Thousands of readers responded to the Organic Consumers Association
alert last week regarding an outrageous statement made by
Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson. Speaking to the U.K.
Financial Times, Peterson uttered the following: "For
whatever reason, people are willing to pay two or three times
as much for something that says ‘organic’ or ‘local’. Far
be it from me to understand what that’s about, but that’s
reality. And if people are dumb enough to pay that much then
hallelujah." The Congressman’s low regard for local and
organic food is especially unfortunate, given that he is the
Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, formulating farm
policies, programs and funding for agriculture across the
nation. After a deluge of irate letters from OCA readers,
Congressman Peterson seems to have undergone a miraculous
change of heart, stating in a press release: "I will
continue to seek solutions and identify opportunities to improve
public policies that support organic, locally grown and sustainable
agriculture." With respect for anonymity, we have removed
all identity and contact information and have posted copies
of many of your letters to our website. Read what other organic
consumers had to say to Mr. Peterson: