Good News for Small Farmers

This is really cool:

Before crops can be certified organic, farmers must carefully manage their land without using prohibited inputs like synthetic pesticides for 36 months. During this transition period and during the first years after certification, farmers often face many technical and market challenges. The Organic Transition Initiative was announced on August 22, 2022 as a $300 million multi-agency USDA effort to support this transition and build and strengthen organic markets. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency each have a major role in the Organic Transition Initiative.

I’m sure everyone realizes that synthetic fertilizer and pesticides are bad for the earth, but they are also largely petroleum based products that contributes to our climate crisis.

$300M Ameros is a drop in the bucket in the greater scheme of things, though it is a lot of money to you and me (and to small family farmers) and is just the thing that they need to encourage and support them as they do the right thing. It’s not enough to bring corporate AgriGiants into the organic fold, but it is bolstering the little guys doing the right thing.

There’s much more at the USDA website.

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5 Responses to Good News for Small Farmers

  1. MDavis says:

    Do they support and train in bee-keeping? This would be a perfect place to nurture bee colonies, since synthetic crop additives are suspected (is it proved yet? I haven’t kept up) of threatening bee colony collapse.

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  2. Cue the GQP complaining about a giant giveaway to hippies who should jest be rounded up and shot.

    I’m minded of their freakout when Obama talked about ‘Arugula’

    “Real ‘Merrikins’ don’t eat no elite libtard ‘aru-goo-la!'”

    without ever mentioning he was discussing the subject with actual arugula farmers in Iowa.

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  3. Jimmy T says:

    Cindy T (and now me) have for some time been an organic enthusiast because of the dearth of toxic pesticides. Took me a while to get on board mostly because sprayed products seemed larger and tasted good, but I’m now a fan of the organics and am pesticide free…

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    • Organics have gotten better, at least in some stores.

      My go-to grocery store(1) (a Sprouts Farmer’s Market ) has nice organic fruits & veg, but the last time I tried to get something at Whole Paycheck Foods, they wanted $1.50 for some zuchinnis that literally looked like they fell of the truck….on the Interstate, and got run over 20 times before getting scraped off the pavement.

      Now even Costco sells organic produce….

      (1) Favored because it is a great store with good prices and friendly folks, and it’s easy to get to on my bike on the way home without being subjected to rush hour Tucson car driving bicycle killers traffic.

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      • beckymaenot says:

        We have Sprouts here too. It’s my go to produce place and also meat place. I always like that you can get small qty when you want. Also- mine has bulk dry goods like rice and beans. It’s a nice little grocery.

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