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Boy, you couldn't be further from the truth. I have seen and read some of the stuff Monsanto puts out to promote their products. Sometimes I buy organic and sometimes I don't, but if you are not familiar with their tactics to get farmers in line by putting them out of business it is an eyeopener.
You won't get much traction opening minds around here, JC. Just think of leftist virtue-signalling and apply it to rightists who lifestyle-signal like it was some vast and effective intellectual pushback. They adopt simplistic explanations that justify their confirmation bias and the rest is naturally fantasy. Some protest.
Then present them with the environmental impact of the gross inefficiencies of industrial farming - not the industry, the energy conversion ratios - and watch them scramble. Or the nutrition myths that anchor the dogmatic carnist obsession.
Organic farming, we're reliably advised*, is akin to Satan-worship. Eat you sum "real food", left-winger.
*Not kidding. Not going to bother hunting that dismal piece up again - I think it was one of Ace's moronic cob loggers - but it's a fair gauge of how spectacularly dim the ostensible right has become.
Uh, I come from a time when organic farming was all there was, and the environment was not all that bad, outside of the dust bowl. At least there weren't hordes of protesters touting this and that scheme to save the environment (and grow their bank account). Of course, we had a depression to deal with.
Organic is a Government run label. Of course its BS. It's very expensive for a farmer to get that "certification", so there is only a narrow way that farmer can farm "Organically". No innovation of farming. No enrichment of the soil.
I'm been researching Permaculture and am thinking I should take a PDC (Permaculture Design Course) and practicum. They seem to be developing a very good track record on developing food systems that are better than organic.