by Michael dEstries
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Not everyone is thrilled with the Obama organic White House vegetable garden.

Take the organizers of MACA (The Mid America CropLife Association) who recently sent a letter to the Obama family urging them to consider using pesticides in their garden because — and get this — “the time needed to tend a garden is not there for the majority of our citizens.” GASP! It’s nice to hear MACA reminding families that they have no lives — and therefore, shouldn’t consider gardening as a leisure activity. We should all just sit our fat asses in front of the television, continue buying non-organic food, and not take an interest in understanding how vegetables are grown. Thine eyes have been opened.

Treehugger cited a few juicy points from the letter — here are a couple:

We live in a very different world than that of our grandparents. Americans are juggling jobs with the needs of children and aging parents. The time needed to tend a garden is not there for the majority of our citizens, certainly not a garden of sufficient productivity to supply much of a family’s year-round food needs….

As you go about planning and planting the White House garden, we respectfully encourage you to recognize the role conventional agriculture plays in the U.S in feeding the ever-increasing population, contributing to the U.S. economy and providing a safe and economical food supply. America’s farmers understand crop protection technologies are supported by sound scientific research and innovation….

Stephen Colbert, in classic fashion, agreed with MACA saying, “I’ve always been against organic foods. If I wanted to ingest something a hippie picked, I would eat an autoharp.” Check out his commentary at the two-minute mark on this ridiculous request from MACA.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • erin

    OMG I am in shock. I hope they are totally SHUT DOWN permanently very quickly!


  • Whoever…

    What part of ‘organic garden’ didn’t those idiots understand?

    Since I’m not American I have no idea what MACA is and I really don’t care!!!

    They are probably worried because it would be very bad for business if people realized they actually don’t need any chemical products to grow any kind of plant!

    A lot of companies that produce such chemicals would go out of business if organic gardening and farming became a major trend. Now, they wouldn’t want that would they?

    Of course not… It’s better if people are kept in ignorance because that way they buy whatever they’re told to buy and don’t question anything…

    Apparently the likes of them are doing a pretty good job :(

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  • erin

    Yeah we grew quality food on this planet for many many many MANY years without their crappy cancer causing chemicals!

    It’s only the last several decades of human HISTORY that we even used this killer weed stuff…. ANd obviously it’s ruining our planet and our health!

    Don’t listen to big business. If there really is a hell down there these guys are definitely going there!


  • João A. Espinho

    Absolutely ridiculous!!! How dare they try to encourage the usage of chemicals on a garden that is said to be organic? Really, economical interests are above all in the world (dare I say, specially in the US?).

    “…the role conventional agriculture…”

    Question: What was normal (organic) agriculture called during the first days of chemicals?

    And Mr. Stephen Colbert has a completely wrong idea of the people practicing organic!!!

    Where is this world going with people like this????

  • Rob

    Just want to say I agree with the above to posters. MACA sound scared! And Colbert is an idiot!

  • Banthe Furtrade

    You people do know that Stephen Colbert is JOKING, right?? It’s satire, folks!

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