The Organic Side Of Maine

Posted: 30/04/2008 in Uncategorized
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We hear a lot in the news about those strange characters known as ‘organic’ farmers around the state. Seems like they tend to crop up just about everywhere you see a farm stand. And that’s a good thing, by the way. We tend to become entrenched in the newest technology marketed in the magazines, newspapers and TV, and farmers are no different. The economy of Maine hurts everybody, and the farm industry is no different. People want new technology. Too bad.

A report in the Portland Press Herald says that Kendall and Jana Shaw of Fort Fairfield are being foreclosed upon by the Feds. According to the article Shaw hasn’t planted any crops for two years due to the economy. (http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=184662&ac=PHbiz )When the big boys start to lose out, the little kids always get to play in the playground. It’s sad to see the old names disappear from the scene, but maybe some good can come from it.

It’s an unfortunate sign of the times, but, if the situation is carefully tended, a lot of good can come from the tragedy of today’s economic condition. Rising fuel and energy prices are contributing to the increase in food costs. But the bigger problem is the increasing demand for bio-fuels and the trend to convert valuable food crops into fuel crops. But like most fads, people will smarten up and that will change. Bio-fuels are not the answer to our energy problems. Reduction of usage is.

And that’s where we can learn some lessons from these organic farmers. The mantra constantly quoted is sustainable production, and that is something we can all afford to heed. Unfortunately, much of this ‘sustainable’ terminology is incorrectly used, being pushed by the UN as a way to save the world from an ecological disaster that will never happen.

During the 60’s and early 70’s the back to nature hippie movement grew and the RRR way of life once again returned to America in a small way. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle was the message. The drawback to the message is that much of the general public looked askance at these long haired, drug taking, dope smoking, free sex miscreants and ignored them. The message was overshadowed by the poor marketing and visual pictures.

But the organic movement grew and evolved, and today has the potential to break new ground and obtain new growth. Commercial food crops are dwindling because of the bio-fuel situation and drought stricken areas of the world. The bigger producers are going after the bigger money. Organic food is better in many ways. Number one on the list is that it helps the local economy. The food is grown locally, sold locally, so the money stays in the community. More consumers purchasing organic food means more opportunity for these farmers, and may well entice more people into the production market.

Organic food is also healthier as no harmful chemicals are used in the production of crops. Which also means there is no harmful runoff into streams and local water supplies, making our drinking water safer. Organic production also relies on sturdy seed stock that has survived for generations and is able to exist under a changing environmental outlook.

Natural fabrics and products are healthier for humans. There is no questioning that. Use glass. Use paper. Use cotton and wool. You’ll be better off in the long run, and remember, what’s grown local, stays local. Who needs wheat from Australia anyways?

Several of Maine’s organic farmers are celebrating a tenth anniversary of collaboration with Horizon Organic® Farms coalition………

Report available on the personal care segment of the organics market………

Is HP Hood LLC a bunch of hoods?……..


Deuteronomy 7:13
He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land that he swore to your forefathers to give you.

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