5 responses to Amish=organic?

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    AdamVTAnabaptist
    Amish=organic? (May 17th, 2008 at 18:18)

    Greetings
    We have an organic farm here in VT. What really gets me is that chemical farming did not start till the 1900s, mostly after WW2( they needed an outlet for all the chemicals they used in bombs, and found they could make fertilizer. So from the fall of Adam till early 1900s all farming was “all natural” (organic!) So why have we accepted chemicals so freely, when for so long we did with out? Another scarry thing is there is not alot of long term testing on these chemical products. I used to farm w/ chems(and am not judging any farmers who do) but am so glad i dont now. My kids can eat our produce and drink our milk and i dont have to worry about chemicals. Also handling these chemicals(filling sprayers) etc, is enough to make anyone think twice. It is very easy to get nitrogen,potash,calcium,lime by natural means, manure, woodash, cover crops, compost etc. Also insecticides kill good bugs and good organisms is your soil as well as the pests(which makes a dead soil) Farming naturally I feel more in tune with Gods creation and its natural cycles. Keep up the good work

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    Emma
    Amish=organic? (May 19th, 2008 at 09:40)

    The idea of organic farming is growing tho. I remember seeing some articles on the subject in Family Life.

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    OldKat’77
    Amish=organic? (May 19th, 2008 at 09:49)

    There are probably some other factors that would prevent the Amish from embracing organic farming practices on a wholesale basis, or at least marketing their products that way. Some farmers, both Amish and non-Amish who do not use any chemicals in their production practices are not using the term “organic”, because to do so now requires a certification. While I am not sure how vigorously it is being enforced, it is now illegal to use that term unless you are certified to do so. A certification process that I am told can be quite an ordeal, yet doesn’t really ensure that truly organic practices will always be followed.

    Also, there is a fairly widespread belief that now that organic has gone mainstream the large corporate farmers are moving into the market to capture the premiums that organic farmers have historically enjoyed, while not being fully committed to the process. Many people feel that the newest wave of organic farmers are probably only organic in the loosest sense of the word. Additionally, even among the truly organic producers there is some recognition that many consumers care more about “locally produced” than they do about whether the product is organic. I am currently leasing land with the goal of producing an all natural, grass finished beef animal. I do not plan to pursue the organic label, though agree that concept of organic production is very sound and sustainable. I think that many Amish might feel the same.

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    Bill
    Amish=organic? (May 20th, 2008 at 16:01)

    Organic or not, I’m looking forward to seeing the signs like the ones pictured above hanging by the roadside. :)

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      Maria
      Amish and Organic (March 19th, 2013 at 20:13)

      Amish and Organic

      I agree. Now that the giants are trying to get a piece of the market as usual. Monsanto will find a way to go around the Organic regulations and serve us again with law quality foods that will still harm the enviroment and our health. I do buy organic and or local as much as possible. But I will try to purchase more local, small farm products and naturally produced. Thanks for the information.

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