Friday, April 10, 2009

Agri-Biz Wants Michelle Obama To Use Chemicals

On the creepy-corporate side of the news today, big agriculture is trying to capitalize on Michelle Obama's effort to promote self-sufficiency by planting individual gardens, particularly her's on the White House lawn. Not satisfied in letting this potential loss of business get away, the industry's PR organization decided to put in a few words about who American consumers should bow down to.

From ThinkProgress:

...the Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) — which represents agribusinesses like Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences, and DuPont Crop Protection — are unhappy that no chemicals are being used on the food:

Fresh foods grown conventionally are wholesome and flavorful yet more economical,” the Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) wrote the first lady last month a few days after she and fifth-graders from a local elementary school planted the White House Kitchen Garden.

“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.”

Now we wouldn't want to think people could go without chemically treated fruits and vegetables? God forbid Dow and Monsanto lose any business from Americans that might want to grow their own food without weedkiller or what not.