agriculture, including the use of genetically modified seeds, is critical to be able to produce enough food for our increasing world population. We should not – and cannot – be competing against one another. While I may not buy organic and my family has no plans of raising organic beef, I support the farmers who grow food bearing that label. We are all farmers. We all grow food. We are all contributing to this industry that we love. We all have to come together. Have a blessed summer and when you sit down to a picnic feast, give thanks for the plentiful food that is on your plate. Whether organically grown or conventionally grown, a farmer grew it. West Virginia Farm Bureau News 23