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Letter: Are organics what consumers really want?

Those of us in production agriculture are very much aware of how much we are watched as we try to make a life for our families while providing food for many others. We are scrutinized, criticized and regulated by a seemly oblivious population of people. It does get discouraging sometime to be regulated by someone who would not know what a cow or pig was if you dropped it on their head

I did read something in food production the other day with a little different slant on it. The Rich Earth Institute in Vermont has permitted for 175 volunteers to collect their own urine (pee) in 5 gallon jugs for use in food production. I guess we would be safe in calling that organic I would probably call it something else. Consider the logistics here: think hazardous material, can you imagine the panic if you tripped 10 gals of stale, old hot human urine loose on a hot summer day. An anhydrous ammonia leak would be minor compared to that. Then there is the collection problem: When you go to the office, beach or ballgame, do you take two thermos jugs, one for the cold and one for the not so cold?

I am not an organic grower and I will not condemn those who grow organic. But I look at the consumer and say What? What are you looking at and what are you thinking? Is that really what you want? Then I look at all the expanses of time spent by our advanced intellectuals trying to reinvent the wheel, and I say: Is that the best you can come up with?  Are we really to that point where we have to collect our own urine to grow our food?? I wonder.