I am at the Organic Summit in Stevenson, Wash., and the mood if described as a wine (and there’s plenty of organic wine here) would be buoyant with hints of trepidation.
The buoyancy is fueled by the political reality that the new administration is strongly committed to organic and sustainable agriculture. Witness long-time organic advocate Kathleen Merrigan’s appointment to Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture—new friends in high places; more robust funding of organic initiatives—these are heady times for the organic community.
The trepidation? Organics faces increasing and serious problems from genetic engineering, nanotechnology and other fast-moving threats to actually keeping food ... organic.
Obamaganics represents new organic clout and policies, but also an increasing genetic modification/technology juggernaut that can trump all the political gains. It’s a foot race to see who will control food and its purity. Stay tuned and informed.