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Organic or Conventional pt 2

County Agent News
Dan Folske
November 19, 2018

Organic or Conventional (continued)

            It is easy to talk about stereotypes and while you can usually find at least one out of any group of people who does fit a stereotype for that group it is usually easier to find people who don’t match a stereotype. There are also often multiple stereotypes for different groups of people. For example: Ask a small farmer about very large farmers, you may hear that very large farmers don’t care about the land or about wildlife.  On the other hand I know some large farmers who have planted many trees for wildlife and do many other conservation practices to protect their natural resources. Ask a group of large farmers about small farmers and at least some of them will tell you that small farmers are lazy or are just too poor of managers to grow their operations. Some organic farmers may say that conventional producers are just raping the land and killing the soils. I’ve heard conventional producers say that all organic farms are just big weed patches.

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