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.
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.