petersonletters071113 by gjmpzlaezgx


									11/13/2007 -The following are letters written by organic consumers in response to his comments that buying organic and local is dumb. Collin
Peterson, chairman of the House of Representatives agricultural committee, says the farm sector that raises organic produce and grass-fed beef
for local consumers needs little federal help. "It is growing, and it has nothing to do with the government, and that is good,” he told the FT.
"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.”
To send a message to Collin Peterson (Democrat, MN) congratulating him for getting the Organic Consumers Association award for the
dumbest quote of the week:
The following are letters that have already been submitted to Mr. Peterson:

Mr. Peterson, the fact that you think that       than the true cost of the organics I buy. You     and more nutritious because it hasn't
supporting the people who don't receive any      flunk math!” Berkeley, CA                         traveled thousands of miles, and food that is
government subsidies as being “dumb”                                                               grown in sustainable ways and in ways that
                                                 “Mr. Peterson, Far be it from you to have
shows just how ignorant you are. Organic                                                           are more fair to growers. We know that
                                                 any concept or basic understanding of what
and small farms get little to no assistance                                                        agricultural environments affect wildlife
                                                 healthy agriculture really is. It's not about
from the government to offset any of their                                                         and human health. We are not dumb: We
                                                 profit - as you noted, organic and local
costs while mega farms held by just a                                                              know that all food is not created equal.” -
                                                 consumers such as myself are willing to
handful of corporations get the majority of                                                        Pittsburgh, PA
                                                 spend a little extra money. That's because
subsidies. No, supporting organic and local
                                                 we are intelligent enough to seek to protect      “Dear Mr. Peterson, By now, you are
farmers is not dumb, sir. You should
                                                 our health, the health of our families, and       probably regretting your choice of words in
definitely win the Organic Consumers
                                                 the health of the environment. We are also        describing people who choose to support
Association's award for dumbest quote of
                                                 willing to support those non-subsidized           local, organic agriculture. I am one of those
the week. Congratulations.” Hortense, GA
                                                 farmers who won't kowtow to ignorant              people, and I will tell you why. 1) Buying
“Dear Mr. Peterson: I congratulate you for       spenders like yourself who don't pay              local minimizes the amount of fossil fuels
winning the Organic Consumers                    attention to the risks they take by eating        which are used to get food to my table 2)
Association award for dumbest quote of the       conventional foods. We take it upon               Buying local supports the local economy 3)
week. Your statement has shown me, and           ourselves to safeguard our well-being             Buying organic prevents many pollutants
all other Americans that not only are you        because you and this administration have          from entering groundwater systems and
dumb about agriculture, but you have no          not taken the time to do your job and do it       helps maintain the integrity of topsoil 4)
appreciation for the fact the safe, locally      for us. As chairman of the HR agricultural        Buying organic supports the health of
produced food sustains vibrant communities       committee, you of all people in this country      farmworkers 5) Buying organic supports the
AND helps preserve the security of the           should know the dangers of consuming the          health of my family There are more
American food system. Sir, buying food           fruit, vegetables and other “foods” raised by     reasons, but these are also reasons that the
that has been flooded with herbicides and        big agriculture, coated with toxins and           federal government should support. Local
pesticides, then shipped across the country      injected with dubious DNA and hormones            economies, clean water, fertile land, public
or halfway around the world is dumb.             that stores like Wal-Mart and other chains        health and the reduction of global warming
Buying local, organic food is the smartest       peddle on unsuspecting customers. Stop            are all supported by my dollars when I
thing any consumer can do. I suggest to          feeding America poison and lies, and pull         choose to buy from local organic farmers.
you, as Chairman of the House Ag                 your head out of sand.”                           That does NOT mean that they don't at
Committee, that you should have a better                                                           times need federal help. If federal subsidies
                                                 "And this is why even the dumb Dems
understanding of these issues before calling                                                       were available to local sustainable farming,
                                                 aren't worth voting for due to the fact your
anyone else dumb.”                                                                                 America's dependence on foreign oil would
                                                 not smart enough to vote for bills that
                                                                                                   be reduced and the health of many
Arlington, VA” Thank you Representative          provide healthier food chains”
                                                                                                   Americans would be improved, reducing
Peterson for reaffirming my disgust with
                                                 “Somehow, I guess, some folks just don't          rising health care costs for preventable
the state of American politics. Once again
                                                 get the idea of sustainability. It may be a       diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart
the bottom line makes the decisions.
                                                 difficult concept for some to grasp, it's         disease, and many types of cancer. I am
American democracy, for the corporations,
                                                 worth it. The bottom line is not the short        willing and able to pay more for organic
by the corporations.” Pensacola, FL
                                                 term profit. Apparently you're way behind         food, but much of America's population is
“What is “dumb” are the billions of dollars      the curve, this didn't begin to happen            not. Thus their bodies must be fueled by
given to the oil industry and the farming        overnight. Perhaps you were paying                polluted, low-nutrient foods that are
industry by the US government in subsidies       attention to something else.” Portland, OR        subsidized by the government. They then
and tax credits. And then the US                                                                   have increased health problems and their
                                                 “1 + 1 = 2, 2+ 2 = 4 do we need to send you
government must pay billions of dollars in                                                         health costs are largely paid by the
                                                 back to school?” Brooklyn, NY
health care and environmental clean-up due                                                         government. Reducing these costs upfront
to the toxic damage caused by industrial         “Organic consumers are willing to pay             by subsidizing healthy food instead of
agriculture and the oil industry. Regrettably,   more for better quality products and to           unhealthy food would go a long way in
the US Taxpayer's income taxes pay for           support sustainable, healthful agricultural       helping America through its health care
these. So those artificially reduced food        practices. We choose products without high        crisis. Thank you for your time, one of
prices at the grocery store are much greater     levels of residual pesticides, artificial         America's 'dumb' (who happens to have an
                                                 hormones and antibiotics, food that's fresher     IQ of 138)” -Raleigh, NC
“I understand that this is just one sentence      remarks like the one you made that keep so      like you that make me scared for my
out of which you probably said many but           many people in the dark and work against        daughter and what world she is going to be
taken by itself, it is a very ignorant            progress for moving away from all the           living in when she grows up. consumption,
statement for a man of your intelligence.” -      chemicals and toxic additives in our food.      corruption and money are all you people are
Plano, TX                                         Get real! -Canyon Lake, TX                      about and I feel sorry for you.” -Veradale,
“Dear Mr. Peterson, I am not dumb. I try          “What is dumb is the government wasting
my best to keep toxic substances out of my        my tax dollars subsiding Large Corporate        “With all that we know about global
food supply. Your comments are very               owned farms, and penalizing small farms.”       warming and pollution today, calling
offensive.” -West Orange, NJ                                                                      consumers "dumb" to pay more for
                                                  “Congrats on winning the “dumb quote of
                                                                                                  something that isn't contributing as much to
“Dear Honorable Representative Peterson,          the week” award. This is quite a prestigious
                                                                                                  these problems is just ignorant. By insulting
As a single mother of two growing children        award and I'm sure you must be proud.
                                                                                                  those of us who choose to make a change
I cannot stress enough the importance of          Really though, if you can't figure out why
                                                                                                  for the good and actively admitting that you
purchasing locally grown, organic food.           spending money supporting local
                                                                                                  personally cannot take the time to find out
Unfortunately, it is expensive but it is worth    communities, preventing the complete
                                                                                                  the benefits of local organic practices, you
it - for taste and health reasons, as well as     destruction of all small farm land for future
                                                                                                  are condemning a future generation to live
its positive impact on the environment and        generations and helping to insure national
                                                                                                  with a world that is not as healthy because
on reducing the possibilities of climate          security by decentralizing the food supply is
                                                                                                  of you and your policies. I am outraged that
change catastrophe. I invite you to learn         a good idea then quite frankly I suspect you
                                                                                                  you aren't just content to bring yourself
more about the reasons consumers like me          really shouldn't be in office. While it may
                                                                                                  down by ignoring organic benefits, but you
choose organically grown foods and to             be the big corporations that pay for your
                                                                                                  have to bring us (young people and
encourage legislation that helps these foods      campaign it's these small farmers you are
                                                                                                  environmentally-conscious buyers) down
be more affordable, even healthier, and           supposed to be supporting, those people that
                                                                                                  with you.” -Morehead, KY
more widely available. The future of our          elected you. Remember them? Can you
children and the future of food and meeting       honestly not tell the difference between a      “Dear Rep. Peterson Regarding your
people's food needs depends on your action.       garden fresh tomato and one flown in from       assessment of people who by organically
Thank you for taking the time to consider         Chili? Is it not worth it to buy quality from   produced farm goods: 1) We are not dumb.
educating yourself on the benefits of             people you know and trust? Is it not            We just don't believe in externalizing the
organic food, and for championing                 important to know your neighbor and foster      costs of our food onto other people and
legislation that reflects the will of a healthy   your sense of community? It won't be a step     future generations. This is a moral choice,
population, hungering for fresh, delicious,       towards a fascist state if we do that, but it   and we are willing to put our money where
and healthy food.”                                will be a step towards a better America.        our mouths are. 2) Organically grown food
                                                  Which would you prefer?” -Seattle, WA           does not cost 2 to 3 times what 'cheap' food
“Yes, you don‟t get it. People don‟t want
                                                                                                  costs. There is a small price premium,
hormones and pesticides in their food. But        “Your comment is what is DUMB. Maybe
                                                                                                  undoubtedly less than you pay for your
just because you don‟t care about this,           you should do some homework & learn
                                                                                                  fancy suits. 3) Small organic farms deserve
doesn‟t mean it is not important to the           WHY we're willing to pay higher prices for
                                                                                                  support from our government far more then
health of our people and farming future.” -       products that do not destroy our bodies or
                                                                                                  the corporate factory farms who support
Nevada City, CA                                   our planet!”
                                                                                                  your campaigns. Since when was driving
“Dear Mr. Collin, Congratulations for             “Congressman Peterson: Congratulations on       people off the land in favor of machinery
winning Organic Consumers Award for the           winning the Organic Consumer                    and petrochemical debt a rural value? 4)
dumbest quote of the week. It is time you         Association's “Dumbest Quote of the Week        Organic consumers are a growing
did some homework and discovered the              Award” for insisting that those who pay         movement and politically active. You are an
health and environmental benefits of              more for local or organic food are “dumb”       endangered species.” -Brunswick, ME
organic farming. As Chair of the House            for doing so. Obviously you need to learn
                                                                                                  “DO you really think I'm dumb? So dumb I
Agricultural committee I am surprised you         more about the benefits of eating local
                                                                                                  won't be endorsing you for anything. I am
seem so uneducated about organic farming.         organic vegetables and local grass-feed
                                                                                                  saddened that you even have a say in what
Do some investigation yourself and stop           meat and dairy, as well as the true costs
                                                                                                  happens agriculturally. I will continue to
just listening to big agri-business.”             (environmental costs, health costs and
                                                                                                  support my local farmer and the sustainable
                                                  petroleum costs) of creating, trucking and
“Supporting safe foods is anything but                                                            organic industry with my hard earned US
                                                  eating conventionally produced food.”
dumb.”                                                                                            dollar. Please refrain from making any
                                                  “Man you are way off base. Happy                additional "dumb” comments.”
“Gee, why would people want a product
without added poisons? What dumb-asses,                                                           “What is wrong with you, Collin Peterson?
'eh? Next thing you know they won't want          “Wow, I am pretty embarrassed for you and       You call yourself a Democrat and then
toys with lead in them.”                          pretty disappointed that someone in this        figuratively spit on the little guy. How
                                                  high of office in the agriculture committee     about a little support for the farmer willing
“Dear Mr. Peterson: I am shocked at big                                                           to provide goods and food security for his
                                                  can be so clueless. If you want your family
government and how you all just don't seem                                                        own community? Also, you need to do your
                                                  to be consuming antibiotics, hormones and
to care about this country's health and well
                                                  potentially get mad cow, "hallelujah" to you    research. Local food is rarely more
being. Organic farms need all the support
                                                  too. It is a sad world when educated people     expensive than the stuff trucked into
we can give them. It is stupid and idiotic
                                                  in our government act so dumb. It is people     grocery stores from around the world, and it
certainly costs a lot less in gasoline and        about organic and local foods and why             for being so flippant about the reasons
OIL. Apparently reducing our dependence           these are the healthiest choices for our          people eat organics. Research is on our side.
on the messy Middle East is not one of your       families. I'm sure someone will educate you       As a representative of all consumers you
priorities. I'm very disappointed.” -             if you are interested in learning. And one of     have an obligation to represent us and not
Brighton, MA                                      the reasons we pay more to the farmers and        just big business.” -Nesconset, NY
                                                  ranchers is because they have to compete
“If I were you I would be totally                                                                   “Congratulations for getting the Organic
                                                  with the big agri-businesses who ARE
embarrassed about your comment. You                                                                 Consumer Organizations dumb quote of the
                                                  subsidized by the government.” -Battle
should know what you are talking about                                                              week award. Your insensitivity to and
                                                  Ground, WA
before you make stupid statements like that.                                                        ignorance of the organic farming sector of
Why don't you take the time to visit an           “Are YOU out of your mind? Maybe you              our country is mind blowing. To assure true
organic farm (or donate a week or so to           don't mind swallowing all of the chemicals        homeland security, as well as the health of
work on one) and maybe you would                  that are pumped into the factory-farmed           our children and our planet, we must
understand how much harder it is to farm          animals to keep them alive in horrid              support local food and energy. As the chair
organically. Anyone can spray poison on           conditions just long enough to get them to        of a most important committee, that clearly
things we eat, or dump chemicals in the           the consumer, but I don't. I want my family       caters to agri-biz, which denudes the
ground, but it takes very special people to       to eat food and produce that is grown and         nutrients from our food and is creating
produce food that won't keep us spending          cared for without all the chemicals and           generations of under-nourished, unhealthy
millions in doctor bills, hospital bills, and     genetically-engineered DNA. I also want           people, you should know better. It is in the
have to live with the horrors of cancer, etc. I   my food and produce to be local, so that I        best interest of our citizenry, our planet, our
will gladly give my money to those people         am not paying for the astronomical                future and the US as a leader, to support
who care more about the people who eat            transportation fees and contributing to the       organic farming AND those
their food, our health, and the earth, than       problems of pollution, etc. If you are 'far'      would be wise to inform yourself more fully
give it to the money hungry medical               from understanding this, then you do not          on the issue.”
profession and pharmaceutical companies.          deserve to be representing your
                                                                                                    “Mr. Peterson, So the population of the U.S.
By the way, I am a retired nurse, and             constituents.”
                                                                                                    is "dumb" for buying food that is better for
haven't been to a doctor for any reason in
                                                  “It is quite discouraging that it is only         them than what the government is willing to
the fifteen years that I have been living
                                                  slightly better to be represented by shills for   produce? Well, I'd rather be considered
organically. My mother always told me “if
                                                  big business and the wealthy like you and         "dumb" than eat genetically modified food,
you can't say something nice, don't say
                                                  my own Rep. Oberstar than a Republican. It        pesticide laden, cancer causing, and
anything at all” . Good advice I think. You
                                                  makes me ashamed to be a Minnesotan.” -           environmentally hazardous food!!!” -
should apologize.” -Sequatchie, TN
                                                  Bruno, MN                                         Pocahontas, AR
“If you think we are going to eat the foods
                                                  “Your statement about organic and local           “Congressman Peterson, I used to be a
that have been raised with chemicals we
                                                  food is shocking, alarming, disturbing, and,      farmer. But when government policies
cannot even pronounce or have been altered
                                                  oh yeah, idiotic. I cannot believe you're         moved from supporting family farms to
to suit big government's standards you're
                                                  chairman of any committee having to do            supporting large corporate entities, we
crazy. We happen to want what God has
                                                  anything at all with agriculture. Do you          could no longer afford to be farmers. It is
given us naturally to eat and not fake food
                                                  know how a seed grows? I'll have to talk          past time for the US government to
adulterated with what some bioengineer can
                                                  with my Minnesota friends about for whom          recognize that industrial agriculture is not
come up with.”
                                                  they intend on voting. - Cleveland, OH”           good for people and is not good for the
“It is very obvious that when speaking                                                              planet. The US is far behind the curve of
                                                  “Congratulations!!! You just received an
about organic or local, you don't know what                                                         recognizing the dangers of industrial
                                                  award for the "DUMBEST QUOTE OF
you are talking about. That is why you                                                              agriculture. I urge you to study the subject
                                                  THE WEEK” For whatever reason, people
given the award for the dumbest comment                                                             and stop supporting industrial, corporate
                                                  are willing to pay two or three times as
that was made on organics/local food                                                                agriculture. We can no longer afford it.” -
                                                  much for something that says 'organic' or
supplies. My mother used to tell us kids, if                                                        Rapid City, SD
                                                  'local'. Far be it from me to understand what
you don't know what you are talking about
                                                  that's about, but that's reality. And if people   "Dear Mr. Peterson- I am astonished and
keep quiet.”
                                                  are dumb enough to pay that much then             amazed at your recent comment about
“I was interested to hear your quote that         hallelujah." by the Organic Consumers             locally grown and organically raised
you think those who buy local and organic         Association. I totally concur, worse yet,         produce and meat products. A person in
foods and pay more for them are dumb. The         your quote tells us your intelligence level in    your position in this country should be
reason that most people do this is because        general when it comes to the health of the        educated on the health benefits and
they are concerned with the environmental         U.S. citizens. So sad we have such a terrible     environmental impact that these foods have
impact of conventional foods, from                leader in this country. I would expect better     on our nation as a while. The price and
production through transportation. I wasn't       from a democrat! -Garden Grove, CA                commitment of people to helping our
aware that being concerned about our                                                                nation's health car cost, environmental
                                                  “I am one of those dumb consumers of
actions in regards to the environment was                                                           impact on the Earth and our fossil fuel
                                                  organic products. I am also an ovarian
illogical.” -Saint Louis, MO                                                                        resources are directly tied to our
                                                  cancer survivor. Part of the reason I am still
                                                                                                    consumption of foods grown in the Earth
“And what sort of poison is in your food          alive is today is because I have decided to
                                                                                                    Friendly, People powered, non-toxic
Chairman Peterson? I am shocked that              limit the toxins, hormones, pesticides and
                                                                                                    manner in which organic and local farmers
someone in your position is so ignorant           so forth that enter my body. Shame on you
do. I suggest you take a small primer course    farmers and ranchers that choose to perform     “You know, the reason that people re
on the internet, start with the Environmental   responsible organic and natural practices.      willing to pay more for local and organic
Working Group. Remember the old adage,          Your recent comments prove that you are         food is because they want to support local
"One should think before they speak." “We,      not knowledgeable on this most important        and organic agriculture in the hopes that
organic consumers, are not dumb, we are         of matters, so please look into it more.” -     these may become more mainstream. Those
educated and healthy.” -Chesapeake, VA          Denver, CO                                      who pay more for local and organic
                                                                                                products are strengthening their
“Dear Congressman Peterson, As Chair of         “Dear Congressman Peterson: If you don't
                                                                                                communities and sending a message to
the House Agriculture Committee you             understand organic farming and the reason
                                                                                                corporate agribusiness that conveys that we
might want to spend some time to actually       for it, and you are the chairman of the
                                                                                                would rather pay more for our local/organic
understand the topic you are deriding. The      agriculture committee, don't you think it
                                                                                                products than support an industry that is
current administration has shown that lack      would make sense to educate yourself on
                                                                                                poisoning the planet with chemical
of knowledge is dangerous, especially for       the issue? I understand that big chemical
                                                                                                fertilizers and harming the people with
someone in a controlling position of power.     business and farm suppliers oppose
                                                                                                things like bovine growth hormones. I know
Please educate yourself on the topic you        organics, but that is because it threatens
                                                                                                that I feel better and more responsible as a
have control of so as not to continue to        their bottom line. It is more important to
                                                                                                consumer when I buy local and organic
project the image of a fool.” -Campbell, CA     reduce cancer and other disease caused by
                                                                                                products. Not only am I supporting my
                                                pesticide than it is to support people who
“Dear Mr. Peterson, All you need to do is                                                       neighbors, but I am educating myself and
                                                are only in it for the money. Money counts,
read the research. Then you won't have to                                                       my community on how to live sustainably.
                                                but you can make money and be safe at the
say stupid things.” -Fairfield, IA                                                              Now who's DUMB? People like you, who
                                                same time. I think you need to resign from
                                                                                                eat the crap that the agribusiness crams
“Dear Chairman Peterson: Here's what it is      this committee if you do not care enough to
                                                                                                down your throat, or people like me, who
about: As Chairman of Agriculture and its       learn about the reasons for organics,
                                                                                                know where their food comes from, how it
processes, you surely understand the            especially since it is flourishing without
                                                                                                was raised and what the hidden costs of
principle of "garbage in, garbage out" as it    your help. -Overland Park, KS
                                                                                                eating non-organic/non-locally produced
relates to food, machinery, and even
                                                “For whatever reason, people are willing to     foods are?”
thought. We take care with our cars to give
                                                pay two or three times as much for
them clean fuel/oil/air for running. Our                                                        “You should do some research before you
                                                something that says 'organic' or 'local'. Far
bodies deserve no less. Nature is not our                                                       spew such diatribe. You are just showing
                                                be it from me to understand what that's
enemy; she is a partner just waiting for our                                                    yourself to be a misinformed and ignorant
                                                about, but that's reality. And if people are
cooperation. That's why we support and pay                                                      representative, either clueless or beholden
                                                dumb enough to pay that much then
extra for the quality of natural foods. They                                                    to big agribusiness. Shame on you!”
                                                hallelujah." Dear Chairman Peterson,
contain the energy needed for healthy
                                                People who buy organic are willing to pay 2     “If we as a people continue buying foods
growth. As an organic consumer, I would
                                                to 3 times as much than those that buy          that are laden with pesticides and processed
be delighted to see a statement from you
                                                conventional (pesticided) food because they     to the point that they've lost their nutritional
that said, “Hey! I've learned a lot. And I DO
                                                won't compromise their health for money.        value, and if we (as taxpayers) keep
know what it is all about now. And I'm
                                                It's as simple as that. Far from being          subsidizing this kind of thing ? - then that is
supporting health the natural way, rather
                                                “dumb," they are the enlightened and            truly dumb. And, with all due respect,
than trying to ransom it back with drugs and
                                                aware, who know that there is a direct          electing congressmen who don't understand
medications." Wishing you a healthy
                                                correlation between pesticides, antibiotics,    health, nutrition, sustainable farming or
longevity -Louisville, KY
                                                and other toxins used in standard food          economics also seems pretty “dumb” to
“As chair of the Agriculture committee, I       production in America and the alarming          me.”
find it embarrassing that you do not            epidemic growth of all types of illnesses
                                                                                                “Buying food locally and knowing where
understand the importance of organic and        and disease from diabetes, to asthma, to
                                                                                                my food comes from is very important to
natural foods. Conventional modern              allergies and chemical sensitivities, and
                                                                                                me and many of the people across this
farming and food processing has destroyed       cancer. In our eyes, those of you who do
                                                                                                country. It should concern more people that
human health and is one of the biggest          NOT pay extra for purer food are the
                                                                                                they don't know where their food comes
reasons that so many people have so many        “dumb" ones. And the government needs to
                                                                                                from and the amount of fossil fuels being
health problems. The numerous synthetic         support the smaller organic farmers so that
                                                                                                used to ship food across the world. I think
chemicals that are added to our food supply     chemical-free food is available to all
                                                                                                that people wanting to take in interest in
throughout the growth stage to the point of     Americans, not just those who can afford to
                                                                                                their health, local economy and local
consumption has a huge impact on                pay for preventive health care through a
                                                                                                farmers are pretty smart!”
environmental and human health. For most        nutritious, health supportive diet. What's
Americans, every meal that they eat of          really "dumb" is knowingly feeding              “Congratulations on winning the dumbest
every day of their lives contains trace         pesticided food to your children and then       quote of the week. I am flabbergasted. Are
amounts of toxic chemicals. Over a              paying high doctors bills when years later      you really that ignorant? Seriously- you
lifetime, that really adds up and creates big   they develop cascading health problems.         can't fathom why someone would want to
problems that I think you should be aware       Congratulations for getting the Organic         pay more for natural food? Organic and
of. As far as organic food costing more, that   Consumers Association award for the             local food is so much better for our
is where the government needs to step in        dumbest quote of the week!!” -Long Beach,       planet....the planet that God created. I don't
and help out. The government should be          NY                                              understand people claim to be religious but
providing more subsidies and incentives for
could care less about protecting and            healthy and purchase of food loaded with         lands laden with petroleum based poisonous
nurturing that which he made.”                  poison is what is dumb. That and making          chemicals that have been implicated in
                                                statements like you made, well that is           everything from Multiple Sclerosis,
“I am an organic food consumer, a member
                                                certainly very dumb.” -Chattanooga, TN           infertility, cancers of the blood and body,
and supporter of OCA, Organics
                                                                                                 miscarriages, low IQ and immune diseases.
Consumers Association. I am sending you         “Your recent statement to the effect that
                                                                                                 But, this is what YOU support. Perhaps this
this message at the request of OCA. I am        paying more for organic products is dumb
                                                                                                 is what YOU feed your family. I challenge
writing to congratulate you on winning the      shows who has you in their pocket - -
                                                                                                 you to buy certified organic milk and eggs
dumbest quote of the week.                      corporate agribusiness and factory farms.
                                                                                                 and even bread, and taste it. Now taste your
Congratulations!! I was wondering if you        Go ahead and continue eating the tumor-
                                                                                                 non-organic eggs and your milk. Even if
realize that speaking so without a base of      and cancer-ridden meats, hormone-filled
                                                                                                 you honestly believe that this is all a
knowledge of the topic betrays the fact it's    dairy goods and pesticide-tainted produce
                                                                                                 conspiracy created by tree-hugging hippies,
not the people you are trying to denigrate      from your buddies, I'm sure it'll keep you
                                                                                                 sir I assure you, you will TASTE the
who is dumb but it is you the speaker?          nice and healthy for years to come!!”
                                                                                                 difference. Please stop flooding our grocery
Please, take some time to do some research
                                                “I am an organic consumer, I buy locally         stores with nutritionally inferior products.
into what locally grown foods and
                                                and I am not dumb. Perhaps you should            Support organic farming and sustainability,
organically grown foods mean to personal
                                                take time from accepting donations from          then prices will come down and even the
health, the health of the people, the health
                                                agribusiness to research organic agriculture.    poor among us will be able to afford
of the nation and the health of the
                                                Sustainable agriculture is very important        nutritious, pesticide-free foods. Clean food
environment. You'll find that the efforts by
                                                because it does not add mineral salts and        should be a birthright, not a luxury. -
farmers to grow and sell locally, grow
                                                other pollutants to both the soil and above-     Sunrise, FL
organically and for consumers to purchase
                                                ground and ground water. Organic produce
these products, have put a lot of thought and                                                    “My momma told me it is best to keep your
                                                has been tested and proved to have more
consideration into this. Economically they                                                       mouth shut when you don't know much
                                                nutrients that chemically fertilized produce.
are willing to spend more on trying to                                                           about a subject...this is one of those times
                                                Perhaps it would be good to know
change the market to a more healthy and                                                          for you. A little education regarding
                                                something about agriculture since you are
sustainable one. Dumb is the complete                                                            carcinogens and such would be a good idea.
                                                on the Agriculture Committee.”
opposite of what people are trying to do in                                                      I must say I was surprised to hear a
the buying local and buying organic             “As an organic/local produce consumer, I         Democrat being so, well, DUMB about
movement. Good luck on you education and        take exception to your recent comments that      something so very important to the health
once again, congratulations on winning the      people like me are "dumb". But take heart:       and well being of our children and a little
dumbest quote of the week.” -South              You have just received the Organic               thing called the planet. I expect that from
Hadley, MA                                      Consumers Association award for the              the greedy Republicans. In time I may
                                                dumbest quote of the week.                       forget though. “
“Write a short paragraph to Collin Peterson
here Peterson let me talk dumb to you!                                                           “Dear Representative Peterson: I sincerely
Obviously yous the one that‟s dumb for          “Supporting local farms builds community,        hope that your remark about organic food
saying such an idiotic statement like that.     cuts greenhouse gasses, and ensures food         consumers being “dumb” was incorrect or a
Me thinks its time for you to retire!! But I    safety. What's dumb is getting into bed with     misquote. As the chairman of the House Ag
doubt you will just like your buddy Larry       the agro-businesses that have pushed my          committee you should understand
Craig! Now Peterson haws it feel to be          family and many of our friends out of            something about food, toxic chemicals and
talked dumb to???? Well that‟s exactly how      farming and ranching and helping to create       antibiotics and their effects on human
I felt.” -Fremont, NE                           a world of mutant, processed, disease            health. It's not your job to only represent
                                                causing food. I don't have time to point you     industrial agriculture but to actually
“You know what's so ironic is that the
                                                in the direction of all of the medical           understand the food concerns of American
majority of people eating locally and eating
                                                evidence to support that claim, but a simple     citizens and the effects of foods on our
organic are actually smarter than the usual
                                                Goggle search (or better yet, trip to your       health. Please educate yourself more about
consumer since they take the time to read
                                                local library) will substantiate my claim. I'm   organic agriculture and the reasons that
and research about the foods that they put
                                                glad I'm not dumb enough to have helped          millions of consumers are seeking out truly
into their bodies- that would include me.
                                                elect you. Cheers! -Ft. Collins, CO”             healthy foods grown near where they live,
Educate yourself- all those toxins and
                                                                                                 not shipped at great environmental expense
pesticides are clouding your thinking when      “Dear Sir, The “dumb” people that perplex        from another continent. “ -Waunakee, WI
you go and make narrow-minded and               you with their resolve to provide safe,
ignorant comments such as yours. I think        pesticide-free, sustainable wholesome,           “If you don't understand the value of
you need a good de-tox program.” -Bolton,       nutrient rich foods to their families,           organic, local food and grass fed beef, then
CT                                              particularly their young children, pay higher    you have no business being on the
                                                prices for those wholesome foods because         agriculture committee, much less being its
“Well, you are to be congratulated for the
                                                we must. We wish to preserve our health;         chairman.”
dumbest statement I've heard in a long time
                                                we wish to be thoughtful stewards of the
and for getting for getting the Organic                                                          “Perhaps the reason you made your recent
                                                earth with which we are blessed. We don‟t
Consumers Association award for the                                                              comments about organic farming is because
                                                want to eat foods full of high fructose corn
dumbest quote of the week. Buying organic                                                        you are in bed with the government
                                                syrup (causes obesity and diabetes) we
is dumb? Well, lots of people know that                                                          subsidies to chemical/pesticide/herbicide
                                                don‟t want to eat soybeans, we don‟t want
food without all the added chemicals is                                                          using farms that contaminate our water
                                                to eat nutritionally dead foods grown on
supply and spread cancer causing chemicals        benefits are huge. I have two grown             go to many small farmers who are trying to
throughout our land. If you want to ingest        children and neither one has ever been sick     make a living farming.” -Chicago, IL
chemicals and toxins in your food, who am         with anything more than a cold for one or
                                                                                                  “May I suggest you educate yourself as to
I to stop you. But, for you to spout of in this   two days. I bet anything if you have kids
                                                                                                  the nutritional value that is in your
fashion only supports it is politics as usual     that you can make the same claim
                                                                                                  traditionally (mass/chemically) farmed
for you. Which is: You scratch my back and        truthfully. Take sometime to learn what all
                                                                                                  produce and meat compared to organic
I'll scratch yours. Pathetic.” -Portland, OR      the benefits are about and maybe you'll
                                                                                                  foods. In many cases organic has been
                                                  become as dumb as us organic consumers.”
“Shouldn't it be that we pay more if we                                                           tested to have 10, 100, or even 1000 times
                                                  -Dover, AR
want our food contaminated with                                                                   the nutrient content over regular produce.
pesticides?? People pay more for organic          “Far be it from me to understand what that's    Not to mentioned the pesticides, hormones,
food because the organic farmers don't get        about, but that's reality. And if people are    steroids and bovine diseases that are in
subsidies from the government. We, the            dumb enough to pay that much then               "regular" meat and produce - I'll skip eating
people, care about our health and                 hallelujah.” It's good to know that the         those too thanks. Why buy local? Because
unfortunately in this country, we have to         ignorance of this administration trickles       once we run out of oil and gas that's all
pay more to get healthy food, Geez, get a         down to every level. Congratulations!!”         you'll have! By buying local I'm not
clue!”                                                                                            supporting using more fuel to ship my food
                                                  “Dear Collin Peterson, I am concerned that
                                                                                                  3 countries away. By buying local I'm
“Congratulations on getting the Organic           you admit that you don't understand the
                                                                                                  supporting my local economy and farmers.
Consumers Association award for the               organic growing movement or local foods
                                                                                                  So will I pay more to save the environment
dumbest quote of the week. :)”                    programs. I would love to send you some
                                                                                                  and not put harmful toxins into my body,
                                                  information on reading material that would
“Dear Representative Peterson, I take                                                             and feed it more higher nutrient dense
                                                  let you be a little more informed about such
offense to you referring to me as “dumb”                                                          foods? Without a doubt! I might even
                                                  a large issue, especially since you are in
for buying organic foods. Being a graduate                                                        suggest that those that can't see the benefits
                                                  such a position of responsibility and
of the University of Iowa, having grown up                                                        FAR outweigh the cost - well I guess
                                                  influence regarding agriculture and
on a farm and living in an agricultural state                                                     they're just dumb.” -Edmonton, AB
                                                  American food. Hopefully, you will be at
my intelligence about food choices is being
                                                  least tolerant and respectful of the food       “Rep. Peterson: Clearly your consumption
ridiculed by you. I was diagnosed with
                                                  choices that many of the people in this         of chemical-laden farm products for so
cancer almost 2 years ago and did research
                                                  country are making.”                            many years has deteriorated your brain to
on how I could support my immune system
                                                                                                  the point of malfunctioning. Your recent
to fight off the cancer in addition to            “I have been eating Organic for over two
                                                                                                  statement questioning why people would
conventional therapy. Organic food free of        years now and have never been as healthy
                                                                                                  pay more for organic foods is evidence.
chemicals, in other words, good clean food        and happy as I am right now. I don‟t believe
                                                                                                  Perhaps it's time for you to step down and
like I was raised on years ago helps to           I am dumb and take offense to your
                                                                                                  go to work for Big Agribusiness, since that
reduce the chemical load your liver has to        comment, I think you should make a public
                                                                                                  seems to be who you represent.” -Stillwater,
deal with.” -Iowa City, IA                        apology for your statement.”
“Mr. Peterson, When you, your children            “I take issue with your assessment of
                                                                                                  “Mr. Peterson, I am astounded that you
and grandchildren are passing on of cancer        organic consumers being "dumb". I am an
                                                                                                  would refer to my family as dumb, referring
and numerous other diseases because of the        organic consumer who is willing to pay
                                                                                                  to you calling people to purchase food that
foul and mistaken ideals you've taught them       more for food that does not contain added
                                                                                                  is grown organically, locally etc... as dumb.
about food safety, you'll take back those         hormones or antibiotics and vegetables that
                                                                                                  Us dumb people are a great deal of the
words you've uttered about us “dumb”              are not genetically engineered while
                                                                                                  population, we are educated, informed,
organic and local buying consumers. Our           supporting my local agricultural industry. I
                                                                                                  family oriented and we love our
willingness to support and fund a healthier       am an independent thinker who will not
                                                                                                  communities. (so much so that we spend a
agricultural market in hopes of it's              swayed by Monsanto's rhetoric, unlike so
                                                                                                  bit extra to support our local
expansion is a commitment to                      many of the truly “dumb” consumers out
                                                                                                  stupid of us!) For my family personally we
PREVENTATIVE HEALTH MEASURES!                     there. Go ahead and swill your bacteria
                                                                                                  would rather pay more for the highest
Ever heard of that??? Your unintelligent          laden fat free milk that you find so tasty,
                                                                                                  quality food without pesticides, hormones
statement is a sad reflection of                  Mr. Peterson. I, for one, will not be joining
                                                                                                  and genetically modified ingredients and
government's unwillingness to put money           you.” -West Milton, OH
                                                                                                  cut back on other less useful things. I am
where "The People" see an honest need.
                                                  “Congratulations for getting the Organic        the wife of an active duty Naval Officer
Shame, shame... (Democrats from MN
                                                  Consumers Association award for the             who works very hard to keep our country,
ought to know better. I'm disgustingly
                                                  dumbest quote of the week. I find it hard to    community and children safe...who you to
embarrassed to be your next door neighbor
                                                  believe that congress continues to provide      say are, DUMB, when all we do is want the
in WI.) -New Berlin, WI
                                                  billions of dollars in funding for factory      best for the people we love the most.
“How rude to say organic consumers are            farms, money that goes to subsidize large       Congrats on insulting my community, the
dumb, I guess your parents never taught           corporations such as Cargill and Monsanto.      farmers we support and my family in
you any better. Just because you don't            But some representatives, such as yourself, win the Organic Consumers
understand something its automatically            do not show the least understanding for         Association award for the dumbest quote of
dumb? Maybe you should educate yourself           improving our food system by growing            the week!!! -Navy Wife Mother of two
on organics and maybe you would start to          organically and locally. Such support would     beautiful, healthy, organically fed kids!” -
understand. The cost is more but the health                                                       Everett, WA
“Nice quote; you sure are clueless. You         organic agriculture not bad mouth those            organic” , I am ashamed to be one. It is hard
should really resign.” -Seattle, WA             who consume its products. -Lansing, MI             to believe that you are actually an educated
                                                P.S. I am embarrassed that you represent           individual. Maybe, just maybe, if you took
“I was amazed and saddened that you
                                                my former hometown of Moorhead, MN.”               the time to educate yourself about the
demonstrated such ignorance and contempt
                                                                                                   subject matter that you are speaking about,
for consumers of organic and local foods        “Do some research, and not the materials
                                                                                                   you would not end up sounding like an ass.
through your recent comments to the             supplied to you from the petro-chemical
                                                                                                   So, congratulations, you have received the
Financial Times. I would think that a           industry! Some of us are willing to pay
                                                                                                   Consumers Association award for the
representative from the Midwest would be        extra to avoid poisons, growth hormones
                                                                                                   dumbest quote of the week. You even
much more aware of the importance of            and a multitude of noxious chemicals used
                                                                                                   topped President Bush this time.” -San
small, family farms and the people who          by food producers. More and more evidence
                                                                                                   Ramon, CA
support them. In an era where mega-             is showing how bad these chemicals are for
agriculture is devouring family farms and       humans to consume. People far smarter than         “Wondering why you are calling organic
eating up federal subsidies, I would hope       you will ever be are aware of the damage           consumers dumb? Is it dumb to want to eat
that you would be more supportive of local      already done.” Boise, ID                           non-toxic, non-tainted, healthier food that
and organic suppliers and the people who                                                           also provides benefits for family farmers
                                                “Dear Collin Peterson, I have an MBA and
keep them in business.”                                                                            and the environment? I think you should
                                                my husband is an attorney. We do not
                                                                                                   investigate organic foods further before you
“Wow, maybe if you cared for your health        consider ourselves dumb. What I do think is
                                                                                                   belittle those who buy them. Try some
or the environment you might have an idea.      dumb, is your statement: “For whatever
                                                                                                   organic vegetables or fruits, and you will
Maybe the tie is too tight and you are losing   reason, people are willing to pay two or
                                                                                                   not only taste the difference but notice a
oxygen as well as too many toxins in your       three times as much for something that says
                                                                                                   difference in how your body is feeling.
mass produced food. I suggest for some bed      'organic' or 'local'. Far be it from me to
                                                                                                   Wishing you a peaceful, productive
side reading you pick up FAST FOOD              understand what that's about, but that's
                                                                                                   existence!” -Durham, NC
NATION, it was a real eye opener for me. I      reality. And if people are dumb enough to
happen to be an agriculture major and have      pay that much then hallelujah.” Buying             “Dear Rep. Peterson, Thanks for leading the
mourned the state or condition that local       local and organic is much better for our           charge for a locally-produced, healthier
and small farmers have endured to try to        health and for the environment. And, it            American food system. With idiots like you
keep their land and feed their own family. I    doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand      in the government it's no wonder why we're
don't ask that you become an expert but I       that!”                                             rapidly becoming a net importer of food.
ask for those that love you sake, eat more                                                         Dependence on foreign oil? Try dependence
                                                “Why do you hate America?” -Richmond,
organic and locally grown. The way food is                                                         on foreign food.”
raised and processed is not good, healthy or
                                                                                                   “Dear Representative Peterson, For the of
kind to the animals or the humans that raise    “Mr. Peterson, I find it interesting that the
                                                                                                   the House Agriculture Committee to say
them or eat them. As always,” VA Beach,         head of the House Agriculture Committee
                                                                                                   that spending more for organic and/or local
VA                                              could be so “dumb” . Consumers are paying
                                                                                                   food is not dumb. It's INANE! Who do you
                                                more for organic because 1. There is less of
“Wow! Your quote on organics and locally                                                           work for? Your constituents or the pharma
                                                it and supply is dictating price. 2. Because
grown food was so uneducated that it                                                               and insurance companies? Basically, you're
                                                the poisons (pesticides), hormones, and
literally “blew me away” . Would you like                                                          saying that you'd rather see your neighbor, a
                                                other tampering with the food supply places
to know why organically grown food is                                                              local, organic farmer, put out of business
                                                our health at risk. 3. In an effort to stave off
better for people and for the earth? I hope                                                        and then have your family eat pesticide and
                                                the ever increasing illness affecting
so since you are in a position of power and                                                        fungicide soaked, genetically processed
                                                Americans with direct connections to what
you should understand agriculture in its                                                           food from monster agriculture
                                                we eat, we feel it is imperative to try to
various forms. But, congrats on being                                                              corporations? Dumb and dumber, Peterson!
                                                avoid processed crap, full of chemicals,
awarded “Dumbest Quote of the Week” .                                                              Your constituents say, “Here's to your
                                                paint, MSG, to name a few. We need people
Go Organic!” -Pittsburgh, PA                                                                       HEALTH!” -Medanales, NM
                                                like you to get educated before you open
“Dear Collin Peterson; I do not appreciate      your mouth, and we need support for real           “The reason people are willing to pay more
being called “dumb” for my researched and       change in the betterment of our food               for organic foods is because we prefer not
considered decisions about the quality of       supply! We need to be able to walk into a          to consume foods that are sprayed with
the food I choose to buy and feed my            grocery store and obtain unadulterated food        chemical pesticides. We also do not want
family, nor as a former small business          without the exorbitant cost. Our reps should       the source of our dairy products to be
owner in the natural foods industry, nor as a   be helping us! Wake up!”                           animals that eat feed that is treated with
promoter of community supported                                                                    pesticides. In addition, we do not want our
                                                “Just so you know, sir, we must be dumb to
agriculture (as a member of an ecumenical                                                          children nor ourselves exposed to
                                                have voted you into office. But it looks like
movement.) I sincerely hope your health                                                            unnecessary antibiotics and growth
                                                these “dumb” people will be the ones to
lasts and you do not end up feeing “dumb”                                                          hormones. More importantly, our
                                                vote you out of office.” -Winthrop, MA
for having consumed unhealthful quantities                                                         environment suffers every time a chemical
of chemicals, hormones and heavy metals.        “Are you really so out of touch with the           pesticide is used to treat food crops. It
May you be blessed with health, greater         American people or are you dumb?”                  pollutes our precious land and water.” -
reason and - better manners”                                                                       West Bloomfield, MI
                                                “I am a Democrat, but after hearing your
“I strongly object to you calling organic       remark in regard “something that says
consumers “dumb” . You should promote
“How can you be so ignorant on these             pumped full of hormones and antibiotics.           “With “friends” (i.e. Democrats) like you,
issues? You should resign immediately.” -        The medical industry has observed that the         who needs Republicans?”
Grayslake, IL                                    level of antibiotics people eat through meat
                                                                                                    “I am a married mother of two young sons.
                                                 is leading to super-bacteria resistant to
“Mr. Peterson, Check the nutrition figures                                                          I live in Santa Cruz, CA with my family. I
                                                 current antibiotics. The large amount of
of grass-fed beef compared to 'regular' beef,                                                       found your recent assertion that organic
                                                 hormones taken in through food sources
but do it from a source other than the big                                                          consumers are dumb to be incredibly
                                                 also affects the body with non-natural
beef industry lobby. You'll see who is                                                              offensive. The town I live in is a heavily
                                                 hormone levels. As these substances are
dumb. Hallelujah to you.” -Pittsburgh, PA                                                           agricultural is surrounded by farms.
                                                 eliminated from the body, they enter the
                                                                                                    Those of us who live in farm areas
“Dear Representative Peterson, Your              ecosystem, affecting marine life. The
                                                                                                    understand the direct impact that pesticides
comments reflect a narrow understanding of       environment is another reason to support
                                                                                                    and herbicides have on our air, our water
the U.S. food system and its costs. If the       organic farming and local buying.
                                                                                                    and our health. Maybe you are insulated
price of most conventionally grown foods         Pesticides from non-organic farming run off
                                                                                                    from those effects in your capitol hill office.
were to include the cost of so-called            with wastewater, also affecting marine life.
                                                                                                    maybe to you, food seems like a simple
“externalities” such as soil and water           Food shipped from one side of the country
                                                                                                    commodity, that just arrives on your
pollution, topsoil erosion, and public health,   to the other requires fuel to transport it,
                                                                                                    grocery shelves; and you don't care how it
then the price of organic foods would seem       adding to global warming. Organic farming
                                                                                                    gets there. I care. I care about the air my
inexpensive indeed. I suggest you view           techniques are gentler on the Earth, yielding
                                                                                                    children breath, the water they drink, and
“The True Cost of Food” at                       healthier soil conditions that also help keep
                                                                                                    yes, I care if the food they eat has pesticide -Aptos, CA”            down global warming. The price of organic
                                                                                                    residues on it. The demand for organic food
                                                 foods is high because of attitudes and
“If you don't understand why people pay          ignorance such as yours. Organic farming is
                                                                                                    is only going to grow, you have that much
more for organic food, you might want to                                                            right. But the costs of making the transition
                                                 a developing industry. Like any developing
research the effects of all the chemicals that                                                      are great. We owe it to America's small
                                                 industry, prices will initially be high. Look
non-organic farmers use on their crops.                                                             farmers to help them make the transition. It
                                                 at the prices of HD and Plasma televisions,
Farmers are currently allowed to use many                                                           is an investment that will pay off in a
                                                 or DVD players, for example. How high
known cancer-causing chemicals on their                                                             cleaner environment and a more healthy
                                                 were those when they first came out? Those
crops. What's more, organic farms actually                                                          and diverse agricultural economy. Factory
                                                 prices have gone down significantly. The
out-produce acre for acre non-organic                                                               farms should not be our ONLY farms. I
                                                 difference here is that organic farming is in
farms. Organic farming should be the rule                                                           hope you will reconsider your stance on this
                                                 competition with non-organic farming, and
not the exception.”                                                                                 issue.”
                                                 non-organic farming is receiving
“Your lack of support for organic and            government assistance all the time. It is          “Frightening to think that people like
sustainable farming methods ensures that as      fighting an uphill battle against an opponent      yourself are in charge of setting health
you progress through the electoral system, I     that is getting support. Why do I purchase         policy. Why do you think people in the U.S.
will NEVER send you a cent in                    organic food? It's healthier, and I can easily     are so obese? Why do you think most
contributions.”                                  feel that health difference. It's better for the   antibiotics don't work anymore? Maybe you
                                                 environment. It's a more “natural” way of          should dedicate some time to these issues,
“Representative Peterson, I am amazed at         doing things, and from a shamanic                  then you might understand why people are
the ignorance displayed by your comment          perspective, that feels to me the way things       willing to pay more so they do not load
regarding organic consumers. You                 should be. I choose to invest in the kind of       their bodies up with substances that have
demonstrated not only a complete lack of         world I want to see, whether that                  horrible effects on their health. A subject I
understanding of the benefits of organic         investment is through my time, energy, or          suggest that is worth studying for you.” -
foods, but also a complete lack of               money. I suspect you will receive a lot of         Santa Monica, CA
understanding of the economics or global         response about your comments. I suspect
impact of the organic foods sector. Briefly      that, compared to comments you may                 “Unfortunately it is antiquated attitudes
put, organic foods have greater health                                                              such as yours that have led our planet to the
                                                 receive on other issues, a higher proportion
benefits than non-organic foods. Studies                                                            dangerous situation we are in. I sincerely
                                                 of these comments will be non-personal, but
have shown higher nutrient levels and better                                                        hope you attempt to educate yourself. Your
                                                 instead intelligent, heartfelt, and well
flavor than non-organic equivalents. On the                                                         position of power demands it.” -Fountain,
                                                 thought out. I hope you take that to heart.
other hand, synthetic compounds found in         At the very least, I'd like to offer you a         CO
non-organic foods cause additional strain on     challenge to spend one month eating all            “Nice job! Making the dumbest quote of the
the body, particularly the liver. Our bodies     organic foods. See if you notice the taste         week is hard work. Next time consider
are not designed to process much of what         difference. See if you notice the health           promoting positive change for our country
non-organic foods put into it. While             difference. If you do, then realize not only a     and maybe you will make the best quote of
enzymes break down various carbohydrates,        society that feels the same benefits, but the      the week.” -Eugene, OR
fats and proteins, the body has no               environment as well.”
mechanism for processing most of the                                                                “Dear Representative Peterson, I am a
synthetic compounds introduced by non-           “Why don't you pull your head out!”                consumer who purchases organic and
organic foods. Many of these compounds                                                              locally grown food for myself and my
                                                 “Your ignorance about organic and local
accumulate in the body as a result, leading                                                         family. I do pay more for the assurances
                                                 foods is embarrassing to your party.
to symptoms as minor as allergies to as                                                             that my food providers do more to protect
                                                 Educate yourself, please! It's the least you
serious as cancer. In the case of beef, there                                                       my health and the environment than
                                                 can do...literally.” -Lewisville, NC
are additional concerns. Most beef is                                                               conventional factory farms. I do not do this,
because I am dumb. I am currently pursuing       chemical fertilizers, pesticides, engineered       created farm products vs. natural, it seems
a Master's Degree in Accounting, and I           organisms, all factors in declining health         to me that I would prefer natural and would
scored in the top 4% of test takers on the       and scores of health problems, including           hope that you would want that for you, your
GMAT. I simply understand the benefits of        cancers. Shame on you, being on such a             family and our nation as well. Even Europe
organic agriculture. I would expect you to       powerful post and being either too dumb to         won't be buffaloed with GMO products, etc.
understand them as well, as you are the          understand the issue or to ignorant and            and so neither should we. Please reconsider
chairman of the House Agriculture                elitist to want to understand the issue. -San      how you are spending our tax dollars the
Committee. For example, the USDA found           Francisco, CA                                      next time you are faced with who should
higher levels of the cancer-fighting and                                                            get it. Corporate greed or smaller sustained
                                                 “Hmm perhaps you haven't studied
possibly heart-attack preventing agent,                                                             family farms.” -Berkeley, CA
                                                 anything regarding agriculture, global
lycopene, in organic ketchup than in
                                                 warming, and the ecology of the planet.            “Mr. Peterson, Calling a segment of the
conventional brands a few years ago. In
                                                 Organic means something hasn't been                population, part of YOUR constituency no
2002, a study found that children who ate
                                                 sprayed with chemicals that can kill you,          doubt, DUMB for focusing their buying and
organic fruits and vegetables had less
                                                 and disrupt the ecological balance of the          eating habits on organic, free-range and
pesticide in their urine than children who
                                                 planet. Local means that your friends and          local foods only shows how much you don't
ate conventionally raised produce. Paying a
                                                 neighbors grew it, not some random person          know about the subject. Please take your
little more for food that puts less POISON
                                                 in another country who then put it on a            foot out of your mouth and educate yourself
into my children's system does not sound
                                                 giant truck or cargo ship that took tons of        on these topics. Sincerely, A voting
very dumb to me. I'm not even going to
                                                 gasoline to arrive at its final destination.       Democrat,”
address the obvious benefits to the
                                                 And don't give me that crap about “no
environment that organic farming carries                                                            “Dear Mr. Collin Peterson, I can tell just by
                                                 studies have shown yada yada” - I don't
over conventional, but I do not mind paying                                                         your hair color that you are lacking copper
                                                 need a lab to tell me what I can plainly see
for that, also. Further, I would not have to                                                        in your diet. That your skin is starting to
                                                 with my own eyes. Finally, organic local
pay more, if the US Government and your                                                             hang due to lack of not drinking enough
                                                 food tastes better and makes me feel better.
committee leveled the playing field for                                                             water. There is so much that you could
                                                 Conventional food is just gross. Though if
organic and conventional farmers. Huge                                                              learn from the Organic Consumers. First of
                                                 you're used to eating crap I doubt you'd
agri-business has dined at the corporate                                                            all taste, not to say anything about the
                                                 notice the difference.” -Arcata, CA
welfare trough for too long, and                                                                    health benefits” -Anchorage, AK
conventionally grown food would cost no          “Congratulations on getting the Organic
                                                                                                    “With the help from you self-serving fed
less than organics, if a proportional share of   Consumers Association award for the
                                                                                                    trough feeders, more interested in filling
food subsidies went to organic farmers. In       dumbest quote of the week. What people
                                                                                                    your own wallet than representing those
fact, I am paying more for the conventional      are seeking is pure food, not heavily
food that I choose not to purchase, I just do                                                       that mistakenly put you in office, we no
                                                 adulterated stuff produced by the large
                                                                                                    longer can trust you to manage healthy
that through my tax dollars. Paying for          agribusinesses.”
                                                                                                    foodstuffs for us unwashed peasants and
something you do not want is dumb, but I
                                                 “How can you not support your local                that's why we're willing to go the proven
do not have a choice in the matter. Better
                                                 farmers and in turn your own neighbors.            healthy way instead of ignoring your
yet, food subsidies as a whole could be
                                                 You must be a Wal-Mart lover too.”                 sellout! Your type should be tarred 'n
reduced and ultimately eliminated, and then
                                                                                                    feathered?” -Loma, MT
taxpayers could decide what food to              “Dear Representative Peterson; Did it ever
purchase with their own money. The               occur to you that if Organic and sustainable       “Collin Peterson, May your god bless your
Organic Consumers Association has given          farming continues to grow and prosper              SORRY ASS soul! you are going to hell,
you its award for the dumbest quote of the       without government intervention, that              unless you help turn earth into hell first.
week. I do not think you are dumb. I think       corporate farming, non-organic farming,            Wake the fuck up! -
you probably did not think your statement        non-sustainable farming, or chemical     “
through before you made it, and you have         intensive farming, call it what you will,          -Santa Monica, CA
not thought through the benefits of organic      should be able to survive without
farming. Some things, like our children and                                                         “Dear Mr. Peterson I find your statement
                                                 government aid and intervention? Eliminate
their future, are worth paying to protect.,”                                                        concerning local and organic farming to be
                                                 subsidies for all types of agriculture so it's a
                                                                                                    naive and uninformed. These systems of
                                                 level playing field and let the consumer
“Mr. Peterson, No, we are not willing to                                                            agriculture are all about sustaining
pay two or three times as much for               choose. And, just say no to NAIS. -No
                                                                                                    agriculture and family farms. I would hope
something that SAYS 'organic' or 'local', we     Hollywood, CA
                                                                                                    you would want to encourage the
are willing to pay two to three times as         “Please read “The Food Revolution” by              consumers to support these systems rather
much for something that IS 'organic' or          Tom Robbins in order to educate yourself in        than characterizing their choice to support
'local'. Your incomprehensible ignorance         this important issue.” St Peter, MN                these systems as “dumb” .”
shows itself painfully clearly in your
statement. You and people that think like        “As a former Minnesotan, I was                     “I find it fascinating that you would be
you are the reason lawmakers again and           dumbfounded that you would say that                unable to understand the many reasons why
again try to water down the FDA Organic          buying organics is “dumb” . It has been            a consumer would wish to support their
Standard (so really you can have                 proven scientifically that organic farming is      local producers over remote producers.
conventional produce that SAYS it is             healthier for our earth than the force fed         Also it is fascinating that you do not
organic but no longer is) NOT                    chemically intensive method that you seem          understand why consumers health concerns
UNDERSTANDING that organic means no              to advocate. So carcinogenic chemically            would lead them to choose organic foods
for their family. Anyway sir,                    environment. -The loss of a large variety of     damaging (among other things) pesticide,
congratulations on dumbest comment of the        species (biodiversity) is one of the most        when there is an organic alternative. Next
week. Best wishes and more pesticides,           pressing environmental concerns. The good        time you watch your children or grand
herbicides, GMOs in your food and energy         news is that many organic farmers and            children enjoying fresh produce, I hope you
waste in transportation to you. And this         gardeners have been collecting and               consider what it is exactly that they are
from a Democrat. I had you pegged as a           preserving seeds, and growing unusual            ingesting and consider perhaps looking into
neocon based on your statements.”                varieties for decades. -USDA reported that       their future with a world filled with
                                                 in 1997, half of U.S. farm production came       horrifying toxins and consider taking a
“No wonder the democrats are floundering.
                                                 from only 2% of farms. Organic agriculture       stand against big business and your wallet.
Are you really that stupid to call me dumb
                                                 can be a lifeline for small farms because it     It would take guts, but you could do it.”
because I don't want to eat poisoned food
                                                 offers an alternative market where sellers
that is raised and or harvested in the most                                                       “It is sad when law makers make a
                                                 can command fair prices for crops. -Now
unhealthy and immoral fashion? Food                                                               comment as ignorant as this. The problem
                                                 every food category has an organic
raised and harvested by huge corporations                                                         must be that there isn't enough BIG money
                                                 alternative. And non-food agricultural
that like you are only interested in the                                                          in it for the representatives of this country.”
                                                 products are being grown organically ?
bottom line? How much did big                                                                     Appleton, WI
                                                 even cotton, which most experts felt could
agribusiness pay you--contribute to your
                                                 not be grown this way. (Reasons to buy           “Mr. Peterson, I am supposedly one of the
campaign fund--to come out and actually
                                                 organic provided by the Organic Trade            dumb ones who is paying a little more for
call your constituents and fellow democrats
                                                 Association.) The point is sir, that I want to   organic and local foods. Yet, the ignorance
dumb!! Man I hope you get elected the heck
                                                 be healthy and have a healthy world for          you are expressing in your interview of
out of office.”
                                                 future generations to enjoy. A good start is     October 17, 2007, towards the entire subject
"Dear Mr. Peterson, This letter is in            consuming organic products. The                  of growing locally and organically is simply
response to your recent comment, “For            government persists on subsidizing farmers       incredible and outrageous. I am deeply
whatever reason, people are willing to pay       that use unhealthy and unsustainable farm        concerned that someone like you, with a
two or three times as much for something         practices (largely due to taking unethical       seemingly high intelligence, can voice
that says 'organic' or 'local'. Far be it from   bribes from large chemical companies).           something like that. It shows so clearly how
me to understand what that's about, but          This is the reason that organic products are     uninformed and ignorant you are! There are
that's reality. And if people are dumb           2-3 times more expensive than the regular,       plenty of good websites to get informed.
enough to pay that much then hallelujah.”        unsustainable products. “Far be it from me”      Why don't you start with the Organic
Whether that comment was out of sheer            to understand why our senators and               Consumer Association. Best regards and
ignorance or being funded by chemical            representatives refuse to listen to the needs    may God bless you while serving the people
companies, here are a few reasons why I          of the people they represent. Please support     of the United States.” -Chantilly, VA
choose to buy organic: -Organic                  organic farming practices, our future and
                                                 our health depend on it!”                        “Write a short paragraph to Collin Peterson
certification is the public‟s assurance that
                                                                                                  here. Mr. Collin Peterson... unfortunately, I
products have been grown and handled
                                                 “If you took the time, I personally, as a        had to remove the “dear” , as, you called me
according to strict procedures without
                                                 Holistic Health Counselor, could give you        “dumb” I will eat only organic products,
persistent toxic chemical inputs. -It‟s
                                                 literally dozens of sound, scientific reasons    because the other products are laden with
common sense well-balanced soils produce
                                                 why organic and local farm products are          Monsanto‟s GMO's and, poisons, and, the
strong, healthy plants that become
                                                 better for you. In a nutshell, they are not      truth is, I can NOT trust the FDA nor, the
nourishing food for people and animals. -
                                                 toxic - which is what virtually all factory-     patent office to look out for me if you don't
Many EPA-approved pesticides were
                                                 farmed meat and produce are.”                    know about that I suggest you visit
registered long before extensive research
                                                                                                  WWW.YOUTUBE.COM AND, WATCH
linked these chemicals to cancer and other       “If you can't figure out the benefits of
                                                                                                  THE SERIES CALLED THE FUTURE OF
diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to      eating food grown without CHEMICALS
                                                                                                  FOOD PART 1 - 4 and, tell me how, a
prevent any more of these chemicals from         then really, who is the dumb one? Please,
                                                                                                  company got patents on seeds etc., these are
getting into the air, earth and water that       since you obviously have no clue about
                                                                                                  the creation of god ??? surely to god; when
sustain us. -The elimination of polluting        agriculture or what should be going in
                                                                                                  these people meet the pearly gates; they will
chemicals and nitrogen leaching, done in         human bodies, remove yourself from the
                                                                                                  descend straight to hell the truth is, the
combination with soil building, protects and     agriculture committee.”
                                                                                                  whole USA is corrupt and, I hope people
conserves water resources. -Soil is the
                                                 “Sir, As indicated in the              buy only from local sources, and, only
foundation of the food chain. The primary
                                                 Financial Times Oct. 17, 2007 publication,       organic and, the other stuff rots on the
focus of organic farming is to use practices
                                                 your ignorance as it relates to organic          shelves unless; it's organic; and ; I know
that build healthy soils. -Organic
                                                 farming is quite alarming. Perhaps you           who made it; I no longer eat that !!! i'd
agricultural respects the balance demanded
                                                 don't mind you and your loved ones eating        rather starve to death because, if I am what
of a healthy ecosystem: wildlife is
                                                 toxic waste at every meal, but there are a       I eat i'd rather eat wholesome things, that
encouraged by including forage crops in
                                                 number of folks out there who do especially      come from wholesome handlers, and, know
rotation and by retaining fence rows,
                                                 when there is an alternative. The fact that      I will go to heaven, instead of eating the
wetlands, and other natural areas. -Organic
                                                 organic foods cost more is the shameful and      cheaper crap, that, will land me in hell I can
farmers have led the way, largely at their
                                                 “dumb” part. Why should consumers have           TRUST my neighbor... but, surely to GOD I
own expense, with innovative on-farm
                                                 to pay more for safe food? For instance,         know I can NOT trust other sources for
research aimed at reducing pesticide use
                                                 why should we be forced to eat strawberries      food in these times the sheep people, will
and minimizing agriculture‟s impact on the
                                                 sprayed with a known neurological                no longer be fleeced by the likes of people
who make comments like yours ... how very           doing damage to the environment and to the       mouth and pretend to know anything about
insulting besides -- JUST SEE WHAT                  health of people. I think it matters if you      anything again.” -Greenfield, WI
THESE DUMB PEOPLE DO A lot of them                  buy organic or not. I think it matters if you
                                                                                                     “Senator Paterson; I am totally
are DARING Uniting Making good sense ...            buy local. Instead of calling us dumb, help
                                                                                                     dumbfounded by the following statement
out of just where the world is heading right        us change the system so that there is equity
                                                                                                     you made recently about supporting
NOW with people like you as leaders, we             in the market. Help us maintain organic
                                                                                                     organically/sustainable farming - “It is
definitely, should NOT choose at this time          standards. Help us diminish water pollution
                                                                                                     growing, and it has nothing to do with the
to follow you or, any of your brilliant             and protect our oceans. Buying organic is
                                                                                                     government, and that is good. For whatever
suggestions that are NOT founded in real            important. If someone told you that
                                                                                                     reason, people are willing to pay two or
truth comments like this insult us maybe,           pesticides are not a problem, you should do
                                                                                                     three times as much for something that says
you will learn something from this outbreak         your homework and ask yourself who told
                                                                                                     'organic' or 'local'. Far be it from me to
of yours, discover the truth, and, come to          you it was safe. I hope you join us dumb
                                                                                                     understand what that's about, but that's
stand on the right side, instead of the wrong       folk and take care of yourself and the
                                                                                                     reality. And if people are dumb enough to
side of serious issues ... before it is truly too   environment by going organic yourself!
                                                                                                     pay that much then hallelujah.”
late for you who is helping the farmers, who        Thank you for listening.” -New York, NY
                                                                                                     Congratulations! You win the Organic
got sued by Monsanto after, they must of
                                                    “Congratulations for getting the Organic         Consumers Association award for the
driven trucks with traps; and; scattered their
                                                    Consumers Association award for the              dumbest quote of the week. I don‟t think I
gmo seeds; so; they fell into their fields you
                                                    dumbest quote of the week”                       can say much more than that for I would not
truly; do NOT know your ass from a hole in
                                                                                                     know where to start. You have so much to
the ground you should for someone who               “Dear Mr. Peterson, There have been no
                                                                                                     learn. -New York, NY
heads up agriculture; be a lot smarter than         long term studies of BGH's effects on
you appear to me America / and, the rest of         humans. Since 1994, every industrialized         “I live in MN and I hope your immediate
the world is getting a lot smarter; than you        country in the world, except for the US, has     constituents vote you out next term. I will
ever expected us to BE ... I hope you get           banned rBGH for use in dairy cattle. This        do all in my power to make sure they hear
pelted with emails, just like mine”                 powerful drug produced by Monsanto and           about your comment. I have never been so
                                                    injected into dairy cows, forces them to         insulted. I choose to buy organic because I
“ People are willing to pay more for organic
                                                    produce 15%-25% more milk. rBGH                  don't want to ingest all the chemicals used
produce because they are SMART- they
                                                    seriously damages their health and               by the factory farms. I resent being force-
don't want to dumbly accept poisons and
                                                    reproductive capacity. A cow's life              fed the chemicals and genetically
hormones from agribusiness. We care
                                                    expectancy on this drug is drastically           engineered crops used in the name of
enough about our bodies and our children's
                                                    shortened. I do not wish to ingest dairy or      making more money.”
bodies to choose better food. That makes us
                                                    meat products from cows injected with this
smarter.” -Denver, CO                                                                                “ House
                                                    hormone!” -Albuquerque, NM
                                                                                                     Agriculture Committee Chair Collin
“Dear Mr. Peterson, Just because you don‟t
                                                    "Dear Collin Peterson: I am sorry to hear        Peterson Washington Office: 2211 Rayburn
understand something doesn‟t mean it has
                                                    that you have such a low opinion of your         House Office Building Washington, D.C.
no validity. Please educate yourself about
                                                    many constituents who buy organic food. I        20515-2307 Sir, you must have some aids
organic and local farming and why your
                                                    have bought organic food for the past 20         who will do a little research for you
constituents and others are buying it as
                                                    years. One of the many reasons is that I         regarding the benefits of eating organic
opposed to other available options before
                                                    have very serious concerns about feeding         foods and shopping as close to home as
you speak. As chairman of the House of
                                                    my children food that is sprayed with            possible. It's not a good time to be
Representatives agricultural committee it is
                                                    pesticides a.k.a. poisons. I'm surprised that    embarrassing democrats with thoughtless
your duty to know everything you can
                                                    you don't.” -Duluth, MN                          and unfounded comments and remarks. By
possibly know about agriculture including
                                                                                                     the way, most consumers know what is
organic and local agriculture. Thank you.” -        “People who have willingly ingested
                                                                                                     organic and what is not, regardless of what
Gallup, NM                                          herbicides and pesticides all their lives
                                                                                                     you may believe, and what the FDA may be
                                                    owing to the fact that they were
“I pay more for organic food because I don't                                                         telling you. Perhaps you could go so far as
                                                    intellectually challenged in the first place
want to eat pesticides and chemical                                                                  to check in with the NOSB every now and
                                                    and were therefore unable to comprehend
fertilizers, eat genetically-modified foods,                                                         then to ensure they are doing the best
                                                    the damage these chemicals caused to their
drink pus-contaminated milk, eat soy                                                                 advisory job possible. Maybe even pay
                                                    already addled brains are a tragedy. Those
protein contaminated with hexane, cook                                                               attention to their advice and share it with
                                                    people being elected to represent sane,
with oils extracted using hexane, eat                                                                your peers. Hard work I know...” -Tacoma,
                                                    conscientious citizens who have more than
animals that are fed antibiotics, growth                                                             WA
                                                    two healthy neurons to rub together - now
hormones, chicken feces, and blood; and eat
                                                    that's DUMB. I was taught to think before I      “The following comment you made is
meat that is contaminated with feces
                                                    opened my mouth. I'm sorry you were              dumb: Collin Peterson, chairman of the
because it was slaughtered in a big factory
                                                    painfully obviously not given that particular    House of Representatives agricultural
slaughterhouse where feces gets sprayed on
                                                    advantage either. Even so, you do have a         committee, says the farm sector that raises
meat due to hasty disemboweling.” -
                                                    job to do, and you are being paid for it.        organic produce and grass-fed beef for local
Socorro, NM
                                                    Whether or not you have any personal sense       consumers needs little federal help. “It is
“I am one of those dumb people who pays             of duty or honour, it would behoove all of       growing, and it has nothing to do with the
more for organic. And I pay more because            us if you were to at least act like it. Please   government, and that is good,” he told the
government continues to subsidize farmers           learn something before you open your             FT. “For whatever reason, people are
willing to pay two or three times as much        not genetically altered and pesticide free,      to speak of while I have no more allergies at
for something that says 'organic' or 'local'.    but that is what our government has created      all. Pesticides contain chemicals that can be
Far be it from me to understand what that's      in this country since they have no concern       very harmful to reproductive health,
about, but that's reality. And if people are     for people's health only what will make          growing children and unborn fetuses. I
dumb enough to pay that much then                them look politically good for supporting        support local and organic foods whenever
hallelujah.” You need to be taking care of       corporate agriculture and the Monsanto‟s of      possible. I have gone to the farms where
these farmers not the BIG business               the world. When your family comes down           most of my food (including meat, eggs and
corporations. Shame on all of you!” -Spring      with cancer caused from pesticides and           milk) are produced. These people are not
Hill, TN                                         meat full of hormones, let me know if you        trying to scam me. They genuinely believe
                                                 are willing to change your eating habits.”       that our modern food system needs to go
“As a lifelong Democrat, I am saddened
                                                                                                  back to simpler ideals. And most of the time
and embarrassed that you have so little          “Dear Representative Collin Peterson: I am
                                                                                                  it is cheaper to buy organic and local
knowledge about the importance of organic        stunned that you find people dumb for
                                                                                                  because there are no shipping costs and
food and the serious health risks of             wanting healthy food that is not tainted with
                                                                                                  everything is in season. Maybe you don't
pesticides, artificial fertilizers and           harmful pesticides, herbicides, and
                                                                                                  really know what organic agriculture is
pharmaceutical drugs in our conventional         antibiotics. Your statement indicates a
                                                                                                  about. It is not a fad or gimmick, it's how
food supply. I urge you to acquaint yourself     complete ignorance of the health and
                                                                                                  people have farmed for thousands of years.
with these issues before you issue another       environmental consequences associated
                                                                                                  We cannot be sure these chemicals we
such uninformed and flippant remark on           with commercial farming. It is exactly
                                                                                                  spray on our food are safe if we have only
this extremely important topic.” -Prospect,      because the American people can't count on
                                                                                                  been using them for one century! Huge
KY                                               their government and legislators like you to
                                                                                                  farms need to use pesticides because of how
                                                 protect them from harm that they are
“Wow, I'm dumb enough. I'm dumb enough                                                            poorly they treat their land and how
                                                 willing to spend more on organic food.”
to take lead poison toys away from my kid                                                         inefficient their techniques are. We need to
too! I'm dumb enough to make sure my kid         “Unbelievable that you cannot see the            give more money to small farmers who sell
eats organic dairy products and no               benefit of eating wholesome food in it's         to local grocery stores and farmers markets.
American beef since I know full well that        natural state (as intended)without the use of    Only then we will see a decline in obesity
Republicans in the U.S. could care less if       hormones, antibiotics, growth additives and      and other food related health issues. I am
my kid gets her period 4 years early from        unsafe fertilizers, etc. Perhaps you are         not dumb.”
hormone infused milk or gets mad cow             lacking the education regarding the safety
                                                                                                  “Hon. Peterson, Clearly you need to be a
disease. You're an abominable disgrace to        of organic and grass fed animals vs.
                                                                                                  little better versed in how the food system
this country. I'm disgusted that someone as      mainstream food. I would encourage you to
                                                                                                  works in the US. Its not just about
dumb as you would be voted into office. It       educate yourself; your life and the lives of
                                                                                                  Monsanto and ADM, who undoubtedly
does take intelligence to figure out the right   your children and grandchildren depend on
                                                                                                  make large contributions to 'dumb'
thing to do most of the time. And maybe the      it.”
                                                                                                  Representatives such as yourselves to help
lack of morality in the Republican Party is
                                                 “Congratulations on the dumbest statement!       keep the status quo, its about sustainable
really an offshoot of profound ignorance.”
                                                 Perhaps a little education is in order for an    agriculture and a lessening of our
“Mr. Peterson, It is time for you to inform      elected official in your capacity. Start with    dependence on foreign oil to raise crops.
yourself on the issues of our food supply.       farming and then do a little work on your        Organic and locally grown do just that.
Organics are our only salvation at this point    palate and vocabulary. I thought we could        Regards,” -Arvada, CO
because our political leaders have done          leave these kind of statements to our erudite
                                                                                                  “Write a short paragraph to Collin Peterson
such a poor job of protecting us and looking     president.” -New Paltz, NY
                                                                                                  here Sir, Do you have a clue as to what
after anything other than their own interests,
                                                 “You certainly are no friend of agriculture,     organic actually means? Obviously not to
especially where their dollars come from.
                                                 but definitely a friend of agri-business,        make a comment as ill-informed as the one
Do yourself a favor and learn the facts.
                                                 based on your recent statement regarding         you made recently.” -Los Angeles, CA
Then you will represent us in a way that can
                                                 local grown and organic products. You
be a positive force for change. Thank you.”                                                       “Being an active Democrat, and concerned
                                                 sound just like an appointee of the Bush
-Bothell, WA                                                                                      about my health and the health of the
                                                 administration.” -Cherry Valley, IL
                                                                                                  country, I was extremely disappointed to
“I'm shocked that the chair of the
                                                 “For whatever reason, people are willing to      hear that you consider organic consumerism
Agriculture Committee doesn't understand
                                                 pay two or three times as much for               a dumb idea. Purchasing and consuming
the benefits of purchasing local and organic
                                                 something that says 'organic' or 'local'. Far    organic and local food is an extremely wise
food, at the very least the benefits to reduce
                                                 be it from me to understand what that's          practice. Organic food is superior in quality
Global Warming. And why does big agri
                                                 about, but that's reality. And if people are     to foods that have been raised with
need more help from the government than
                                                 dumb enough to pay that much then                pesticides and herbicides...and organic food
the small farmer? It's time for a change.”
                                                 hallelujah.” In response the above quotation     tastes better, too. I encourage you to
“I'm one of those dumb people who grow           (by you of course) I just wanted to let you      become informed about the benefits of
and organic garden, as well as purchase          know that I am NOT dumb. I am only 18            organic food, the organic food movement
meat at high prices that are antibiotic free     years old yet I realize how important it is to   and all the positives of buying local,
and hormone free. I also purchase pesticide      buy organic and local food that is not           whenever possible. By the way, I'm a
free organically grown vegetables and fruit      sprayed down with pesticides, herbicides         former Minnesotan, retired and now living
when I can get it. Yes, it is obscene to have    and insecticides. My father, after making        in Bayfield, Wisconsin. We are organic
to pay a higher price for healthy food that is   the switch to organics, has no more asthma       food consumers and support the
sustainability movement here in northern        “I am shocked by your transparent backing        flap your gums, so next time you don't
Wisconsin.” -Bayfield, WI                       of the damaging practice of factory farming,     sound like a complete idiot.” -Cambridge
                                                and your complete ignorance of the               NY
“There are too many hidden costs in
                                                importance of saving if nothing else, the oil
conventional produce and meats for me to                                                         “Collin Peterson, You obviously do not
                                                that it takes to ship the food around the
fit in one message, that I know you won't                                                        know what buying local means. Since you
                                                country -Mendocino, California”
read. Food has gotten cheaper and cheaper,                                                       are the chairman of the House of
at great expense to our health, our             “What's dumb is subsidizing farmers whose        Representatives agricultural committee I
environment, our farmers. Shame on you.” -      only concern is profit- they'll take care of     think its about time you educate yourself on
Olympia, WA                                     themselves. We should be helping farmers         these issues before you win more dumbest
                                                who use sustainable methods that don't           quotes of the week” -Scottsdale, AZ
“How dumb is it to not care about what
                                                harm the environment so that their prices
goes into the food you eat? Seems like you                                                       “Mr. Peterson, Obviously you have little
                                                could be more competitive. Your selfish
support only one part of the constituency                                                        regard for the quality of food your family
                                                need for bigger donations from bigger
you represent. Bravo, sir, bravo.”                                                               eats. With the poor nutritional quality of our
                                                businesses impairs your ability to see that
                                                                                                 foods it is little wonder that we are one of
“Pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics,           encouraging smaller farms catering to a
                                                                                                 the unhealthiest nations on earth. How can a
hormones...these are not things I want to       variety of tastes is better than subsidizing
                                                                                                 chairman of an agricultural committee be so
ingest. Organic farming is something you        huge agribusiness companies cranking out
                                                                                                 ill informed? There is a reason why chronic
need to do some research on so that you can     products designed for producability rather
                                                                                                 diseases are showing up at younger and
make statements that reflect your               than wholesomeness.” -Woodland Hills,
                                                                                                 younger ages in Americans. Do some
intelligence rather than your ignorance.”       CA
                                                                                                 homework, open you eyes and help protect
“Collin, Thank you for instructing me and       “Rep. Peterson, You are supposed to be           Americans.” -Fairfield, IA
other people that care about localizing the     representing the agricultural community,
                                                                                                 “While you people in Congress slept the
food chain and eating synthetic chemical        which includes organic farmers. I suggest
                                                                                                 USDA, FDA, EPA were allowed to become
free and GMO free foods on the virtues of       you become more educated about both
                                                                                                 nothing more than revolving doors for big
intelligence. You can be sure that come         organic farming and buying locally. For
                                                                                                 business as they passed whatever suited
election time I will be doing all I can to      instance, the nutritional quality of organic
                                                                                                 them without any regard to safety. Our food
elect people in your place that are “dumb”      food far exceeds the conventional
                                                                                                 system is fouled along with our air and
like me- those who care about sustainable       counterparts. Buying locally means a
                                                                                                 water. Wake up and quit making
farming practices, who worry and not just       fresher product, less petrochemicals used
                                                                                                 uninformed comments, if you did your
pay lip service to the problem of pollution     and people connecting with people. Please
                                                                                                 research you would be looking to our
that results from industrial scale farming,     make an effort to educate yourself and your
                                                                                                 organic farmers to save us as they are our
who keep in mind the importance of animal       staff. An excellent resource would be
                                                                                                 only hope. So much of what‟s grown here is
welfare and its lack in factory scaled          Acres, USA magazine.”
                                                                                                 tainted and as more people find out they
farming practices, who consider subsidizing
                                                “Dear Representative Peterson: I find it         also switch to organic.” -Leasburg, NC
large agro-businesses like Monsanto
                                                irresponsible of you to have decided, it
equivalent irrational and who support small                                                      “What an unbelievably thoughtless remark.
                                                seems, to be ignorant of the value of
farmers and their families in providing us                                                       You probably would also consider reading a
                                                organic farming and of consumers' motives
with safe and nutritious food supplies. The                                                      book a waste of time when you could just
                                                for buying organic food. Please use your
irony is of course is that it is the “dumb”                                                      rent the DVD.”
                                                power with discretion and don't work to
like me that are working to make this a
                                                commit the House Agriculture Committee           “Those “dumb” organic consumers may
better world for everyone including your
                                                to the same shortsighted position. There is      actually save some money from less doctor
own kids. The world is changing Mr.
                                                much reading you could do that might             bills. Today's factory food has cost me a
Peterson, and you do not serve the public
                                                change your mind about the organic               few thousand dollars extra in doctor bills.” -
interest with statements that clearly reveal
                                                movement, but it would probably be best          Voss, TX
your ignorance on the issue that you are
                                                for you simply to talk to some of the
supposed to be championing- the                                                                  “I personally don‟t like being called dumb,
                                                organic farmers in your district. I found that
sustainability of a nutritious food                                                              but considering the source, I feel no anger
                                                the Minnesota Department of Agriculture
production in a world of ever increasing                                                         or hurt feelings. Just remember, you work
                                                keeps a list of registered organic farms,
energy prices and disease prone industrial                                                       for the people, not your own agenda.
                                                arranged by county:
mass farming processes. I strongly believe
                                             Signed: Dumb according to CP.” -St
that a heartfelt apology is in order, not to                                                     Augustine, FL
                                                rectory.htm -Chicago, IL
me but to the real heroes who work every
                                                                                                 “Mr. Peterson, I think it's time to keep
day to provide thousands of families with       “Sir - I think those who pay any amount for
                                                                                                 derogatory comments out of politics. How
locally grown, nutritious and healthy food. I   mass produced, factory farmed products are
                                                                                                 can you call me dumb when I have
recommend at a minimum considering other        dumb, as is your attitude toward
                                                                                                 researched how pesticides, hormones and
perspectives and learning some tolerance. -     sustainable, natural farming practices. You
Falls Church, VA                                ought to be ashamed of yourself, but thanks      artificial flavors and colors affect our
                                                for confirming our opinion that most people      bodies and those of our children? Am I
“That certainly shows your stupidity. Hope                                                       dumb because I refuse to believe that
                                                in government are dumb.”
you are not in charge of your children‟s                                                         whatever is on the shelf at the grocery store
diet.”                                          “Collin Peterson, Shame on you. I suggest        is edible? Or maybe I am dumb because I
                                                you do some serious research before you
refuse to believe that my government is          yourself and vote to support such quality        concerns me that you are partially
looking out for my health. Maybe I am            food products.”                                  responsible for protecting the health of our
dumb because I'm not like the rest of the                                                         nation and I would hope that you could find
                                                 “Collin - as a former Minnesotan and a
sheep who flock to all the fast food                                                              the motivation to use part of your tax-
                                                 democrat, I'm shocked at the ignorance and
restaurants getting fatter and putting more                                                       supported salary to educate yourself about
                                                 offensiveness of your comment to the FT
of a strain on our ridiculous health care                                                         where real food comes from. Thank You”
                                                 insulting the intelligence of those who care
system. You can think what you want (I
                                                 to support farming families and our planet       “To Collin Peterson here. Obviously, you
would never vote for you) but I know that I
                                                 by insisting on organic food. I hope you can     see no correlation between rising cancer
am more informed and healthier - as are my
                                                 educate yourself on this important topic”        rates over the last 50 years and the rising
children - than most other Americans.” -
                                                 Durham, NC                                       amounts of chemicals, including antibiotics,
Spokane, WA
                                                                                                  in store bought food -- coming more and
                                                 “Do you drive the smallest, cheapest car
“Dear Congressman Peterson: You might                                                             more from huge, “factory” farms. I guess
                                                 available? I'd bet that your personal
want to do some research into why people                                                          it's time for some of us “little people” to run
                                                 automobile was chosen, at least balancing
are willing to purchase local &/or organic                                                        for Congress. We sure couldn't muck it up
                                                 such things as comfort, safety, and perhaps
food which might cost slightly more than                                                          much more than you and your money-
                                                 even with some long-term concerns such as
corporate food(not 2 or 3 times). More and                                                        worshiping cohorts have.”
                                                 fuel economy or emissions. In short, a
more of us do not trust the corporate food
                                                 decision based not just on cost, but on          “Dear Congressman Peterson, Have some
system to provide us safe and nutritious
                                                 quality. Organic consumers are doing the         respect for the family farm that finds a way
food. We also see the global food system as
                                                 same thing, with an understanding that the       to stay in business without becoming
unsustainable and in fact harmful. Please
                                                 most efficient industrial agriculture            beholden to the banks of big agriculture. Do
get in touch with a local food system in
                                                 homogenizes and lowers the quality of its        you know how much it costs to run a small
your area and seek their advice. Or you can
                                                 final product. The cost may be                   family business, bring the product to market
click on and begin
                                                 disproportionate, but like with a quality car,   and try to profit enough each year to be able
your research there. Thank you.” -
                                                 with fewer repairs and less gas consumption      to afford health care costs, basic needs, and
Greenfield, MA
                                                 over its lifetime, it's worth the premium.”      save for the future? Of course a farmer not
“Yes, I'm dumb enough to pay a premium                                                            receiving subsidies must charge a price that
                                                 “Dear Representative Peterson: Did you
for excellent quality from small farmers                                                          affords this. Big agriculture benefits from
                                                 really say that paying extra for locally or
who a) Pay their workers a living wage b)                                                         the majority of federal support and provides
                                                 organically-grown produce is dumb? And
farm in a manner that encourages                                                                  our nation with the least nutritional options.
                                                 you the Chair of the House Agriculture
biodiversity and does not generate                                                                Ingest all of the pesticides you would like
                                                 Committee? Oh, Mr. Congressman, those
greenhouse gases c) Produce foods that                                                            from afar. Our local farmer deserves my
                                                 words will come back to haunt you in years
actually taste better d) produce foods that,                                                      purchase at a fair price and until organic
                                                 to come. Please educate yourself
based on recent studies, provide higher                                                           farming is the majority, I expect the cost to
                                                 SOONEST to avoid even more future
levels of beneficial nutrients than                                                               remain constant. The bigger price of
                                                 embarrassment. Meanwhile, please make
industrially produced foods e) do not                                                             cheaper food is the harm that it does...or
                                                 sure that foodstuffs don't just “say” local or
demand transporting large quantities of                                                           haven't you read the press regarding
                                                 organic but that they really are. The lives of
grain long distances, thus reducing green                                                         imported foods and their questionable
                                                 an increasing number of your constituents
house gas emissions. I had hoped that a                                                           ingredients?” Boise, ID
                                                 who may not be as healthy and resistant as
Democratic majority might actually pass a
                                                 the rest of us, could depend on the truth of     “When I was awarded a Ph.D. in physical
good Farm bill. I guess I no longer need to
                                                 those labels. Certainly the health of your       chemistry in 1984, it wasn't for being dumb.
make contributions to the Democratic party,
                                                 whole constituency benefits from locally         I pay a huge grocery bill penalty to acquire
and can start voting as an independent.” San
                                                 and/or organically grown food.” Pittsburgh,      organic foods for my family because I've
Francisco, CA
                                                 PA                                               done my research and know this is a better
“Your ignorance about something as                                                                option. I choose to vote with my dollars for
                                                 “Dear Mr. Peterson: Please read the book
important for the future of healthy people                                                        healthier food and a healthier planet for
                                                 The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael
and healthy economies is frightening. How                                                         myself and my family. Perhaps you should
                                                 Pollan. This is simple, unbiased,
does someone this dumb get                                                           educate yourself on the benefits, rather than
                                                 investigative journalism, and I believe even
boggles the mind.” Gualala, CA                                                                    just assuming that those who make choices
                                                 you may be surprised at what you find out.
                                                                                                  different from yours are ignorant. You
“Mr. Peterson, It's obvious why organic          Thank you”
                                                                                                  might find the shoe on the other foot.”
consumers pay more for their products. The
                                                 “Aloha Collin Peterson I've been called a        Austin, TX
U.S. government is subsidizing big agri-
                                                 lot of things but never dumb. Organic
business to produce their sub-standard food.                                                      “I read your quote referring to people being
                                                 farming is not just a “term” - it goes back to
I consider the fact that these people are                                                         dumb to pay 2 to 3 times as much for
                                                 respect for the soil which you may or may
willing to pay more for good food as an                                                           organic or local foods. Get your head out of
                                                 not know contains the minerals that we later
indication of their intelligence and their                                                        the sand. Our corporate factory farms
                                                 ingest through our foods. Do you suppose
desire to eat only healthy food, so that their                                                    produce chemically laden and genetically
                                                 there's a correlation between the increase in
families grow up healthy, not part of the                                                         engineered food, that fortunately, many
                                                 “sicknesses” in the world to the lack of
health crisis in our nation. It's too bad that                                                    people are SMART enough to know better
                                                 healthy minerals in the soil? Your remarks
you do not see such an obvious fact for                                                           than to consume. We pay more for organics
                                                 reflect a definite lack of education
                                                                                                  because our legislature is so blinded by
                                                 regarding organic farming practices. It
corporate interests that subsidies to organic   Behind” which would include provisions           faction of Congress that would prefer to
farms & sustainable agriculture is a joke. It   for dumb shits like you.”                        help large agricultural concerns exploit the
is more expensive because companies like                                                         organic movement, rather than honestly
                                                “Collin Peterson, chairman of the House of
Monsanto have our representatives in their                                                       promoting its benefits of sustainability,
                                                Representatives agricultural committee,
pockets. Science has proven the benefits of                                                      minimal impact on the environment, greatly
                                                says the farm sector that raises organic
organic foods and the detriment of                                                               reduced and provable health benefits for
                                                produce and grass-fed beef for local
chemically laden factory farm produced                                                           farm workers, and healthier products for
                                                consumers needs little federal help. “It is
foods. You are the one demonstrating how                                                         consumers. Based on your comments I
                                                growing, and it has nothing to do with the
“dumb” you are. It's about time you took                                                         would urge you to familiarize yourself with
                                                government, and that is good,” he told the
time to read and learn about what is really                                                      the benefits of organic agriculture. I will
                                                FT. “For whatever reason, people are
going on with this planet, our food supply,                                                      encourage Congressional leadership to
                                                willing to pay two or three times as much
our water supply and start getting “smart”                                                       nominate more informed representatives to
                                                for something that says 'organic' or 'local'.
about supporting the right campaigns!”                                                           the chairs of the Agricultural and related
                                                Far be it from me to understand what that's
                                                                                                 committees.” San Francisco, CA
“Dear Representative Peterson, There are        about, but that's reality. And if people are
many of us here in this country (and I'm        dumb enough to pay that much then                “Dear Sir, Thanks for your recent comment
sure you don't know us because we are the       hallelujah.” Send a message to Collin            calling people who buy organic “dumb” .
poor children of the diminishing middle         Peterson (Democrat, MN) congratulating           Maybe some day, you will be as “dumb” as
class) who would buy ONLY organic food-         him for getting the Organic Consumers            we are.........of course, I don't see that day
-if we could afford it! You might want to       Association award for the dumbest quote of       coming unless we line your pockets, which
sign up for an on-line biology class and        the week:” Yes this is the dumbest quote         we won't.” Summer Shade, KY
perhaps a physiology class as well so that      HALLELUJAH!! People are paying for
                                                                                                 “We have been growing all our vegetables
you may better understand the delicacy of       much better food than non organic that‟s
                                                                                                 organically since the early 70's and firmly
the symbiosis between ecosystems on this        why people pay!!! IT should the message
                                                                                                 believe that organically grown foods are far
planet and the way in which toxic chemicals     that people are so tired of poisons and
                                                                                                 superior. Chemicals have been proven to
in food are causing a huge cancer epidemic      crappy veggies are no long acceptable!!!
                                                                                                 cause cancers and other genetic defects in
in America. Then perhaps you will               All food industries need to change and get
                                                                                                 addition to the damage they do to our
understand not just how important the           the chemicals, food additives, and
                                                                                                 environment. I personally think we are the
organic food industry is, but how               pesticides out! My daughter is allergic to
                                                                                                 smart ones!”
ESSENTIAL to the survival of this planet        food that has many additives including corn
and the health of human beings it is. Thank     syrup!!! So organic offers the only food my      “Dear Mr. Peterson: So fitting that you
you for your consideration.“                    child can actually eat!!!!!!!!!” Midway, GA      should receive this award for the DUMB
                                                                                                 comment you made. I guess you must be in
“I am very disappointed to hear that you        “Far be it from me to understand what that's
                                                                                                 some bodies back pocket to think that
would said “It is growing, and it has           about?” Are you kidding? Buying local and
                                                                                                 chemicals are good for you and your
nothing to do with the government, and that     organic allows people to buy food that is
                                                                                        glad I do not live in Minnesota.
is good,” . I am registered as a democrat       not covered in poisonous pesticides and that
                                                                                                 Unfortunately for the people of that state
voter and I hope that you would learn more      has not traveled for 1000's of miles. This
                                                                                                 you do.” Ottawa, IL
about Organic farming to help our country.      lowers pollution levels and ensures riper,
Learn from Al Gore and serve this country       more healthy food. Perhaps you should do         “Dear Mr. Peterson, If you knew WHY
in a better way, please.” Phoenix, AZ           some research of your own before you stick       “dumb” consumers such as myself pay
                                                your foot in your mouth.”                        more for local and organic food, you would
“It was really asinine of you to say that
                                                                                                 realize that we're actually the most
people are dumb because they pay extra for      “Get a clue! People are willing to pay for
                                                                                                 informed of them all. People who buy
local or organic food. The truth is that most   long term health and integrity of
                                                                                                 cheap food that is not only laden with
people are ignorant and don't realize or        environment. The point is caring about
                                                                                                 hormones and pesticides but is trucked
don't care that buying conventionally           things beyond the all mighty dollar. It's
                                                                                                 many miles to market TRULY are the
produced food is what will cost this country    about life and honesty! Hopefully we can
                                                                                                 DUMB ones! They are poisoning their own
and it's people in the future, and to some      all learn from that.”
                                                                                                 bodies and the environment at the same
extent in the present, in the form of
                                                “Your recent public statement on “dumb”          time. Tell me, what's smart about that?”
environmental and health damages. Paying
                                                organic food purchasers is troubling. First
extra for organic or local food is more than                                                     “If you are dumb enough to pay more for a
                                                of all, I am willing to pay more for “reliably
just a label or a fad. It's about leading a                                                      quality car instead of a Pinto, then
                                                certified” organic products, not for those
healthier life and giving the body what it                                                       hallelujah! And speaking of paying more,
                                                merely marked as organic through
needs. It's about support for people who                                                         what about the billions of dollars of
                                                inadequate certification procedures.
practice sustainability and care about more                                                      taxpayer subsidies for chemical and energy
                                                Unfortunately, Congress and the USDA
then their wallets.” Zionsville, PA                                                              intensive crops, factory farms, and junk
                                                have not seen fit to require a reliable
                                                                                                 food purveyors that the Senate is prepared
“Yes, Mr. Peterson “far be it from you to       standard, forcing me to rely on state and
                                                                                                 to give away in the new Farm Bill? Shame
understand” who could possible expect the       local certifiers with an established
                                                                                                 on you!” Venice, CA
Chairman of the Agricultural Committee to       reputation and commitment to quality over
understand something about agriculture.         profits. The public is ill-served by this de     “Congratulations on receiving the Organic
Perhaps someone will put forward a bill         facto deception over food quality. Secondly,     Consumers Association award for the
which could be titled “No nit-wit Left          your comments indicate that you are in that
dumbest quote of the week. Your                 “Sir, This “dumb” organic consumer puts          mind. God be with you, you certainly aren't
constituents must feel very proud.”             his money where his mouth is. My food            doing yourself any good. -Santa Cruz, CA
                                                choices support my local economy first
Georgetown, KY”                                                         “I find it hard to believe that you don't well
                                                instead of corporate companies who happily
House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin                                                         understand the difference between
                                                put profits before nutrition or flavor. I know
Peterson Washington Office: 2211 Rayburn                                                         commercially grow foods and those grown
                                                for a fact that my food money helps to
House Office Building Washington, D.C.                                                           organically. You should do some reading
                                                support local families, local business
Phone: Fax: You show your own ignorance                                                          and become more aware of this issue. The
                                                growth and the employees they pay to help
here. The reason people are willing to pay                                                       benefits of organically grown foods are
                                                produce my food. My kids know how a cow
more for local and organic is because                                                            extensive and include better nutritional
                                                is raised and slaughtered and they
fresher and organic taste better and are                                                         value and healthier ecosystems.” -Boulder,
                                                understand the value of water and soil in
more nutritious. If factory farms were not                                                       CO
                                                growing plants for food. Why am I “dumb”
subsidized organic producers would be able
                                                for consciously nourishing my family and         “Organic consumers are growing in
to compete, taxes would be lower,
                                                supporting my local economy? P.S. Part of        number, so to dismiss such a large segment
Americans would be healthier. How can
                                                being a conscious consumer is that I vote.”      of society as dumb clearly calls into
you argue with that?”
                                                Grand Junction, CO                               question your own brain performance.
“Dear Collin Peterson: What I don't                                                              Perhaps you're lacking a nutritious diet that
                                                "Dear Mr. Peterson, Congratulations on
understand is how your constituents could                                                        is free of contaminants? You're obviously
                                                getting the Organic Consumers Association
have elected someone who is so loudly and                                                        uninformed as to the superior benefits of
                                                award for the dumbest quote of the week.
unapologetically ignorant. Since you ask,                                                        Organic foods to human health and the
                                                What were you thinking? Do you know
the reason I pay more for food that is                                                           environment. Although, you're probably
                                                WHY people are willing to pay more for
healthy, not picked by slaves, and not                                                           just a shill for the corporate agribusiness
                                                locally-grown, organic food? Because they
damaging to the earth is because I have a                                                        multinationals who pay for your campaigns
                                                care about their health and the health of the
three year old daughter. I hope that she is                                                      and make your decisions for you. Of course
                                                environment and smart enough to realize
able to grow up whole and that she has a                                                         you don't have to worry though, they still
                                                that they deserve to be able to offer
world to grow up in. This is love. I hope for                                                    might have a job waiting for you when the
                                                themselves food grown without poisons,
this in spite of the fact that our government                                                    people get it together, vote you out, and
                                                WHILE supporting their local community.
is staffed with so many hateful greed-                                                           elect a more representative democracy.
                                                DUH. While government and corporations
mongering jerks who apparently want to                                                           Peace”
                                                (also known as the new government) are
dismantle our collective future for that
                                                busy trying to gain power and money,             “Mr. Peterson, Are you kidding me?
proverbial 30 pieces of silver. As near as I
                                                people are waking up to what is best for         Buying locally-produced, organic food is
can tell from your quotation in the Financial
                                                them and their local communities. Go             one of the best ways to ensure that I and my
Times, you think that the reason that the
                                                figure.” Chapel Hill, NC                         family are eating truly healthy, nutritious
organic farm sector doesn't need a handout
                                                                                                 food of a “dependable quality.” Surely the
is that consumers are stupid? You want          “Honorable Congressman Peterson, With
                                                                                                 e-coli spinach outbreak, mad cow concerns,
dumb? Look at conventional agriculture. Or      Federal subsidies going to our nation's non-
                                                                                                 toxic pet food, and many other recent food
in the mirror.” Morris, NY                      organic farmers that are energy intensive
                                                                                                 safety nightmares demonstrate that
                                                and use polluting pesticides, I am amazed
“Actually Collin, the epidemic number of                                                         conscientious consumers must know and
                                                that a person of power, such as yourself,
deaths due to cancer each year are probably                                                      trust source of their food now more than
                                                does not see the value proposition for
due in large part to the pesticides, growth                                                      ever before--or risk their health with blind
                                                organic farming and why people will pay
hormones, antibiotics etc. that are in the                                                       trust of corporate food producers. In
                                                more. Your comments about organic
standard foods which government groups                                                           addition, buying locally is one of the best
                                                consumers are foolish, disappointing and ill
seem unable to comprehend. Also, the fact                                                        ways to cut down on extra costs, pollution,
                                                considered. I suggest that you take the time
that 100 years ago the incident of cancer,                                                       and waste associated with trucking and
                                                to understand that many organic consumers
heart disease etc. was very small compared                                                       flying food products around the country and
                                                do not feel that farming practices are
to these statistics today should, I would                                                        world. Local, organic consumers should be
                                                sustainable. There is strong science behind
hope, make someone like yourself want to                                                         cheered and organic farmers ought to be
                                                this. I understand that “the science” is not
determine if the food supply is the cause of                                                     supported in every possible way, including
                                                fully agreed upon. However, corporate
these and other (i.e. auto-immune diseases)                                                      in government subsidies, for they are living
                                                scientists that represent conventional
diseases. All you have to do is look at what                                                     in a way that promotes sustainability,
                                                farming practices cannot be considered
health problems you are currently                                                                health, and integrity rather than
                                                fully objective either. You should also
experiencing. I hope you would be                                                                contamination, illness, and environmental
                                                understand that your comments about
interested understanding this issue in                                                           degradation.” Austin, TX
                                                organic consumers are insulting and are not
greater detail than what your comments
                                                appreciated. Even more they show your            “If we had decent food labeling in this
currently indicate” Calgary, AB
                                                lack of sensitivity and lack of open-            country, and those in charge to protect the
“I am proudly one of those “dumb” people        mindedness” -Clackamas, OR                       public would not be executives of
willing to pay more for peace of mind                                                            Monsanto writing the farm bill, we would
                                                “That was a truly ignorant statement.
concerning the health of my family and our                                                       not have to buy organic and pay more to
                                                However, being a nutritional biochemist, I
world. Please educate yourself on the                                                            stay clear from all the genetically
                                                understand how a malnourished brain
benefits of organic produce.” Enfield, NH                                                        engineered food products that are forced
                                                dysfunctions. I am sure you suffer from
                                                                                                 down our throats. So yes, paying more is
                                                your ignorance in health and presence of
dumb, I would even call it stupid - but not     My decision to purchase organic or locally       “I pay more so that my children will
on the part of the consumer, but instead        grown food servers two purposes one for          hopefully not get cancer from the fruits and
those responsible at the FDA, USDA, and         my health and a second for the sake of           vegetables that are basically laden with
any other government agency putting             reducing pollution. It is the tone that paying   pesticides as well as the growth hormones
corporate gain before public health.”           for fertilized and pesticide laden food cost     and antibiotics that come from non-organic
                                                less is not accurate. The food general is        dairy. My family is worth the little bit of
“Dear Mr. Peterson, As chairman of the ag
                                                grow on mega farms that then have to ship        extra money spent to keep us healthier.”
committee, you should take the time to
                                                the products over long distances to get on       Hatfield, PA
understand the benefits of organic, local
                                                the consumers plate. A lot of pesticides and
produce. In brief, it is healthier to eat and                                                    “Dear Collin Peterson: Congratulations for
                                                fertilizer are utilized to grow the food in
better for the planet. For more information,                                                     getting the Organic Consumers Association
                                                large quantities that also adds to the
start with a book like “The Omnivore's                                                           award for the dumbest quote of the week:
                                                pollution of our environment. Finally all the
Dilemma” and go from there. You could                                                            Health and safety of our food is of the
                                                mass produced food is subsidized by the
also attend an organic farming association                                                       upmost importance. How ever we do that
                                                consumers tax dollar. The all in cost of
conference and talk to some folks about it. I                                                    should be supported. For the well being of
                                                mass produced food cost is a much later
think it's important for everyone, but                                                           our babies and older people. Please be more
                                                burned on consumer than organic and
especially the chairman of the ag                                                                conscious when you speak. You have a
                                                locally grown food. I hope you find time in
committee, to understand these issues rather                                                     voice that a lot listen to. Thank you for your
                                                your busy schedule to educate yourself
than dismissing them as dumb. Thank you.”                                                        consideration.”
                                                about a topic before make a public
Concord, MA
                                                statement that is inaccurate and will alienate   “Representative Peterson, I was dismayed
“Sir, I personally think that you should        your voting community.”                          to read your comment that the organic
resign for making a stupid statement like                                                        produce and grass-fed beef sector does not
                                                “Dear Mr. Peterson, Re: Organic Food
that........What planet are you living on? 1)                                                    need governmental assistance, and your
                                                Needs Your Support Having grown up a
Local produce that has been picked a day or                                                      comment that people who buy these
                                                fruit farmer in Wisconsin, and now living in
two before it gets to your table instead of                                                      products are ?dumb?. In case you really are
                                                New York City and looking for healthy
last week or last month, or several months                                                       so uninformed, here are some of our
                                                foods, I was dismayed by your comment
ago ALWAYS tastes better & has many                                                              reasons for buying organic & local: To
                                                dismissing organic food and its buyers. My
more nutrients. 2) Conventional produce                                                          avoid carcinogenic pesticides in our food.
                                                parents and many orchard owners in our
purchased at the grocery store travels an                                                        To avoid the antibiotics that cattle are
                                                county (Door) died young, perhaps due to
average of 1500 to 2000 miles before it gets                                                     treated with, which are contributing to the
                                                the use of dangerous pesticides and
to your table.....HAVE YOU EVER                                                                  ?super bugs? that are such a problem now.
                                                fertilizers. I remember my parents coming
HEARD OF GLOBAL WARMING? 3) I                                                                    To support an industry that keeps toxic
                                                in after working in the orchards, red and
don't know about you, but I never have                                                           chemicals off the land and out of the water.
                                                swollen from the residue of the harsh
liked the idea of consuming pesticides,                                                          Higher nutrient content. To support our
                                                chemical sprays. The environment,
herbicides, synthetic fertilizers & now we                                                       neighbors & small businesses. Buying
                                                increasingly more delicate, demands
have to worry about genetically modified                                                         locally saves energy. Local produce is
                                                rethinking of the use of chemicals. This is
foods. The American people are not as                                                            fresher & tastes better. For the health of our
                                                scientifically shown. Supporting organics
dumb as you think we are, and I think we                                                         nation, it is imperative to support these
                                                supports the future of our country and the
have your number....who's pocket are you                                                         industries. If more people ate local, organic
                                                earth, and your reputation will be positive
in?” -Peoria, AZ                                                                                 produce, grass-fed beef and free-range eggs
                                                and up-to-date when you decide to support
                                                                                                 & poultry, health care costs would be
“Organic consumers are growing in               organics. Thanks for your time.” New York,
                                                                                                 reduced, energy consumption from
number, so to dismiss such a large segment      NY
                                                                                                 transporting food long distances would be
of society as dumb clearly calls into
                                                “I am not dumb. But I find the democratic        reduced, pollution would be reduced and
question your own brain performance.
                                                process to be irrelevant for change. I           the environment would be better cared for. I
Perhaps you're lacking a nutritious diet that
                                                therefore vote with my dollar and support        implore you to please educate yourself on
is free of contaminants? You're obviously
                                                sustainable agriculture. It's about time         these issues. Every person has a duty to
uninformed as to the superior benefits of
                                                farmers were paid what they were worth.”         know what they are putting in their bodies
Organic foods to human health and the
                                                Noti, OR                                         and what they are supporting with their
environment. Although, you're probably
                                                                                                 dollars. Our leaders in government are no
just a shill for the corporate agribusiness     “For whatever reason, people are willing to
                                                                                                 exception. Albuquerque, NM”
multinationals who pay for your campaigns       pay two or three times as much for
and make your decisions for you. Of course      something that says 'organic' or 'local'. Far    “Representative Peterson, The reason that
you don't have to worry though, they still      be it from me to understand what that's          us consumers of organic and local goods are
might have a job waiting for you when the       about, but that's reality. And if people are     willing to pay more for them is because the
people get it together, vote you out, and       dumb enough to pay that much then                food is of a much higher quality. It is also
elect a more representative democracy.          hallelujah.” Oh, give me a break. Are you        much more nutritious as has been shown in
Peace” Seattle, WA                              flatly in the pocket of big-business             study after study. You should try it, I know
                                                agribusiness or simply ignorant? Wake-up         you would like it!”
“Collin I am shocked and dumbfounded by
                                                or move over. You're in the way of our
your choice of words in describing people                                                        “YOU are the dumbest man I've heard open
                                                country's health in more ways than one.”
that care for humanity by purchasing                                                             his mouth exposing your ignorance about
                                                Columbia, SC
products that are organic or locally grown.                                                      people being so DESPERATE to find clean,
healthy, non-poisoned, non-injected food          huge conglomerate farms to produce                 Knowing that would make me feel better
that they are forced to pay the price             genetically modified and/or unhealthy              about you.” Manchester, CT
increases and outrageous costs to get it --       agricultural products or to keep them off the
                                                                                                     “Dear Mr. Peterson, I think your comments
that I KNOW I'll be seeing you one day in a       market, my share of federal monies should
                                                                                                     about people who buy organic as being
cancer clinic wondering WHY and HOW               be going to support these local/organic
                                                                                                     dumb are very alarming. I'll have you know
you got it! What we need is to spend our          farmers. For it is good, safe, wholesome
                                                                                                     that by buying local I am helping to keep
agricultural money on more organic                food that is going to keep our populace
                                                                                                     people in my community employed and
farming needs, stop subsidizing people for        healthy, and keep them then from relying
                                                                                                     able to make a living and not receive
not growing anything or paying them to            on national health care programs because
                                                                                                     handouts from the taxpayers. As for
grow for other countries who owe us               they are obese, have heart disease, and other
                                                                                                     spending two to three times more for
nothing more than decades of back cash.           maladies caused by improper nutrition. You
                                                                                                     organic, why is that? Could it be because
Health is an issue, who cares if terrorists are   ARE what you eat. IMHO, you should eat
                                                                                                     the “government” has so many regulations
threatening us, we have to be ALIVE to            some humble pie, apologize to hard
                                                                                                     and expensive certification rules to become
CARE! Please stop being a person                  working local and organic farmers, and
                                                                                                     certified organic. The only reason big
BOUGHT by chemical and pharmaceutical             inform yourself of the value of organic and
                                                                                                     corporations get all the money is because
companies.”                                       local foods to our national economy, and
                                                                                                     everyone in Washington is bought and paid
                                                  our nation's health. Have an apple -- an
“Dear Rep. Peterson, Congratulations on                                                              for. If that weren't the case more of my tax
                                                  organic one -- and taste the difference!
receiving the Organic Consumers                                                                      dollars would be going to organic
                                                  Waterford, CT
Association Award for the Dumbest Quote                                                              agriculture and the small farms that want to
of the Week! As a good public servant, you        “Dumb” is ignoring the health and                  be organic. If more Americans would eat a
really should educate yourself more about         nutritional benefits of organic food. Studies      healthy organic diet and start exercising
the benefits of organic and local food not        show a 40% increase in nutrients and               there would not be an obesity problem in
only to human health but also to the              antioxidants in organic foods. Smart would         this country. So in the future please keep
environment. Do your homework, and you            be supporting organic and family farmers           your comments to yourself. Maybe you
will start getting noticed for your               rather than the agribusinesses that are            should look into organics you might learn
intelligence and foresight, not your              poisoning us and our environment.”                 something.” Cookeville, TN
ignorance!” Berkeley, CA
                                                  “Way to go, Collin. You just proved my             “Shame on you. I'm not dumb, I'm spending
“Dear Mr. Peterson, We are not sustainable        original estimate of your IQ when I moved          my money to create a better world for my
as a world society. We have less then 40          onto this farm 15 years ago....was right.”         children.”
years to live unless we make major                Albany, MN
                                                                                                     “Dear Mr. Peterson: What is ignorant,
changes. The number of people knowing
                                                  “Obviously, you don't get it Mr. Peterson.         which is a more accurate word to use than
this is growing every day. That is why
                                                  People pay more for local and organic food         dumb, is having a person with such limited
people are paying more for local and
                                                  because it is fresher (local), tastes better, is   knowledge of why organics is the way to go
organic food and other products. The less
                                                  lower in chemical residues, and supports           now and in the future. Since I do not want
chemicals we put on our land the better it is
                                                  more local and family farms over those             to write a book here, how about some
for everyone. The less we have to ship
                                                  huge polluting agribusiness factory farms.         short/succinct reasons why one would want
things means that we save energy.”
                                                  The number of people who DO get it are             to purchase organic produce and meat for
Carefree, AZ”
                                                  growing. People do vote with their forks.”         themselves and their loved ones: -No
“Hopefully the quote I saw was out of             Newfane, VT                                        Bovine Growth Hormones -No antibiotics -
context and you're not as simpleminded as it                                                         Not grain fed, which is proven to contribute
                                                  "Dear Representative Peterson I am deeply
implies.” Tucson, AZ                                                                                 to health issues due to the fact that cows are
                                                  saddened that the chairman of the
                                                                                                     meant to eat grass, not grains -No chemicals
“Congratulations Representative Peterson!         agriculture committee does not understand
                                                                                                     used -Tastes better and has higher nutrient
You are not just a foolish person worthy of       the health, economic and environmental
                                                                                                     content By the looks of your picture, you
ridicule, but you once again show the true        benefits of organic and local food. I do
                                                                                                     could use better nutrition. Also, a side affect
face of the Democrats, beholden to factory        understand that I am privileged to be able to
                                                                                                     of the improved nutrition, would be better
farms, with their poisonous food and              afford organic food (which would not be so
                                                                                                     blood flow to the dead lump on top of your
pollution. You know where your campaign           noticeably more expensive than
                                                                                                     shoulders!” Minneapolis, MN
contributions come from, that's for sure.         conventional food if there were not so many
And the rest of us citizens can take a hike,      federal subsidies) but herbicide and               “It ABSOLUTELY amazes me when I hear
right? Salute!” Iowa City, IA                     pesticide and pesticide use, as well as heavy      of someone who is in the upper echelons
                                                  fertilizers, must indicate how unnatural           (not too big a word for you, is it?) can be so
“Honorable sir: YOU get the prize for
                                                  conventional farming is. Just check out the        naive about something so tremendously
making a DUMB remark that those who
                                                  Gulf of Mexico, where there is a dead zone         important. If you were better read, you
purchase organic or local are DUMB!
                                                  where the Mississippi River hits it - nothing      might realize that purchasing from
People are willing to pay a little more for
                                                  LIVES there. Now why are farming                   sustainable farms might help salvage the
foods that are going to contribute to their
                                                  practices that don't use these harmful             food business from the actions of large
well being, and to support the farmers and
                                                  fertilizers DUMB?” -Chicago, IL                    agribusiness. I would think you would want
individuals who willing to be innovative,
                                                                                                     to be more aware and educated”
hard working and entrepreneurial to raise         “Thanks Collin for reminding me how
such products. Instead of pouring                 dumb the people are who run this country. I        “Perhaps as someone associated with
government (MY!) money into subsidies for         hope your eating plenty of GMO food.               agriculture and responsible for the entire
perspective, it would be better to educate       to a future where local produce and grass-       supportive of the LOCAL economy?? and,
yourself about the benefits of something         fed beef are the center of our food choices.”    why would you call ANYONE concerned
before you label others as “dumb” . I wish                                                        about their health and the health of
                                                 “I eat organic because I am educated about
the government would cease subsidizing big                                                        OTHERS--dumb??? you sound like a
                                                 food safety issues and nutrition. You may
ag business and look at the whole picture                                                         Republican!!” Chicago, IL
                                                 be willing to eat meat raised under
for the sake of future generations and the
                                                 conditions banned in Europe. You may be          “It more than disturbs me that a person with
earth itself. I'm sorry to say you give
                                                 willing to eat fruits and vegetables with less   your committee position has no
democrats a bad name.” Dillsburg, PA
                                                 nutrients in them. You may be willing to eat     understanding of the reasons for eating only
“Dear Mr. Peterson, I guess I'm one of           highly processed food with trans fats that       organic products. The reasons are well-
those dumb people who's willing to pay two       clog your arteries. You may be willing to        known and valid. Your remark got you the
to three times more for something grown          feed all those things to your family, but I      OCA's Dumbest Quote of the Week award.”
locally and organically than something           am not. Who is the dumb one?” Corvallis,         Weedsport, NY
drenched in pesticides, trucked in or            OR
                                                                                                   “Rep. Peterson, Organically grown foods
shipped from thousands of miles away.
                                                 “Mr. Peterson, What a shame that someone         have been proven repeatedly to provide
Those billions of gallons of fuel were laying
                                                 with your admitted lack of ability to            better nutrition, and they have less harmful
around, anyway. I also guess that the dollars
                                                 understand organic agriculture and those         impacts on water supplies and other aspects
I'm paying now (how foolish of me!) are the
                                                 who consume it is allowed to chair the           of our environment. Locally grown foods
same dollars you'll be spending in the future
                                                 House Agriculture Committee! Shame               require less energy for transport and are
on medical fees (doctor's visits,
                                                 shame! Way to go Einstein!!” Cleveland,          often fresher (and therefore more nutritious)
medications, hospital stays, etc.) when you
                                                 TN                                               than foods shipped (unripe, in the case of
get any number of cancers, suffer from
                                                                                                  produce) from far away. I pay more because
heart disease, or attempt to stave off obesity   “I'll pay anything to feed my family honest,
                                                                                                  it's good for me and my family in the short
and diabetes. It's crazy how our bodies          nutritious food. But usually it's not more
                                                                                                  run and environmentally for all of us in the
really don't like DDT, high fructose corn        than maybe 50% more. And guess what?
                                                                                                  long run. “Hallelujah” indeed! You're
syrup, or any of the other chemicals we          We are healthier - fewer medical problems -
                                                                                                  welcome!” Ann Arbor, MI
inadvertently ingest with our morning Pop-       lower medical bills. If you guys would
Tart and fruit cup from Wal-Mart.                support organic farmers, the prices would        “WOW... thanks for being so insulting in
Personally, I'd rather support local farmers     come down as the market expands. I'm not         your remarks regarding people who care
and local agribusiness than the fat-cat          dumb, but the ag-industrial complex that         enough about their health, the environment,
executives lurking at Monsanto, 3M, and          you seem to support endlessly certainly is.      and their community to purchase organic
Big Pharm. Silly me.” Highspire, PA              Cabin John, MD                                   products. YOU seem to be the uninformed
                                                                                                  one here!”
“Your statement about organic consumers is       “My goodness, Mr. Peterson, you really
bound to anger Democratic voters all over        show yourself to be an idiot of the first        “I spend more on organic and local because
the country. It demonstrates that you are        degree. People pay more for organic so that      I care about my health and don't want to eat
unaware of all the research that shows that      it won't be tainted with chemicals. Now          poison!”
organic food is more nutritional than            here's a serious question for do
                                                                                                  “Collin Peterson, You are as dumb as
conventional foods. You are also are             such idiots get elected?”
                                                                                                  dirt!!!” Ewa Beach, HI
obviously unaware that organic farmers
                                                 “I hope you will take some time to
rather than damage the environment by                                                             “Dear Collin Peterson, Your comment
overusing chemical fertilizers, pesticides       understand the benefits to health AND the
                                                                                                  about organic consumers being dumb to
                                                 environment to purchasing local, organic
and herbicides, are frequently improving                                                          buy local and organic would be funny if it
                                                 products. Some of us consumers (and a
the environment by their sound practices.”                                                        were not such a pitiful statement. Caring
                                                 quickly growing percentage of consumers),
Santa Barbara, CA                                                                                 about what we feed our families is a huge
                                                 are willing to pay more to protect the
“Congressman Peterson, After reading your                                                         concern for the people you claim to serve. If
                                                 environment, our health, and the health of
comments on organic produce and grass-fed                                                         we did not take the care needed to know
                                                 our children. And I don't think we're
                                                                                                  what it is we eat, and educate ourselves we
beef, I am appalled that you would make          “dumb” for choosing to spend our money
                                                                                                  would indeed be eating genetically
such a derogatory statement. Sustainable         that way. As the chairman of the House Ag.
                                                                                                  modified food crops that are unproven as to
agriculture needs funding and the reason         Committee, I think it is important for you to
                                                                                                  the harmful effects on our bodies, tainted
why people pay such inflated prices for          understand the importance of these
organic items is due to lack of federal                                                           food from China, or food laced with
                                                 concepts. Maybe someday there will even
funding. We need to see the big picture and                                                       pesticides banned in this country, yet sold
                                                 be subsidies for organic agriculture, as there
                                                                                                  to foreign countries, where we now import
focus on a sustainable future, not poisoning     are in many European countries!” Port
                                                                                                  a great deal of our produce. Given our
the American public as well as the land we       Townsend, WA
                                                                                                  wasteful use of oil to transport food across
use to grow crops. The are vast amounts of
                                                 “so, we should just continue to subsidize        this nation. Isn't it fairly logical to buy local
evidence supporting sustainable agriculture,
and it is time our elected officials start       agriculture which fosters unsustainable,         produce that does not have astronomical
working for the people, not being slaves to      dangerous, imported produce coming from          freight charges added to it? It is unfortunate
                                                 the good old boy sources rather than             that people like yourself with such a limited
mega-corporations. Please be a leader in
                                                 support local, sustainable produce and other     view of the food you eat get elected into
this fight, and realize that some Americans
                                                 foods that's good for the public health and      leadership positions that influence our
actually think critically about the choices
                                                 environment, and contributing to and             agricultural future. I wonder what you must
they make when buying food and lets look
feed your children. Please educate yourself     Well deserved! I knew when I first heard it     understand what that's about, but that's
on the food you feed your family. Then you      that you had a winner. Please remember          reality. And if people are dumb enough to
may accurately make a judgment as to what       that food didn't used to be called organic or   pay that much then hallelujah.” Do you
is 'dumb'. Lenoir, NC                           not, because it was all organic. It was         think I want to pay 2 or 3 times as much to
                                                simply called “food” , and the modern           ensure that my family is not ingesting
“Rep. Peterson, What can I say except that
                                                addition of chemical pesticides, herbicides,    harmful toxins, hormones and/or genetically
your comment regarding organic and local
                                                hormones and antibiotics, and genetic           mutated food? Who in the world are you
foods is a perfect example of the myopic
                                                modification has not improved it any. Have      calling 'dumb'? Pull your head out of your
vision the government has regarding
                                                you ever seen a factory farm? Have you          F!&%@#! A$$ and resign before you do
farmers, the environment, energy policy and
                                                ever seen a family run organic farm? See if     any more damage. I can't believe my tax
the precarious future that will effect our
                                                you can tell the difference, and see if you     money has anything to do with you.”
children and grandchildren. What a shame.”
                                                can decide where you'd rather eat... eh? I'm
Englewood, CO                                                                                   “Dear Senator: Good job getting the
                                                very sorry to see that you hold the
                                                                                                “dumbest quote of the week award” for
“Collin Peterson, Your comments in the          congressional position that you do, as we'll
                                                                                                your silly comment about people who
Financial Times article of October 17th         all be the worse for it; and I'm very
                                                                                                choose local and organic.”
2007 have completely shocked me! We             disappointed to see this kind of attitude
own & operate a restaurant going on our         coming from a democrat. Shame, shame. I         “Dear Collin Peterson, If you and your
27th year serving only organic vegetables,      sincerely hope that you see truth soon.”        family like to eat factory farmed, pesticide,
beef, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, etc. We are                                                   antibiotic, arsenic and mad cow disease
                                                “Mr. Peterson, I hope you look into this
certified organic farmers producing wine                                                        garbage, then you are an idiot. I believe in
                                                matter more thoroughly, especially if you
grapes for Benziger Family Winery.                                                              staying healthy by eating decent food, the
                                                have children and/or grandchildren. Bay
California, as always, is leading the organic                                                   way it has been made for thousands of
                                                City, MI
food movement for our nation. Comments                                                          years. Modern industrial food is the root
liked these from a high ranking government      “Sir: My friends and family in Minnesota        cause for most modern day sickness.”
official regarding organic foods are very       are as shocked as I am at your statement
                                                                                                “With all due respect, Sen. Peterson, you
alarming and disturbing, none the less from     about organic food consumption. All of us
                                                                                                have exposed your own ignorance with
the Chair of the Agricultural Committee!”       are educated people who eat organic foods,
                                                                                                your frivolous remarks about consumers
Kenwood, CA                                     locally grown when possible. All of us
                                                                                                who prefer to buy organic and local foods. I
                                                vote,” Jackson, MI
“Rep. Peterson, As the agriculture                                                              work hard and long to pay for the quality
committee chair I'm surprised at your           “Mr. Peterson, As an organic farmer of 10+      food I provide for my child because I know
ignorance re: the advantages of and superior    years who sells to the local market in          the difference. You have the audacity to call
quality of small farmer produced beef,          Portland, OR it sounds like you don't know      that DUMB! Do your homework and stop
poultry and vegetables. Even the University     anything about agriculture. It is               buying into corporate deceptions about the
of Michigan, Ann Arbor has published that       embarrassing to have you, as the committee      food industry. If you think you know it all
“Organic farming methods produce higher         chair for Ag, speak out and say that buying     you have no place in a leadership position.
yields, superior product while improving        organic and/or local is “dumb” . Maybe you      May you find blessings from this blunder.”
the soil and environment.” You might also       should learn what organic agriculture is
                                                                                                “Gee, Rep. Collin Peterson, thanks for
notice the inconvenience of pollution from      about and why we desperately need to be
                                                                                                letting me know this late in life that I'm
huge agri-business farming methods,             converting more land to this more
                                                                                                dumb. I guess having two Master's Degrees,
poisoned people & animals from cancer           sustainable practice. All of us “dumb”
                                                                                                raising some of my own food and being
causing pesticides, and increasing outbreaks    farmers would love to host you and show
                                                                                                able to figure out that eating poison might
of e-coli, to name a few. There is a ton of     you all of the things you don't know
                                                                                                not be good for me is just not enough to be
information our representatives should be       anything about.” Portland, OR
                                                                                                a smart person in your eyes. Though I doubt
aware of in agriculture because what the
                                                “Mr. Peterson I believe that not all food       most “smart” people really need a lot of
people want and deserve is good food,
                                                labeled organic is actually pesticide-,         education to know that saturating the land,
clearly labeled and not tax dollars spend on
                                                hormone- and antibiotic-free. But I think I     the waterways and the food we eat with
bloated corporate executives with
                                                have a better chance of avoiding these          toxic chemicals is probably not a good idea.
corresponding budgets who control the
                                                health-destroying contaminants when I           I would think that you are probably fairly
information and agenda. Please do some
                                                spend a few dollars more. My family is          smart yourself. That should mean that you
research outside your usual contacts. Talk
                                                worth the extra effort. I wish you would        are able to be a critical thinker and figure
to people from Minnesota, you know,
                                                wake up and get educated about what             out that the statistics fed to you by
farmers. Come on, you're a Democrat for
                                                corporate farming(that your farm bill           petrochemical companies has something to
Pete's sake. Thank you for your time.”
                                                supports) is doing to our food!” North          do with their coffers being full. But I'm
Minneapolis, MN
                                                Wales, PA                                       probably wrong because I'm dumb. Thanks
“Mr. Peterson, Wow. People who chose to                                                         for setting me right.”
                                                “Dear Collin, I don't understand how in the
pay more for organic and local food are
                                                world you got that job. I have a question       “Maybe you should look into the facts
dumb? What an ignorant statement to make;
                                                about where you were coming from when           before you call local or organic produce
inform yourself.”
                                                you said the following: “For whatever           buyers dumb. There are many issues and
“Congratulations on winning OCA'S               reason, people are willing to pay two or        factors involved as there are in everything
Dumbest Quote of the Week award                 three times as much for something that says     and you should educate yourself if you are
regarding us dummies who buy organic.           'organic' or 'local'. Far be it from me to
going to represent the people of this            immune to greed and ignorance.                  in office, perhaps you'd notice that your
country.” Carbondale, CO                         Representative Peterson, you are either         priorities and this country's priorities are
                                                 owned heart and soul by the beef industry       more than a bit messed up. Best regards”
“Mr. Peterson, I suggest you read, “The
                                                 or you truly are as ignorant as you sound.
Omnivore's Dilemma” or spend some time                                                           “Congressman, Your recent comments
                                                 Either way, thank you. Next time I'm
with Joel Paltin of Polyface Farms and                                                           about locally grown and organic food are
                                                 getting pummeled with a barrage of disdain
educate yourself about the foods you eat.”                                                       completely out of line with the realities of
                                                 for my political affiliation, I need only
Kendall Park, NJ                                                                                 our climate crisis. Do you really feel
                                                 mention your name.” Westlake Village, CA
                                                                                                 Americans should pay 3-4 times more for
“Well call me an idiot, but I think that it is
                                                 “I'm a Democrat and I try to be very            food that is safer for their families and for
you who do understand that price is not the
                                                 conscious of those things that I eat.           our environment, while you and the federal
only thing that matters. I am willing to pay
                                                 Ensuring that I eat healthy means eating        government continues to spend massive
for quality, especially when it is what I feed
                                                 more Organic foods. I would tend to say         amounts of taxpayer money supporting
my family. To hand local farmers at our
                                                 that your comment was based on the fact         industrial farms along with pesticide and
farmer's market money for extremely fresh
                                                 that the government doesn't have the            chemical companies? I hope you find in
non-chemically tainted produce maybe
                                                 necessary regulations governing the use of      hindsight that your comments were in fact
stupid, but silly me, I find that I can taste
                                                 “Organic” , on food items which is,             the only thing “dumb” and retract your
the difference. If it also supports local
                                                 “dumb”. It would be too much like right, to     comments. Thank you for listening to a
farmers, keeping the local economy and
                                                 ensure that something that is better for you,   concerned citizen.”
landscape green, and avoids importing
                                                 be less expensive than fast foods and other
poison from China, well I guess that is a                                                        “Mr. Peterson: In response to your ignorant
                                                 chemically induced foods. It shouldn't be
price I‟ll have to pay. Economic cents does                                                      views on organic and local farm products,
                                                 that one and that's what‟s dumb.”
not always equal common sense. Corporate                                                         let me say this: If people are dumb enough
greed, and the politicians they buy, never       “Forgive them for they know not what they       to spray pesticides on a vegetable in an
serves the public. - Eugene, OR                  say” . Organic fruits and vegetables have       effort to kill bugs and other living creatures
                                                 been proven to contain much higher levels       and then eat that vegetable then (not
“Congratulations on receiving the Organic
                                                 of anti-oxidants than conventionally grown      hallelujah, but) God help them. If people
Consumer Association award for “the
                                                 and no pesticide/herbicide residue. Fight       are dumb enough to give growth hormones
dumbest quote of the week!” Clearly Mr.
                                                 cancer and reduce birth defects, eat            to cattle and juice 'em up with antibiotics
Peterson's experience with food has been
                                                 organic.” Spring Hill, FL                       then eat that cattle, then God help them. If
fairly limited.” Oakland, CA
                                                                                                 people want to inject their swine with
                                                 “Dear Collin Peterson: I have to tell you
“To Collin Peterson, Please use your                                                             Ractopamine a couple of months before
                                                 that I find offense in the comment that you
position as Chairman of the House of                                                             slaughter in an effort to get more lean meat,
                                                 made regarding people who purchase
Representatives to learn more about what                                                         and read about how it radically changes the
                                                 organic food. There is substantial evidence
the US Organic program and organic issues                                                        personality of the swine....and then eat that
                                                 that non-organic produce and foods contain
are all about. Surely the chairman of the                                                        swine, I say God help them. To be so dumb
                                                 levels of pesticides. According to you, I am
House of Reps Agricultural Committee                                                             as to not see a correlation between the
                                                 dumb for trying to eliminate these
should know the difference and the issues                                                        obesity epidemic, diabetes running rampant,
                                                 pesticides from my family's diet. Well, I
involved in Organic farming and not resort                                                       super strains of bacteria resistant to
                                                 guess that is my choice. But if local and
to calling your fellow citizens “dumb” just                                                      antibiotics, the billions of dollars spent on
                                                 small organic farmers don't need the
because you don't understand those issues.                                                       digestion aides, etc and the way we process
                                                 support of the government, then why do
Paying extra to get around toxic chemicals                                                       our food, inject our beef and pollute the
                                                 large farmers? I would like for you to ask
in our foods and poisons that foul our land                                                      plants/air and water with pesticides,
                                                 people in your constituency if they would
and water is not “dumb” but actually the                                                         herbicides and chemical fertilizers, I say,
                                                 prefer that all their food be produced
opposite. I would like to ask that you try to                                                    “OPEN your own DUMB EYES!” As a
                                                 without pesticides, and I would imagine
be an informed chairman and advocate for                                                         fellow Democrat I am offended by a man of
                                                 they would respond that they would. I guess
all citizens not just a self-selected segment                                                    your age with this degree of ignorance
                                                 that would make them dumb, too.”
of the population.”                                                                              when it comes to the food that we put in our
                                                 “Representative Peterson: If you took but a     bodies. Try opening your mind a tad.” Palm
“Dear Representative Peterson: Just in case
                                                 few minutes to actually learn a bit about the   Springs, CA
you think people that spend more money for
                                                 effect of hormone and anti-biotic laden milk
local or organic food are dumb, I suggest                                                        “Dear Mr. Peterson, If you want to be good
                                                 on our children, my children, perhaps you
that you take the time to educate and inform                                                     at your job, it would be in your best interest
                                                 would show a bit more respect for people
yourself about the state of our 'normal' food.                                                   - as the House Agriculture Committee Chair
                                                 like me, a life-long, active Democrat, son of
This food is fine if you are dumb enough to                                                      - to educate yourself on the benefits of
                                                 two educators, both union members, who
think that irradiation, rBGH, GMO fake                                                           consuming foods that are not just “labeled”
                                                 suck it up on all too many luxuries so we
food, antibiotics, mad cow disease, etc.                                                         organic, but that have been produced with
                                                 can pay the extra cost for whatever organic
have nothing to do with your health. I think                                                     the highest of organic standards. People
                                                 food we can manage to buy for my kids.
you deserve an award for the dumbest quote                                                       who eat organic foods are the furthest thing
                                                 Perhaps if you got down off your high horse
of the week.”                                                                                    from “dumb” (as you stated). We are quite
                                                 for little while, stepped back and took a
                                                                                                 the opposite in fact. More than the average
“As a Republican, I can't tell you how           look at your lifestyle - the never ending
                                                                                                 shopper, we are self-educated and aware
vindicating it is to show my Democratic          fundraisers and constant stroking of high
                                                                                                 enough to know how our food is produced
colleagues that their leadership is not          rollers you and your colleagues need to stay
                                                                                                 and the wide ranging effects of that
production. We know that factory farms           eating organic foods, taking supplements         your statement and an apology to all local
pollute our waterways more than all other        (not medicines), and exercising, I cleared       farmers wishing to make a living from
industries combined (just ask the EPA). As       up “aggressive” prostate cancer without any      farming and contributing to the health of
factory farm animals are needlessly fed          of the medical side effects including            their fellow community members ~
antibiotics and so are a major contributor       incontinence, impotence, and most probably       something I, and many others in my local
toward creating antibiotic resistant super       death. My mother, father, and older sister       community, care deeply about!” Gt.
bugs, we buy organic to avoid supporting         all had cancer and went the conventional         Barrington, MA
these practices. Finally, organic farms treat    medical route. They all died as a direct
                                                                                                  “Dear Congressman Peterson, I agree with
their animals as they should be treated -        result. The medical reaction to my cure is a
                                                                                                  you that paying 2-3 times as much for
with respect and compassion. Furthermore,        mystery. My reaction is just plain natural
                                                                                                  organic foods is not very savvy consumer
as organic produce is grown without              food without the atrocious additives
                                                                                                  behavior. But we don't always know what
pesticides and herbicides, it does not pollute   provided to non-organic foods. Wake up,
                                                                                                  the choice is and, for those of us somewhat
the ground it is grown in and consumers do       and you may live longer.” Denville, NJ
                                                                                                  in the know (I have a masters degree in
not have to swallow these toxins. We also
                                                 “I can't believe a person in your position       nutrition from Columbia University), the
believe in supporting small farmers in the
                                                 can NOT have a clue what organic means,          case is weaker and weaker for use of
United States. Unlike many unaware
                                                 and furthermore, means to those “dumb”           pesticides. This is not my particular
shoppers, we do this not because we are
                                                 people who elected you. Time to find             expertise, but here are some of the things I
trying to get by in life as cheaply as we can
                                                 yourself another job, Bub, it's obvious you      have learned, and which you can (please)
- no matter the environmental or social
                                                 are way in over your head.”                      check. There is little doubt that pesticides
consequences. We do it because it is ethical
                                                                                                  and herbicides are in our groundwater and
and good for our health, the health of our       “Dear Collin Peterson: As the Chairman of
                                                                                                  have measurable, negative impacts on the
neighbors, and the environment. I suggest        the House of Representatives agricultural
                                                                                                  biosphere of the planet. We're part of
you lead by example and do the same.”            committee, I'm embarrassed for you. To be
                                                                                                  nature. Many of them are known to
                                                 in your position and make such an ignorant
“I recommend you and your team evaluate                                                           negatively impact human health in some
                                                 statement is unfathomable to me. Rather
the research comparing the nutrient value of                                                      quantity but become legal partly because it
                                                 than making a statement such as, “For
commercial raised food and organic raised                                                         is suspected that people will consume them
                                                 whatever reason people are willing to pay
food. As a physician of 26 years, people are                                                      in much lower quantities. Problem: There
                                                 two or three times as much for something
not as healthy today and are not recovering                                                       are very few studies measuring the effects
                                                 that says 'organic' or 'local'. Far be it from
as fast and in my opinion it is due to the                                                        of the complex combination of pesticides,
                                                 me to understand what that's all about.” It
poor food they are eating. Please think of                                                        herbicides and other poisons to which the
                                                 seems to me that part of your job
the young children and their future. A                                                            typical American is exposed. Some that I
                                                 description would be to educate yourself on
consumer today would have to eat 50                                                               have seen show a synergistic negative effect
                                                 the subject matter, so that you might
helpings of spinach to get the same amount                                                        of certain combinations meaning that this is
                                                 understand “what it's all about.” We are not
of iron he or she would have received from                                                        likely a partial explanation of the significant
                                                 a bunch of tree-hugging dummies. Maybe
one bunch in 1900.”                                                                               rise in rates of cancer and other diseases
                                                 you'll rethink who you're calling dumb if
                                                                                                  over the last half century or so. It is
“Dear Mr. Collin Peterson I could be wise        you understand some of the facts. Or maybe
                                                                                                  becoming clearer and clearer that the
to read and search about a subject before        you could look in the mirror while you're
                                                                                                  necessity for pesticides and herbicides in
speaking about it. It is beyond my               criticizing others. PS: And congratulations
                                                                                                  modern farming is something of a myth.
understanding way a Democrat Chair like          on getting the Organic Consumers
                                                                                                  Small to medium sized organic farms have
you could say a that organic food is like        Association award for the dumbest quote of
                                                                                                  been shown to be more productive per acre
regular food, UNBELIVABLE!, no wander            the week. You really earned it!!”
                                                                                                  that giant commercial farms and much less
democrats are going dawn and dawn and
                                                 “Hello Sir, I just wanted to respond to a        victimized by blights that periodically affect
dawn. You just don‟t listen, don‟t search,
                                                 comment that you made regarding local and        farmers. There are many plant compounds
don‟t look for the general good of the
                                                 organic produce consumers. First, if the         beneficial to human health that develop in
country. Its clear to me that after becoming
                                                 government is going to give subsidiaries to      far lower quantities in plants grown
the majority your head grow faster and
                                                 farmers, these are the exact farmer that         “conventionally.” Salicylic acid is one of
bigger than ever and now your ears just
                                                 should get them, because they contribute far     many examples. Local produce is shown
don‟t function. The system is poisoned and
                                                 less to global warming than “conventional”       repeatedly to be higher in nearly every, or
corrupted to the hilt and the country faces
                                                 farmers. And consumers of these products         every single measure of nutrients or other
incredible challenges. Please do some
                                                 are not “dumb” for being willing to spend        beneficial plant compounds (flavonoids,
research about “real” healthy nutrition and
                                                 more on them, but they are ethically             carotenoids, sulphoraphanes, etc. This is
all the cancer induced ingredients that they
                                                 concerned about the state of the world.”         certainly only a partial explanation of why
are putting in our food. Colorants,
                                                                                                  organic and local foods are important, but
preservatives, chemicals and toxics like         “I find it difficult to believe such a
                                                                                                  for many consumers, knowing fact sets like
arsenic, lead and other pesticides and           statement could even be made in 2007.            these, makes us willing to pay what it costs
fungicides are there, ITS A FACT, ITS IN         Buying local and organic supports not only       to get what we think are better foods. If the
THE LAB REPORTS, you just have to                my health and the health of my family, it
                                                                                                  same quality were readily available
have interest and the will to request them       also supports local sustainable farming
                                                                                                  cheaper, we'd buy it cheaper. We're not that
and read them!, Thanks.”                         which allows me to feel confident that the
                                                                                                  “dumb.” Thanks for listening” Lords
                                                 food I am eating is grown ethically and is
“Hello Mr. Peterson: Sounds like you may                                                          Valley, PA
                                                 healthy! I would appreciate a retraction of
also believe in the FDA. By avoiding FDA,
“Your comments on October 17 regarding         see ?- documents that reveal the industry's      “What's dumb about wanting to safeguard
consumers who are willing to pay more for      early know-ledge that some chemicals             my family's health? I want food grown with
organic and local food as being “dumb”         could pose dangers to human health that          minimal use of any chemicals. What's dumb
makes one wonder about your competence         were not disclosed at the time. But the          about supporting local food producers?
to chair a committee on agriculture. I         documentary also reports a much larger           These are my neighbors & friends. What's
suggest that you relinquish your committee     story ? a never- before-told account of a        dumb about not adding to environmental
chairmanship and turn it over to someone       campaign to limit the regulation of toxic        pollution by not having my foods trucked
more knowledgeable of things agricultural.”    chemicals and any liability for their effects.   across the country? Not to mention the
Lawrence, KS                                   Today, every man, woman and child has            quality of a fruit or vegetable by the time it
                                               synthetic chemicals in their bodies. No          is in the end user's household. “Fresh”
“I understand you think paying more for
                                               child is born free of them. As part of the       carries a limited shelf life. Have you seen
food labeled “organic” or “local” is dumb. I
                                               investigation for TRADE SECRETS, Bill            the amount of fruits & vegetables grocery
wonder, have you bought any Mattel toys
                                               Moyers took part in a study sponsored by         stores throw out because the food goes bad
labeled “made in China” lately? Pretty
                                               the Mount Sinai School of Medicine               before it gets to the store or can be sold?
dumb to buy things just because they are
                                               designed to measure the synthetic chemicals      What are you doing to make a smaller
labeled “made in USA” huh?”
                                               present in the human body. Even though           environmental footprint on this earth? Oh,
“I just read your quote about being dumb       Moyers has never worked in a chemical            you probably don't think you add to our
enough to buy organic food. I'm one of         plant ? or lived near one ? he learned that      environmental problem. Most every person
those dumb people. I'm dumb enough to use      his body contains a chemical soup of 84          does to some degree. I am interested to
solar panels to help keep my electric bills    industrial chemicals.” Lubbock, TX               know if you, your children & grandchildren
around $20. I'm dumb enough to use wood                                                         eat ANY organic foods? If you did you
                                               “Are you calling me dumb? Because I don't
pellet stoves using American grown fuel to                                                      would taste the difference. Your
                                               want to contribute to putting unnecessary
heat my house. I'm dumb enough to retire at                                                     grandchildren & great grandchildren
                                               chemicals into my body or the
the age of 49 by being frugal and saving my                                                     deserve to inherit a better earth and you
                                               environment? Because I choose to support
money, and I'm dumb enough to remember                                                          need to do your part.”
                                               my local economy? How ignorant of you,
who you are and to work on your ouster
                                               and offensive.”                                  “If we as responsible consumers are
when the next democratic administration
                                                                                                “dumb” for choosing organic because it is:
comes into power, which looks like it may      Boulder, CO” Good quote. Just go ahead
                                                                                                a) actually GOOD for our health as opposed
be soon.”                                      eating those chemicals and funding wars in
                                                                                                to the pesticide-covered produce grown in
                                               far off places to pay for oil to transport
“You call organic consumers dumb for                                                            toxic dirt, and the tortured, completely
                                               crummy GMO food all over the world! You
wanting to eat healthy food instead of the                                                      unnatural, force-fed, confined, abused and
                                               dingbat. How did you ever get elected????”
poison called food sold in stores today?                                                        inhumanely slaughtered animals you eat b)
Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”                       “Rep. Peterson: If the organic food industry     better for the environment as it doesn't
                                               is growing on its own, doesn't that suggest      deplete, contaminate, and essentially
“Congratulations Representative Peterson!!
                                               that increasing numbers of Americans have        destroy the earth in numerous direct and
Your recent comment calling people like
                                               decided they do not want to eat chemicals        indirect ways c) safer, healthier, and more
me dumb for purchasing organic and local
                                               and die of cancer and are willing to pay         cost-effective in the long run for the farmers
food because we prefer not to ingest
                                               more to live longer and healthier lives?”        than I suppose the definition I have of that
carcinogens, because we want to support                                                         word is the opposite, for being an organic
our local community and at the same time,      “Hello! Get educated.”                           consumer, I call that “anyone who actually
conserve energy, shows a real lack of
                                               “There's nothing “dumb” about paying             uses their brain” versus a pawn to society.
understanding and foresight. Taking care of
                                               more for natural, healthy organic foods.         Congratulations on your award: OCA's
ourselves “and” the earth isn't becoming
                                               Buying locally grown/produced foods is           dumbest quote of the week!”
“less” popular, or are you that out of touch
                                               also a more responsible choice considering       “Dear Mr. Peterson, I urge you to do some
with the current 'trends'? I suppose farms
                                               the resources required to ship food over         research into why people are willing to pay
that are not organic will continue to need a
                                               long distances. Your view is certainly
greater degree of federal support because                                                       more for local, naturally grown produce.
                                               dumb, but buying organic and local food is
they will become less and less viable. But                                                      Putting one's health as a spending priority is
                                               not.” Tucson, AZ
then, maybe something like “pork-barrels”                                                       not something to be mocked. I cannot
are involved. Anyway, you deserve the          “Hey Rep. Peterson, Way to go...showing          believe that someone in your position could
award from the Organic Consumers Award         your lack of insight, intelligence, and          make such careless statements. Sincerely
for the dumbest quote of the week. Frame it    support for better nutrition for the general     mystified” Fort Bragg, CA
for posterity.”                       making the statement, “...And
                                                                                                “Your dumb comment is so abrasive that I
                                               if people are dumb enough to pay that much
“Here is why people want organic food:                                                          can't even tell you what I think about it in a
                                               [for organic produce and beef] then
TRADE SECRETS: A MOYERS REPORT                                                                  civil manner. If you were capable of
                                               hallelujah.” How much in campaign
is an investigation of the history of the                                                       thinking, you'd know the reason organic
                                               contributions did YOU receive from large         food costs more is because it doesn't get the
chemical revolution and the companies that
                                               corporate farms and major NON-organic            subsidies that standard agriculture gets. And
drove it ? and how companies worked to
                                               food distributors? Atta boy....NOT!”
withhold vital information about the risks                                                      you'd know the reason we are willing to pay
                                               Ashland, OR
from workers, the government, and the                                                           more for it, is because we value our health
public. He relies on an archive of                                                              along with the health of the planet. It's
documents the public was never meant to                                                         people like you who can't look past the
dollar bill in their hand that has led to the   family. If you would care to take the time to     little to share with our neighbors. Now we
state of our current health and health care     learn about the real differences between the      are all about consumerism at the lowest
problems. Do you realize we are                 type of food that I purchase for myself and       possible supermarket price. So a farm-bill-
subsidizing our own poor health?”               my family - and that I strongly recommend         subsidized piece of beef that gets raised on
                                                for my clients - you would find that the          a feed lot in California off of farm-bill-
“I resent your attitude towards a difficult
                                                differences are substantial and that they         subsidized corn feed from Nebraska, and
choice I make to put the health of my
                                                contribute to real good health - unlike the       gets shipped back across the country to
family above cheap, non-nutritional and
                                                pesticide-laden and antibiotic and steroid        Minnesota ends up being 'cheaper' than a
potentially health-damaging food. More
                                                drugged “food” that is sold in the average        piece of beef that is grass fed right there in
Americans would switch to local and
                                                supermarket. Because you are uneducated           Minnesota. That is dumb. And our country
organic if they could afford it. Government
                                                in the matter is no excuse to denounce the        is paying taxes to make it happen. And you
support for locally-grown and/or organic
                                                growing numbers in the population who             are supposed to be representing us, and
foods would be a tremendous help to
                                                have made the choice to eat healthier and         making sure that the government doesn't do
                                                promote better living conditions for our          dumb things like support that kind of
“You recently were quoted as saying that        feed animals. Supporting local agriculture        stupidity with our tax money. I am ashamed
organic consumers are dumb, but I must tell     promotes true community. I am proud to            to call myself a democrat with 'dumb'
you that the correct statement should be that   help my neighbors, especially when they           people like you speaking for our party, and
“Non-organic consumers are uninformed.”         are trying to farm using techniques that          I am ashamed to call myself an American
It is abhorrent that as the House Agriculture   preserve the environment and promote              with leadership like yours representing
Chair, you feel comfortable speaking those      healthy livestock. I you want, I would be         corporate interests that feed off of our tax
words. Have you ever heard of rBGH,             happy to take the time to educate you so          dollars rather than grass roots family
pesticides or genetically engineered foods?     that you are not part of the “dumb”               farmers that are trying to promote self
If you had, you would understand why one        community.”                                       sufficiency. Please apologize for your dumb
would choose to buy organic. There's a                                                            remarks, we left that century behind.”
                                                “I‟m surprised that the chair of the House
reason why most of the world is banning                                                           Sacramento, CA
                                                Committee on Agriculture seems to know
genetically engineered foods and you have
                                                so little about the subject of organic food, as   “Sir, As an organic consumer, I object to
the audacity to say that you don't
                                                your comments about the “dumbness” of             you calling me dumb (,
understand why one would make the
                                                consumers willing to buy organic food             Financial Times, Oct 17, 2007). Recent
organic choice! You are living in a bubble
                                                indicate. Organic farming does not use            studies show that conventionally grown
and are unable to see or seek the truth. It's
                                                chemicals and is safer. Organic food tastes       produce is riddled with pesticides -
unfortunate to the millions of people that
                                                better. Organic farming is sustainable            chemicals that have detrimental effects to
you are choosing to slowly poison. I'm
                                                farming, and is a small business, not a           growing children. Other studies have shown
really not sure how you sleep at night.”
                                                gigantic corporate farm where food is mass-       that today's conventional produce contains
Rensselaer, NY
                                                produced, animals are abused and confined,        almost 50% fewer nutrients than the same
“I wonder what your grandchildren will          and soil is depleted. Organic food tastes         crops 50 years ago. Though not suffering as
think of your lack of concern about             better! Modern farming uses more                  badly, even today's organic produce is less
chemicals in our food when they are faced       petroleum than any other single industry.         nutritious than that from 50 years ago.
with the health & other problems that will      THE major challenge confronting us is             Organic and local produce has a strong
result?”                                        energy--creating pollution, leading to global     impact on local economies and have
                                                warming, and war. There is much more to           demonstrated positive effects on land
" My family buys organic and local organic
                                                be said for organic farming, but I strongly       management and conservation. And yes,
most of the time; We are not “dumb” as
                                                recommend you start learning about it for         these products cost more - largely because
stated in your ignorant statement. We buy
                                                yourself.” St. Paul, MN                           of economy of scale. But I'd rather spend
organic to keep out of our bodies the                                                             the money on good food than pump money
cocktail of pesticides, herbicides, growth      “With your comment regarding organic
                                                                                                  into our decrepit health care system. I often
hormones, and antibiotics that infect our       food, you appear to be uninformed and
                                                                                                  wonder why large scale agriculture is
nation's food supply. That cocktail is          judgmental. Uninformed people should not
                                                                                                  getting huge subsidies if they are growing
thought by most objective scientists (not       chair committees.”
                                                                                                  produce (and animals) that are less than
those that have been bought by chemical
                                                “Congressman Peterson, sorry to hear that         what they were years ago. I often wonder
companies nor those who tout the corporate                                                        why large scale agriculture is getting huge
                                                you are a democrat and you are still that
line) to be a major cause of many of the                                                          subsidies to trash our environment and
                                                dumb that you don't understand why people
illnesses that are increasingly part of
                                                are willing to pay more for local and             decimate local economies. I often wonder
modern western, especially American,
                                                organic food. For most people, this is an         what would happen if more people knew
populations. If you are not eating organic as
                                                exercise of principle, we do not believe in       the truth about the growing conditions of
much as possible, then you are willingly
                                                society bearing the external costs of oil         the produce and the animals from large-
ingesting the cocktail, and maybe you are                                                         scale agriculture. I hope you will retract
                                                consumption or the burning of rainforest in
the dumb one.” Albuquerque, NM                                                                    your statement about organic consumers.
                                                Brazil in order to raise beef to send up to
“Sir: I am a Nutritionist - and a VERY          American consumers who want to save a             We really are quite educated - we do get to
healthy 56 year-old who is willing to do        buck by mortgaging our children's future.         meet our local farmers and ask questions
whatever it takes to purchase organic           This country used to be about self reliance,      about the growing conditions. I've even
produce and grass-finished beef and truly       and we used to be proud of being able to          taken my toddler son to see the farm where
free range chicken for myself and my            meet our own needs, and maybe have a              we get our chickens and our lamb, and to
the orchard where we get our apples and           hand with the government -- but they don't       leading with dignity instead of making
apple cider. If he can get the connection         have ours!” Union Furnace, OH                    dumb remarks.” Stevenson, WA
between the land and the food, why can't
                                                  “Dear Sir, in light of the fact that you are a   “You have got to be kidding! Some very
                                                  typical Bush appointee, your remark              serious, and I mean serious studying on
“Dear Chairman Peterson: You clearly have         highlighting your ignorance of organic,          organic foods, pricing and the LARGER
been too close to the Republicans for too         local and naturally raised food is not           picture of eating and feeding our bodies
long -- you now sound like them. Concord,         surprising. It is however, frightening and       with food that has actual nutrition. This
MA                                                very, very disturbing to me. I am proud of       translates to us being healthier which
                                                  the fact that I am dumb enough to eat clean      obviously leads to less sickness, illnesses
“Please read my message, Mr. Freeman!
                                                  organically raised food, that I know the         etc. etc. Please, become aware. Isn't this
This is the first letter I've ever written to a
                                                  farmer that raises the food I eat, that I take   what your job is? To be fully intelligent on
politician, and I'm extremely passionate
                                                  responsibility for my food choices and that I    the subject? This is not a 'hippy' movement
about this topic...enough already: It is
                                                  never ever, have to give the latest e coli,      but an intellectual subject. Please! Think
Simple. There should be a new federal law:
                                                  melamine or any other of the contaminated        and open your mind and forget lobbyists.”
NO chemical fertilizers, pesticides, etc.
                                                  food recalls, a second glance. I know that       Stowe, VT
used on United States soil. EVER. The
                                                  all of that has NOTHING to do with the
companies that manufacture, distribute                                                             “You have got to be kidding! Some very
                                                  food I am dumb enough to buy and eat. By
those harmful products will be forced to                                                           serious, and I mean serious studying on
                                                  the way.. if organic and family farming got
switch over to natural choices, as well as                                                         organic foods, pricing and the LARGEER
                                                  HALF of the government supports,
'local' and organic options. Its shocking that                                                     picture of eating and feeding our bodies
                                                  subsidies, and tax write-offs that agri-biz
you are the head of the agricultural                                                               with food that has actual nutrition. This
                                                  corporations get.. organic food would cost a
committee, when you obviously have no                                                              translates to us being healthier which
                                                  fraction of conventional. How shameful that
sincere interest in the health of Americans,                                                       obviously leads to less sickness, illnesses
                                                  you know so little about the subject of the
the future of farming as American tradition,                                                       etc. etc. Please, become aware. Isn't this
                                                  committee you are chair of. Not respectfully
or the integrity of the foods grown in                                                             what your job is? To be fully intelligent on
                                                  yours because you don't HAVE my respect”
America.” Northport, NY                                                                            the subject? This is not a 'hippy' movement
                                                  “May I suggest you meet some of us? We           but an intellectual subject. Please! Think
“Congratulations for the dumbest quote of
                                                  are folks who hold down mid-level white-         and open your mind and forget lobbyists.”
the month. You beat out President Bush. I
                                                  collar jobs, live in your suburbs, pay our       Stowe, VT
urge you to learn about a subject (such as
                                                  taxes, raise our kids and probably vote for
organic foods) before calling others dumb                                                          “Dear Collin Peterson: Organic consumers
                                                  you. We also believe in food that tastes
for purchasing organic foods. I certain am                                                         are hardly stupid. We are aware of the rise
                                                  good and isn't dangerous to eat. Surely you
not dumb for paying more for organic food.                                                         in health problems, from allergies to
                                                  remember the stuff. You were born in the
Apparently you are showing you stupidity                                                           diabetes and cancer. We are aware that
                                                  era of the small family farm, the
when you don't mind dumping toxins,                                                                while not all of the pollution that enters our
                                                  greengrocer on the corner, the small butcher
pesticides and poisons into your body. Who                                                         bodies, contributing to the illnesses as
                                                  and bake shops that weren't “boutique
is the dumb one? I am 69 years old and in                                                          mentioned, comes from food, much of it
                                                  shopping experiences.” You might like
perfect health. No illnesses, diseases, not                                                        does. Since Monsanto and Bayer have been
                                                  some of us, and a few of us may actually
overweight, take no medication or drugs.”                                                          given free reign over our bodies, insofar as
                                                  strike you as something other than dumb!
Henderson, NV                                                                                      they are allowed with full governmental
                                                  When I read comments like the one you
                                                                                                   approval to dose us to their delight,
“I'm the only person in my family who             made about organic consumers being idiots
                                                                                                   organics are out way of fighting back. It's
doesn't have breast cancer, heart disease and     for parting with their money so they can eat
                                                                                                   not the organic consumers who are the
diabetes. Mom, aunt, sister: breast cancer,       something besides Cheez Doodles, I find
                                                                                                   Dumbs! Americans are pretty silly,
both sisters: major heart disease, sister, both   myself gratefully anticipating the end of
                                                                                                   uninformed and mostly disinterested.
parents, all grand parents: diabetes. I eat a     this ridiculous, contentious era where the
                                                                                                   ('Dumb' does come to mind, here.) But that
local plant-based, low fat, organic whenever      most obviously sane behavior is ridiculed in
                                                                                                   cannot last. Other continents and nations
I can diet. Insurance companies fight over        the name of cash. I hope you regret saying
                                                                                                   have people that are intentionally aware,
me, and doctors rave about my medical             it.” Fairport, NY
                                                                                                   informed, and willing to stand together
records and encourage me to keep doing
                                                  “I strongly object to you calling organic        against abuses from their elected officials.
whatever I'm doing. I didn't get all the bad
                                                  consumers “dumb” . You should not bad            That we can overcome our silliness is
family genes!” Anna Maria, FL
                                                  mouth organic consumers.”                        evidenced by the rise in demand for organic
“Congratulations on your receipt of the                                                            food. You and your Monsantos and your
                                                  “Dear Representative Peterson: It is
Organic Consumers Association award for                                                            Bayers may hold the reigns now, but it
                                                  unfortunate you felt compelled to shoot off
the dumbest quote of the week! -- grin -- Of                                                       cannot last. No matter how you might wish
                                                  your mouth and reveal not only your bias
course we're all dumb enough to want                                                               it, even the country that gave the world
                                                  but your lack of understanding about
wholesome meat from animals that have                                                              Wal-Mart can't stay that dumb forever.”
                                                  agriculture. Please clean up your act. We
never been treated wit antibiotics or growth                                                       Galesburg, IL
                                                  have way too many in Congress these days
hormones, and vegetables that have not
                                                  who can't seem to remember to put their          “My husband and I were dumb enough to
been sprayed with toxins to prevent insects.
                                                  brain in gear before engaging their mouth.       join a local community supported
Oh yeah, we're so dumb we refuse to
                                                  We the people are getting really fed up with     agriculture farm this year and not only did
consume irradiated products as well; they
                                                  this juvenile behavior. You need to start        we save money but we got to know our
may have the blessing of Big Ag, hand in
farmers and show our children where their         are you doing to enforce and improve this         me dumb if you like. signed, the dumbo”
food comes from. We have also been dumb           situation?? You're probably beholden to           Seattle, WA
enough to pick our own strawberries at a          large chemical and biotech companies
                                                                                                    “Congratulations on being one of the “Most
nearby farm and head to the hills to pick         instead of to all US citizens, who you
                                                                                                    Uninformed People of the Week” ! How
low bush blueberries and then freeze them.        obviously have no respect for based on your
                                                                                                    does it feel to not have some of the most
Continuing to be dumb we buy our meat,            ignorant comments. We are going to clean
                                                                                                    basic knowledge of agriculture and what it
eggs, orchard fruit and honey from local          House--just you watch!! Americans are sick
                                                                                                    produces? Is it a little embarrassing
farmers. No tainted food, just healthy            and tired of the special interests and when
                                                                                                    perhaps? Might I suggest you take some of
organic fare that supports our neighbors and      they wake up to what's going on with their
                                                                                                    that yummy non-organic food you're eating
cuts down on our carbon footprint while           food, watch out!!”
                                                                                                    to a laboratory and have it tested for just
teaching our children how easy it is.
                                                  “YOU ARE THE DUMB ONE!” Salmon                    how many chemicals, growth hormones
                                                  Arm, BC                                           and/or antibiotics it contains? Bon Appetit!
“Have you ever eaten fresh, organic food?”                                                          Grand Rapids, MI
                                                  "Just because you don't see how people can
Trinidad, CA
                                                  pay higher prices for healthier food, I can't     “Dear Mr. Collin, As House Agriculture
“Please educate yourself on the benefits of       understand how some people can eat at fast-       Committee Chair how could you be so
organic farming and foods. Organic farming        food restaurants 5 times a week. And I bet        ignorant of the benefits of organic foods? I
could save our world enabling enough food         you those fast food junkies are the majority      buy organic food because it is without
to be grown. Also, food grown without             in our country. I don't judge but I sure do       pesticides and chemicals and is superior in
chemicals helps those who eat it be               think that they are doing their bodies a          nutrition. Obviously you don't care to do the
healthier. Chemicals cause cancer and many        disservice and teaching their children            research to understand why people are
other illness that have become so prevalent.      unhealthy eating habits. As for organically       buying organic and what the benefits are,
Read a couple of books or reports put on          grown foods: I'm glad consumers' actions          not only to people but to the environment.
your desk!!”                                      make a difference in this consumer-driven         Yes, you certainly deserve the Organic
                                                  economy! Sincerely, Sandra Gentry”                Consumers Association award for the
“Congratulations for getting the Organic
                                                                                                    Dumbest quote of the week. If you don't
Consumers Association award for the               “The chairman of the House of
                                                                                                    remember the quote I'll refresh your
dumbest quote of the week. You obviously          Representatives agricultural committee says
                                                                                                    memory: Financial Times
don't know the health and environmental           “far be it from me to understand what
                                                                                                    Oct.17,2007” Colville, WA
benefits of eating organic and local. I feel      [organic] is about?” Unbelievable... You
sorry for you!”                                   should turn your chair over to someone who         “Mr. Peterson, you would be doing
                                                  does understand.” Dallas, TX                      yourself and your family a favor if you
“I've heard it said that ignorance is bliss but
                                                                                                    would learn about organics. Nothing beats
I believe it's the wise person that               “There is so much you have to learn about
                                                                                                    having good health." Encinitas, CA
investigates what exactly he is ingesting.        health. Your remark shows just how
Especially if one cares about the state of        ignorant or how “bought and paid for” you         “ Don't be insulting. Do you really want to
their health and well-being!” Sausalito, CA       are. You better become educated and start         be so obviously ignorant?”
                                                  helping the people in the US. Our health is
“Congratulations on receiving the Organic                                                           “Do not call organic consumers “dumb”.
                                                  deteriorating in this country, you better start
Consumers Association award for the
                                                  learning and the sooner the better.”              “I want the federal government to support
dumbest quote of the week! I don't
                                                                                                    organic and grass fed beef farmers. I choose
understand how you qualify for chairing the       “Please please have one of your staff
                                                                                                    to eat this food, even at a higher cost
House Agriculture Committee, but I also           explain to you what organic is and what the
                                                                                                    because I think that pesticides in foods are
don't understand how our representatives in       health research is about the nutritional value
                                                                                                    not healthy for me and my family.”
Washington like yourself can support the          differences, the effect of cumulative
use of our Federal Tax Dollars for obvious        pesticide residue on the human body--the          “Please take the time to learn the value of
corporate externalities.”                         comparative cost of importing foods over          organic and local farming practices. People
                                                  long distances...etc etc Are you really the       are willing to pay more because it's
“Being cheap and dumb is not worth
                                                  chair person of this committee????? would         BETTER for them and for the environment.
                                                  you put dirty gas in your car???? and please      I hated vegetables until I ate organic
"I'm seriously concerned that as the House        please have someone explain to you the            vegetables....they actually have flavor and
chair of the Agriculture Committee, you           difference between organic or biodynamic          I'm not inundating my body with chemicals.
don't appear to be very informed about            farming methods and pesticide use effects         I hope you rethink what you said.”
organic issues. Many of us do not want to         the soils this information is readily
                                                  available well researched and accurate if         “Dear Congressman: If you don't know the
accept food poisoned with chemicals and
                                                                                                    differences and the advantages of local
God knows what kinds of genes spliced into        not distorted by companies like Monsanto
                                                                                                    grass-fed beef and of organically grown
genetically modified crops. You should be         or those only interested in immediate profits
                                                                                                    foods, then it is you who are dumb and you
working to support the growing organic            and ignorant of the natural balances in
                                                                                                    shouldn't be sitting on the Agricultural
sector and making it more affordable for all      nature.....” Rockford, IL
                                                                                                    Committee. Congratulations on the dumbest
citizens. The lack of labeling requirements
                                                  “I would like to pay more for better food to      remark of the week. Willis”
alone is appalling, as well as producers
                                                  keep my family healthier and living longer
cutting corners and trying to pass off their                                                        “Wow you‟re ignorant!”
                                                  and the world a cleaner and friendlier place.
food as organic when it really isn't--what
                                                  I think that is stuff worth paying for. call
“You say that organic agriculture is               support some Con-Agra asshole & the             just have our priorities in the right place.”
growing without government help and that           USDA idiots.”                                   Oakland, CA
is good. Then why doesn't the government
                                                   Your comment to the effect that consumers       “Do you consider it dumb to be limiting
stop subsidizing factory farms? They are
                                                   of organic and locally grown food are dumb      your exposure to cancer causing chemicals
also growing and that's not good - for either
                                                   has to be one of the dumbest statements         and avoiding products that are known to
animals or the environment.” Centerville,
                                                   ever made. I'm constantly amazed at the         cause birth defects? I think not!! Maybe you
                                                   blind ignorance running around the Federal      need to do a bit more research and get
"House Agriculture Committee Chair Collin          Government these days. Maybe you should         educated before you go around claiming
Peterson Sir: Your comment on the use of           educate yourself on the vast amounts of         that people who choose to eat natural, God
organic produce by the American People             science that support the use of organic and     given food are dumb!” Oxnard, CA
shows either your ignorance of good health         locally grown foods and stop listening
                                                                                                   Dear Collin Peterson, Please read the
or your corruption by corporate                    solely to your huge corporate sponsors. A
                                                                                                   following article which will shed light upon
lobbyists...perhaps both? If pesticides were       little education might be just the ticket to
                                                                                                   your uninformed statement regarding
not used on crops we would see a reduction         prevent such dumb statements from issuing
                                                                                                   organic food.
in disease; if rBGH was not used on farm           from your lips in the future.
animals, we would see a reduction in the
                                                   “Your comment regarding organic and             ealth/article2753446.ece Thank you.” San
obesity of the people; if antibiotics were not
                                                   locally grown food was stupid and ignorant.     Antonio, TX
used on farm animals, you would see a
                                                   You should become more aware of today's
reduction in disease. YOU ARE WHAT                                                                 “How can you condone “Junk Food” in
                                                   realities than you seem to be. The 2008
YOU EAT! Pesticides kill...growth                                                                  such a subtle way. My brother died from an
                                                   election is just around the corner, and it
hormones promote growth...overuse of                                                               “Healthy” fast food diet.” Grand Rapids,
                                                   looks as if the Dems are going to win.
antibiotics causes antibiotic immunity!                                                            MI
                                                   Please make yourself more cognizant on
                                                   this subject.” Ancaster, ON                     “I find your comment quite offensive! I bet
                                                                                                   I can guess that your campaigns are funded
                                                   “You say you cannot understand why
“Dear Mr. Peterson, After reading your                                                             by conventional, big business, agriculture.
                                                   people would pay so much for something
comment about me being dumb for buying                                                             Please educate yourself and realize just who
                                                   labeled organic or local. Would the
organic food ... I ... I ... I'm not sure how to                                                   it is that is truly dumb!!”
                                                   converse be true? Would you “understand”
tell you this. Well, let me start simply by
                                                   those people who want to pay less and eat       “Honorable Chairman Representative
saying that I was the president of the Honor
                                                   food that is liberally laced with added         Peterson, “Hallelujah” is perhaps apropos.
Society (Alpha Gamma Signa) at Pasadena
                                                   preservatives, hormones, unnecessary and        One might answer such dismissal as does
City College and got a scholarship to study
                                                   unwanted chemicals, and poisons? That is        Barbara Kingsolver in her Foreword to The
Physics at the University of California at
                                                   an interesting position to take as House Ag     Essential Agrarian Reader: ??I would have
Berkeley. Here I did some outstanding
research that helped Dr Luis Alvarez get a
                                                   Committee Chair. Enjoy your Thanksgiving        hesitated to suggest that one‟s relationship
                                                   meal.”                                          to the land, to consumption and food, is a
noble prize for work with high energy
                                                                                                   religious matter. But it‟s true; the decision
particles. So ... I'm not really dumb. Maybe       “You are what you eat. If you want to buy
                                                                                                   to attend to the health of one‟s habitat and
you meant something else ... but at this           cheap food grown using fossil fuels,
                                                                                                   food chain is a spiritual choice. It‟s also a
point if you think that I'm dumb ... well, I'm     pesticides, chemical fertilizers, far be it
not too sure about YOUR mental capacities                                                          political choice, a scientific one, a personal
                                                   from me to stop you. If you think using our
... so I'll just let it go and say that if you                                                     and a convivial one. It‟s not a choice
                                                   dwindling reserves of petroleum to ship
                                                                                                   between living in the country or the town; it
ever run for anything we're gonna have a           food clear across the country so folks in
                                                                                                   is about understanding that every one of us,
ball with you!!!!” Ocean Park, WA                  your state can have avocados in December
                                                                                                   at the level of our cells and respiration, lives
                                                   is a good use of fuel, you have the right to
"You're Right! Thanks to the USDA --                                                               in the country and is thus obliged to be
                                                   your opinion. I beg to disagree. I am worth
ORGANIC means NOTHING anymore.                                                                     mindful of the distance between ourselves
                                                   more than fast food and twinkies and
The USDA has allowed the “organic                                                                  and our sustenance.? I suppose we could
                                                   pesticide-laden produce. And my values
standards” to be so watered it down that the                                                       look at the Farm Bill as a feed ration
                                                   won't allow me to sink to eating cows that
standards are complete crap these days - all                                                       operation. You wouldn't pay more to feed
                                                   have been standing knee-deep in their own
so some big corporation can make a pretty                                                          your animals, either.” Seattle, WA
                                                   manure in a feedlot being given hormones
penny. Organic is really not much different
from conventional foods anymore. And
                                                   and antibiotics. I am definitely worth way,     “You obviously don't understand the
                                                   way more than that. But if you're not, if       benefit. I understand people didn't do that in
you've taken away the right for States to
                                                   you'd rather eat cheap food than nutritious     the past, but we know better now. Wake
have higher standards of Organic (CA).
                                                   food, if you'd rather not see that the people   up.” Tustin, CA
This government FORCES its people to eat
                                                   who grow the food that feeds you every day
GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS,                                                                        “What is actually dumb is giving billions of
                                                   make a decent wage, then stick with the
meat that is laden with hormones,                                                                  taxpayer dollars to corporate agribusiness.
                                                   cheap stuff. My friends and I are what we
antibiotics and disease. All you care about                                                        Your statement that organic consumers are
                                                   eat, and our worth is reflected in the price
is the bottom dollar -- and that affects                                                           dumb is sad and very telling. One day we
                                                   we're willing to pay for wholesome food. In
Americans. You are doing a POOR JOB of                                                             the people will eliminate the incestuous
                                                   fact, many of us would rather pay more for
keeping our best interests in mind. But at                                                         relationship between corporate lobbyists
                                                   decent food than own a car or a big-screen
least I'll support a local farmer before I
                                                   TV. We're not rich, and we're not elite. We
and elected officials. We will not forget       “Dear Mr. Peterson, Re: your comment             any other government mouthpiece says
you.” Rapid City, SD                            “For whatever reason, people are willing to      anymore and many other people are feeling
                                                pay two or three times as much for               the same way these days. So really, it's
“What kind of a democrat calls buying
                                                something that says 'organic' or 'local'. Far    irrelevant to me what you say. Oh, I always
locally - “dumb” ?! The energy alone that is
                                                be it from me to understand what that's          vote Democrat, but I don't think you're
saved by not having to transport goods
                                                about, but that's reality. And if people are     really any better than Republicans anymore.
cross country is a huge item. I won't even
                                                dumb enough to pay that much then                You've all been bought.,” Denison, TX
get into health issues. You might try to
                                                hallelujah.” As head of the House
educate yourself on these issues before                                                          “Rep. Peterson, I read our comments about
                                                Agricultural Committee you are supposed
making such ignorant statements.” Lopez                                                          people paying higher prices for food that is
                                                to understand the various reasons why
Island, WA                                                                                       not contaminated with chemicals that cause
                                                organic production of food may cost more.
                                                                                                 sickness. How outrageous it is, that our
“I was dumb enough to be invited to present     You should also understand the many
                                                                                                 food supply has been poisoned for agri-biz's
my work on sustainability at a UN               circumstances where manufacturers and
                                                                                                 profits! Respectfully, Norman L. Biegner
sponsored conference last year. Please visit    grocery stores are lax in standards by which
my website and learn what all the dumb          they label products as lax or natural. You
people say about “local” .         should also understand how consumers are         “Collin Peterson we are not dumb! For
And then please explain why you continue        trying to learn about healthy, organic           generations farms have been organic all
to force small and local producers out of       products amidst much variation in                across this great country. I buy from local
business by subsidizing the worst strategies.   terminology. There are times when a person       farmers because its good for me and the
I am now proud to say that I'm a FORMER         pays more than s/he should for a product         community. It wasn't until chemical
Minnesotan. By the way, do you have any         that is not local or organic by standards        companies came into being that we started
plans for 2009?”                                agreed upon by major organics                    poisoning our land, rivers and air and with
                                                organizations. But, consumers are not            that we are poisoning ourselves. It must
 “We the people pay more for organic foods
                                                dumb. They are not acting in dumb ways.          stop.” Kent, OH
because you the politicians are corrupt and
                                                They - we - are trying to learn and trying to
allow big business to poison our foods with                                                      “No pesticides is the answer we pay more
                                                make good health decisions for our
pesticides and other harmful chemicals.         families. For you to say that anything that      you moron.”
Don't call us dumb. I have serious health       makes money for a producer deserves a            "Dear Mr. Peterson, I hope you get to read
issues with allergies to these chemicals. If
                                                'hallelujah' insults consumers, simplifies a     this! I'm from Germany and know the
you did your job, I would not have to worry
                                                situation, absolves producers of their           matter very well. Seems like Monsanto is
so much about the poisons in our food.”
                                                responsibilities and implies to me that you      paying you well. I just want you to think
“If you can subsidize POOR food, then why       may be over-reaching your abilities by           about the value of food. It seems that
not help subsidize GOOD food: there are         being chair of the House Agricultural            CHEAP is something you consider over
numerous studies showing superior nutrient      Committee.” London, ON                           QUALITY. Think about that before saying
content in local and organically grown                                                           something totally wrong, that makes me
                                                “Mr. Peterson.. I don't want to insult you. I
foods. Further, helping establish a more                                                         wonder who is the dump consumer in the
                                                wish you hadn't belittled me. I'm a
local food chain will help offset the affects                                                    end!” Wismar, AL
                                                Democrat (well, actually, right now a
of decreasing energy supplies and of
                                                Green, until the next primary) and, frankly,     “Mr. Peterson, Subsidizing chemicalized
increasing global greenhouse gases.             your derogatory, misinformed and slanted         factory farms for the production of
Nothing “stupid” here.” Everett, WA             comment sounds like something that I hear        genetically modified foods that cause severe
“Dear Mr. Peterson, I beg to differ with you    coming from the mouth of a Republican.           allergies and other health problems is a
over the idiocy of people who seek out and      We're all entitled to our opinions, but before   contra-survival action. It puts Americans'
are willing to pay more for local and           you call people dumb who care enough             health at risk. It creates a large carbon
organic foods. In case you have not been        about their health to be mindful of what         footprint. It fills our waterways with
informed the US food system is full of          they put into their bodies, it would be a        chemicals that turns males into females and
dangerous chemicals as well as genetically      good idea for yourself to become better          turns females sterile. It leads to a lessening
modified foods that have never been tested      educated on the subject. The Organic             of our ability to survive well and prosper. It
in any scientific way (i.e. repeated            Consumers Association website would be a         is against the American way. Supporting
controlled tests on human beings and other      good place to start. another         quality food made locally is pro-survival. It
warm blooded animals). Obviously you are        good source.”                                    helps people survive better and flourish. It
“dumb” enough to trust the FDA, USDA             “Dear Mr. Peterson, If you like to eat          is the American way- at least how our
when they say the US food system is the                                                          founding fathers saw it. Please help move
                                                pesticide laden food, that's fine with me.
safest in the world (as recall #20 for the                                                       agriculture along into a pro-survival
                                                But it's not nice to call people stupid who
autumn is declared this morning) and you                                                         position.”
                                                care about their health. I understand you
seem to be dumb enough to trust the food
                                                politicians get your funding from chemical       “Dear Representative Peterson: Thanks for
corporations. I am not dumb enough to trust     companies and other corporations, but you        labeling me “dumb” for buying organic and
a government who is for the corporation         also get funding from us simple taxpayers,       local foods. Seems to me that you have a
and not the people and as we all know the
                                                and there's no reason to knock those of us       little remedial reading to do this harvest
corporation says Greed is Good and puts
                                                who don't buy into the industrial-               season. You might try Barbara Kingsolver's
share holders well ahead of the health and
                                                government mantra of “eat your poison, it's      “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” for one. I
safety of its' consumers.” Eaton, OH
                                                good for you.” I don't trust anything you or     hope that this quote was an aberration and
that you actually do understand the              check out GMO foods. My daughter did a            well qualified to be Agriculture Committee
importance of local and organic agriculture      report at her high school about this very         Chair. We run a domestic hosiery
to the future of our farming communities         subject. It was very eye opening. You of all      manufacturing operation in North Carolina
and the planet as a whole.” Somerville, MA       people should realize we should be                that employees 200 people. That may not
                                                 informed when we make decisions affecting         make me “too” smart but I do not feel that I
“Congratulations, Mr. Peterson, for winning
                                                 our families health. I have a great idea, get     am “dumb” from buying local natural and
the Organic Consumers Association award
                                                 your wife to research. They are pretty good       organic foods.” Burlington, NC
for the dumbest quote of the week. Maybe
                                                 at it. Men aren't usually as interested. Even
you don't care what you put into your body,                                                        “Dear Sir, I do not PREFER to pay more
                                                 if you never see this note, hopefully
but in a country with a serious obesity                                                            for organic food, I am forced to. I simply
                                                 someone will and I pray it will change their
problem and health care costs skyrocketing                                                         would rather put my money toward my
                                                 lives. Thank you for your time. Odessa, FL
because people are not taking care of their                                                        daily and life-long health and sustenance,
bodies, you should care. The state of our        “With all due respect you are an idiot.           than a little NOW toward something that
society's health affects everyone who ever       Organic foods cost more because they are          fills my belly but doesn't nourish my body
needs medical care. Buying locally helps to      healthy and not laden with chemicals,             and a lot more LATER to the DRUG
reduce the impact on our environment and         preservatives herbicides and pesticides,          companies to keep my body 'alive' but not
supports your community. It's not rocket         hormones and antibiotics. Furthermore             thriving. With all due respect, perhaps YOU
science, Mr. Peterson.”                          organic producers are not federally               just don't GET IT that we are killing
                                                 subsidized like factory farms. As a               ourselves for the sake of filling someone's
“Dear Mr. Peterson: I find it disturbing that
                                                 legislator you should be informed.” Clifton       pockets with PROFIT. Or perhaps you do
a man in your position can make such
                                                 Texas                                             get and that is your goal.”
irrational statements. Choosing organics is
not dumb! it is just the opposite. Removing      “dumb enough to pay that much” ? You              “Dear Sir, Food that is grown in rich soil
pesticides, food additives, and frankenfoods     can't be serious. It's just not profitable for    that is not contaminated with chemical
from our diet has keep us healthy, active,       the big corporations who live off of giving       fertilizers and that is not genetically
doctor free, drug free and mentally acute        the public e-coli and hormone and antibiotic      modified is very important to the American
senior citizens. Perhaps you should give it a    poisoning. And for that the fat cats deserves     public that wants to take care of their
try.” Shokan, NY                                 subsidies so they can get fatter, at the          health. We are tired of being experimented
                                                 expense of our health. Bet you don't eat          upon and want labels put on our food telling
“If you don't know why so many people are
                                                 what the average American has to eat, being       us if something contains genetically
buying organic and local, then you need to
                                                 in a better tax bracket and voting yourselves     modified ingredients. WE WANT FOOD
educate yourself. There are VERY good
                                                 raises. Then there is always the poison you       THAT IS ORGANICALLY GROWN AND
reasons behind it and if you knew more,
                                                 elected officials approve from CHINA!             WANT OUR SOIL RICH IN NATURAL
you might buy it too. I'm very curious how
                                                 Dumb?? Yes someone is, but it's not the           NUTRIENTS. That is not stupid!”
a person with your ignorance and a huge
                                                 organic consumers. A fed up American”
lack of knowledge got to be Chair of the                                                           “Dear Chairman Peterson, I'm writing to
House Agriculture Committee. This just           “Regarding your above quote. You seem to          enlighten you concerning consumers who
blows my mind! ?The greatest ignorance is        be the dumb one, you have obviously not           would be so foolish as to pay more money
to reject something you know nothing             read the numerous reports that indicate           for organically grown food. I am concerned
about? ?The recipe for perpetual ignorance       organically produced food is nutritionally        about the health of my family and the
is: Be satisfied with your opinions and          superior.” Galena, IL                             increase amount of chemical residue found
content with your knowledge.?”                                                                     in the food produced in this country. More
                                                 “Dear Representative Peterson, I'm just
                                                                                                   is not better if it pollutes the environment
“I would like to know why you think it is        writing you because of your recent
                                                                                                   and causes any number of health issues.
dumb to support local businesses rather          statement that it is dumb to pay more for
                                                                                                   Everyone I know has someone dealing with
than large food processors.” Kingston, NY        organic or locally grown food. For one
                                                                                                   cancer issues and most have brought up
                                                 thing, organic food is healthier. For another,
“Organic consumers are dumb? Really? Are                                                           their concern over our chemically saturated
                                                 it is often tastier and, lastly, buying locally
you sure? Do you even read books?                                                                  food. I for one will continue to pay more for
                                                 helps reduce pollution in that you're not
Newspapers? There are so many reasons                                                              food and pray that our elected
                                                 shipping food all over the country on big
why organic is better that I can begin to list                                                     representatives vote for the health and
                                                 polluting trucks. I'm sure that you will get
them. And you think it's dumb? I don't                                                             welfare of the people rather than big
                                                 many emails about why buying organic is
know what state elected you, but it's not a                                                        business.”
                                                 not dumb. In fact, for the health of
place that I would want to live. And let me
                                                 consumers and the environment, it is              “You think we are “dumb” because we
just guess who put you on the agricultural
                                                 actually very smart.” Morgantown, WV              don't want food that is processed, full of
                                                                                                   corn syrup, full of e-coli, full of who knows
                                                 “Mr. Peterson, From your comments it does
“Dear Mr. Peterson, I too used to be like                                                          what? You have the gall to call your
                                                 not sound like you fairly represent the Farm
you. Before you make a statement out of                                                            constituents “dumb” . Good luck with that.
                                                 Community or the US population. I hope
ignorance, do the research. I imagine you                                                          New York, NY
                                                 you are not yet another typical professional
are an educated man. Please be open
                                                 bureaucrat. My family and I enjoy the             “Organic and locally harvested food tastes
because the future of America is in the
                                                 benefits and differences of many natural          better, has more nutrition, and doesn't
hands of the government all too often. We
                                                 and organic foods. If you are unable to tell      contaminate our drinking water. The really
need more informed people in a position
                                                 the difference in natural foods and               dumb thing is to spend my taxpayers dollars
such as yours to help. To get started just
                                                 “enhanced” foods then you are not very            subsidizing heavily polluting, conventional
farming that produces food seriously            head out of the corporate profit machine         of our local economies. Did you ever stop
deficient in nutrients. Either give me my       that can pad your war-chest, but do little for   to think that maybe some of us are willing
taxes back to spend on real food or shift the   what is right and may not necessarily            to pay more because ultimately it's the right
subsidies from conventional to organic          profitable. This from Massachusetts,             thing to do for our country?” Denmark, ME
farmers!” Newton, MA                            WHERE IT ALL BEGAN!” Townsend,
                                                                                                 “Support local and organic farmers!”
“Dear Mr. Peterson, I am alarmed by your                                                         Pontotoc, MS
quote “For whatever reason, people are          “Yes, I do make a personal choice to pay
                                                                                                 “Dear Collin, With all due respect, publicly
willing to pay two or three times as much       more for products that are healthier for me
                                                                                                 suggesting that you have no
for something that says 'organic' or 'local'.   and for the planet! What a limited view
                                                                                                 idea/understanding of why consumers want
Far be it from me to understand what that's     when you look at the money at the register
                                                                                                 to avoid pesticides in their food and want to
about, but that's reality. And if people are    only!!”
                                                                                                 support local farms instead of heavily-
dumb enough to pay that much then
                                                “Foods with pesticides, insecticides, etc.       polluting global produce trade is an
hallelujah.” As Chairman of the
                                                Are scientifically proven to poison human        indication that you are genuinely out of
Agricultural Committee it is your duty to
                                                bodies. So, since you are the head of the        touch with what really matters to people -
understand why consumers would pay more
                                                house ag committee, you should be                and therefore your position as a
for local and organic foods. Each time we
                                                ashamed of yourself (and I‟m sure you're         “representative” of the people should be
make a purchase we support our local
                                                not) that you have no clue what organic is       subject to question. As I'm sure you know,
farmers and those who chose to produce
                                                all about and why people desire it. This is      there are thousands of pesticides in use by
food without chemicals and hormones. If
                                                truly disrespectful, and thus you are not a      non-organic growers, the vast majority of
that makes us “dumb” then I am very proud
                                                true leader. And like the rest of congress,      which have never been tested by the FDA
to be part of that group.”
                                                you do not deserve to lead our country,          (or by any regulatory body). Many
“Please do not characterize me and my           since you are not leading anyhow, you live       pesticides have been scientifically
family as being “dumb” for selecting            in the past times. You are wasting our time      demonstrated to have all sorts of harmful
organic food. Such uninformed comments          and precious resources, destroying our soil      effects to humans and other creatures,
do little service to public discourse - and,    and other resources for future generations,      especially to farm workers exposed daily to
frankly, makes you look the fool. Also          you all are arrogant and not being held          their application to crops but also to
please do nothing to further enhance the        accountable. You should all step down from       everyone who eats the crops and uses water
lock that the farming lobby has on federal      congress immediately.” Fairfield, IA             contaminated by pesticide runoff.
money. If it must exist because you can't                                                        Regarding the local movement, I don't see
                                                “Dear Congressman Peterson, I am
afford to give up your political payoffs,                                                        how you could fail to understand that value
                                                saddened that a fellow Minnesotan with
then at least give the same percentage to the                                                    of supporting farmers in one's extended
                                                political power would be so ignorant of the
organic side of the house. And, again, stop                                                      community, as well as the (perhaps even
                                                benefits of sustainable (i.e. local and
offending me with your thoughtless and ill-                                                      greater) value of reducing the many forms
                                                organic) agriculture. You said, “people are
informed comments. Thanks.” Madison,                                                             of pollution associated with long-distance
                                                willing to pay two or three times as much
VA                                                                                               transport of food. Please educate yourself if
                                                for something that says 'organic' or 'local'.
                                                                                                 you expect to keep your position as
"Dear Mr. Collin Peterson,3 The comments        Far be it from me to understand what that's
                                                                                                 chairman of the House agricultural
you made about organic product indicate to      about, but that's reality. And if people are
                                                                                                 committee. Brooklyn, NY
me that your are completely unqualified for     dumb enough to pay that much then
your position as Chairman of the                hallelujah.” I hope you will educate             “Collin, Some may think that you are dumb
agricultural committee. Please do yourself      yourself before speaking further to the          for not caring what you put in your body.
and the American people you “supposedly”        public. Portland, ME                             Maybe you like pesticides and growth
serve a favor and do some research before                                                        hormones and antibiotics and gm foods, but
                                                “Well I have to say it is amazing how we
you open your ignorant mouth again. Largo,                                                       I don't. To each his own.” Peshtigo, WI
                                                continue to elect uneducated morons to our
                                                government without any thought as to how         “Dear Congressman Peterson, Such an
“Good healthy locally grown food is the         they will use their power. Congratulations       interesting quote in the Financial Times.
true American way of the farmer, NOT the        on making yourself look like a complete          Perhaps you ought to check your facts
industrialized, commercialized, pesticide       idiot.” Albany, GA                               before spouting off. Organic produce and
laden, stock trade profit conscious, industry                                                    meat, and by this I mean true organics--not
                                                “I find myself shaking my head in utter
it has become. I for one will always                                                             big ag, sham “organics” --have more
                                                despair that a representative of the
patronize the local farmer, albeit organic or                                                    nutrition. If you would bother reading on
                                                agricultural committee simply doesn't get it.
simply locally grown. You Sir, need to pay                                                       the subject or even watching the news (the
                                                First of all, buying locally often means
attention to the ever growing movement in                                                        BBC reported that organics provide more
                                                paying LOWER prices than in the
this country and indeed among most of the                                                        nutrition just this week) then you would
                                                supermarket. Additionally, farmers'
world that has declared war on leaving a                                                         understand that higher vitamin content,
                                                markets, farm stands, and community
polluted world to our children and grand                                                         essential fatty acids and more enzymes
                                                supported agricultural farms offer fresher
children. You seem to have survived the                                                          create a product that provides increased
                                                produce, the proceeds of which remain in
voting process long enough to hold a senior                                                      health benefit. Perhaps your years of
                                                the local economy, AND the added cost and
leadership position, to that end, I urge you                                                     starving your brain on conventional, low-
                                                pollution of trucking is eliminated. Yes,
to look at the world from the “common                                                            vitamin content food have left you devoid
                                                sometimes the price tag is lower at Wal-
people's” perspective and get your hand and                                                      of reason or incapable of understanding
                                                Mart, but so is the quality and the support
scientific studies. Your latest comments        grocery stores, but from small farmers who       “Sir: The most affective way for we
leave little room for doubt. Wishing you        care about how they farm.”                       Americans to take back our democracy is
better mental health”                                                                            support local/sustainable farms and
                                                “Dear Mr. Peterson; Your comments on Not
                                                                                                 businesses. Providing these foods for my
“Your lack of intelligence scares me. How       understanding why people would buy local
                                                                                                 children is one of the “smartest” things I
someone like you could possibly be in a         or organic food and pay a premium are
                                                                                                 have done. The “dumb” thing to do is
position of such importance to the health       astoundingly short sighted and frankly
                                                                                                 continuing to support high pollution
and well being of the American people is        confusing, especially for someone who
                                                                                                 producing agribusiness. How about being a
beyond me.”                                     chairs the agriculture department.
                                                                                                 leader for your community, rather than
                                                Obviously you have no idea or
“Sir, I am not dumb. I care about my health                                                      being a lobbyist for big agribusiness!”
                                                understanding of the movement we the
and the health of the planet that we live on.
                                                people are involved in getting food from         “Dear Mr. Peterson, If supporting local and
Even if you are comfortable consuming
                                                people we know and trust. How did you get        organic produce is dumb, then my husband
pesticides, herbicides, and genetically
                                                appointed to the chair with such a short         and I (with an MD and two Ph.D.s between
modified organisms, they are making
                                                sighted vision? this “dumb” consumer pays        us) must be real idiots. Or perhaps DUMB
environmental problems for all.” Phoenix,
                                                more because I want my money to stay in          means Doing Unbelievably Mindful
                                                the state in which the product is grown. I       Buying. That must be the answer since
“If you have not taken the time to              want the money to help an American farmer        buying locally supports local citizens and
understand why folks may care whether           stay in business , not to go to a broker or a    buying organic means putting healthier food
their food is “organic” or “local” than it      conglomerate in Mexico, Chile, china or          on the table for our family. Yes, we are
appears you are the dumb one. Go join the       where ever. I want security in knowing my        willing to pay more in order to keep our
Republicans.”                                   food is not tainted. Sir I would challenge       family and our nation healthier and to
                                                you to make it your business to know and         support others doing the right thing. I'm
“End the federal JACKASS SUBSIDY. Hit           understand what the American people who          sorry, I thought that was part of what being
the road, jack; see you on K Street.”
                                                elected you really want, your job is to be in    a Democrat was all about. Guess I really am
Philadelphia, PA
                                                touch with that and work towards making it       dumb since I didn't realize you were a
“You're lucky enough to represent a savvy,      easier and better for our farmers!!!. Sir I am   DINO. P.S. Congratulations on getting the
knowledge group of people, and you should       glad you are not representing me in NC, I        Organic Consumers Association award for
talk to them about buying local and organic     certainly would not cast my vote for             the dumbest quote of the week.” Avondale
before you decide who's dumb.”                  someone who doesn't even understand my           Estates, GA
                                                view point let alone represent it.” Durham,
“Dear Congressman Peterson, I am a Phi                                                           “Mr. Peterson, your uninformed remarks
Beta Kappa graduate from the University of                                                       maligning the value of safe, nutritious
Virginia. I think that indicates that at some   “My family of five lives on my husband's         organic food are an embarrassment to me
level I am not “dumb.” For the past 5 years     social security disability paycheck. My          and to educated persons who know the
I have put much effort into seeking out high    youngest son is autistic and whenever I try      value and need for a safe, non-toxic food
quality, local, organic, pasture-based          to work outside the home my husband's            source.”
farmers in order to get high quality, great-    body cannot keep up with a family's
                                                                                                 Mr. Peterson, You should be embarrassed
tasting, nutrient-dense, food without           schedule. I would love to be able to buy
                                                                                                 that you are so easily influenced by big
chemical or antibiotic residue. I don't have    organic local food. Our processed food
                                                                                                 agriculture's political donations to your
the time to educate you on the wide-ranging     system is diseasing and killing our nation.
                                                                                                 campaigns. Your comments make you look
benefits of eating organic, local and           We know the truth and we feel a strong
                                                                                                 ignorant. Please take the time to educate
pasture-based. But I will refer you to the      responsibility to future generations to
                                                                                                 yourself. Thank you,” Portland, OR
Oct/Nov 2007 issue of Mother Earth News         reduce the toxins increasingly building in
where they tested eggs from 14 pastured         our systems each generation. If you would        “Sir: Congratulations on your dumbest
flocks at an accredited laboratory in Oregon    like to continue being elected, I suggest you    quote of the week award from the Organic
for their nutrient content. Happily for me,     notice Americans are becoming very               Consumers Assn. Some of us actually
eggs that I buy locally were one of those       concerned with our current way of life.”         CARE what we put in our mouths.
tested! Compared to the nutritional value of                                                     Pesticides and other chemicals just don't
                                                “So, Senator Peterson, Those of us who are
eggs from confined chickens, the eggs I eat                                                      taste very good. I may not be rich (like the
                                                willing to drive an older car than you drive
provide: 7.6 times more vit E 2/3 more Vit                                                       chemical companies you represent) but I am
                                                and have less cash in our pockets than you
A 7.6 times more beta-carotene 3.2 times                                                         smart enough to know what's good for me.”
                                                have so that a few more acres of land are
more omega-3s And guess what?! The eggs                                                          Salem, OR
                                                not being turned into chemical waste dumps
I buy cost neither 3.2 nor 7.6 times more
                                                are stupid. Thanks for demonstrating what a      “Mr. Collin Peterson, why aren't you
expensive! I think I'm a savvy consumer
                                                greed driven short sighted idiot you are.        investigating why many of us are willing to
getting a bargain for the amount of nutrition
                                                You've saved me a lot of time and trouble.       pay more for organic, local food? Your
I'm getting. And, no salmonella has ever
                                                From now on, you can be my red flag. If          words make me wonder about your ability
been found in my farmer's eggs as well. I       you come out in favor of something or get        to think beyond your familiarity zone.”
am not a great cook, but I buy great food,      behind a candidate, I'll know exactly where      Santa Fe, NM
and when I have guests they always
                                                to position myself. For those of us who
comment on how delicious the food is.                                                            “Dear Sir: I would like to take a moment to
                                                really try to walk the walk, it can be hard to
That's because great food isn't found at                                                         explain to why I choose to pay more for
                                                sort through the greed driven. You have
                                                                                                 organic and grass fed items. The factory
                                                made my life one idiot easier.” Elgin, IL
farming method repulses me. Not only is          local/organic food versus mainstream            organically is better for the land and for the
the squalid living conditions of these           agriculture”                                    environment. You just insulted many
animals deplorable, but the steroids,                                                            people who care for our land and our future.
                                                 “Sir, you are a total moron. How people as
antibiotics, pesticides and herbicides used                                                      Thanks for nothing.”
                                                 incredibly ignorant as you make it into the
in factory farmer are not meant for human
                                                 government is beyond belief.”                   "Collin, If you'd like to see dumb first
consumption. I do not want to consume
                                                                                                 hand.....just look in the mirror or you way
poison. Have you noticed that cancer,            “Collin Peterson: Would you pay more to
                                                                                                 too busy stuffing your pockets with money
allergies, autism, and a host of other           feed your children/grandchildren safe
                                                                                                 from special interest groups? I can't imagine
maladies are on the increase since the USA       meals? Or do you bargain-hunt only to find
                                                                                                 that an educated man could actually believe
started factory farming? Not to mention          your family is eating e-coli infected peanut
                                                                                                 those word. Take some time an really learn
what is happening to the family farm and         butter, hormone-treated meat or pesticide-
                                                                                                 what is in our food supply and if you don't
the environment. My hope is one day our          infused vegetables? If you would actually
                                                                                                 change your mind....well then I know for
representatives in Congress will choose the      support organic farmers' businesses, these
                                                                                                 sure who the dumb on is. Wichita, KS
health of the American people over the           would thrive and we could all get the best
profits of big agricultural. Organic             products for the best prices.” Austin, TX       “Wow, when I read your quote about
consumers are not dumb. Stow, MA”                                                                buying organic or local, I thought you
                                                  “Congratulations on winning the OCA
                                                                                                 would be another Republican unwilling to
“Mr. Peterson - It's an embarrassment to         Award for the dumbest quote of the week.
                                                                                                 look outside his narrow box. Was I
know that a Minnesota Congressperson             And I hope that you and your family remain
                                                                                                 surprised to see you are Democrat AND
could be so uneducated as to make the            healthy after consuming all the genetically
                                                                                                 from Minnesota, a state I've always envied
comment about people who buy organic or          altered, pesticide embedded food that you
                                                                                                 on their progressive attitudes. I've always
local produce. All I can assume is that you      prefer to eat on the cheap. If you would
                                                                                                 wanted to live in Minnesota where my
are a very close friend of a multi-national      help fund this preferable way of farming, it
                                                                                                 husband is from instead of truly
corporate agribusiness and have not yet          might not be so expensive.”
                                                                                                 Neanderthal Texas where W. Bush hails
read any of the literature about the threat of
                                                 “As a publicly elected official, it is YOUR     from. So from your quote what you can also
pesticides and herbicides to human health,
                                                 JOB to LEARN why people behave the way          be translated as saying is, if one could buy
or the costs involved (greenhouse gases and
                                                 that they do in your state and in your          two pills - one barely works but is really
foreign oil) to shipping food around the
                                                 country. THANK YOU for letting us know          cheap, the other which is two to three times
world, when we can buy it locally. Or
                                                 that you are either too obtuse or too lazy to   as costly but is more likely to produce a
maybe you don't have any small farmers in
                                                 do so.” Pueblo, CO                              cure, you'd choose the cheaper. The only
your district who are trying to farm in a
                                                                                                 thing this tells me, however, is that you are
more sustainable manner. Shame on you.”          “Dear Mr. Peterson, I understand that you
                                                                                                 in the pocket of big agriculture. You do not
Willow River, MN                                 think people willing to pay more for food
                                                                                                 care about people just about money.
“I purchase only organic foods and most of       that has no chemicals, no pesticides, and is    Therefore, you are not stupid just without
that from local sources and I am not dumb.       non-genetically modified or irradiated, are     morals. Houston, TX
                                                 dumb. I think people who are willing to
I am a cancer survivor and very concerned
                                                 purchase and eat chemical and pesticide         “People are willing to pay so much for food
about what chemicals, additives, hormones
                                                 laden, genetically modified and irradiated      that IS organic because they know two main
I put in my body. I am offended by your
                                                 food stuff at any price, are uneducated as to   things: that the animals were treated
comment and I will continue to educate
                                                 the myriad of human health and                  humanly and that the animals were fed all
others about the benefit of locally grown
                                                 environmental problems that these products      natural foods--CHEMICAL FREE! The
organic foods.”
                                                 cause. The reason our family started eating     better statement is that you are “dumb” for
“Plain and simple, you should give up your       almost 100% organic is that we read about       not caring about those things!” Washington,
chairmanship. You have no idea what you          the benefits of eating this way. Among          DC
are talking about when it comes to               other things, now we rarely get sick, we feel
                                                                                                 "Rep Collins - I'm a native from Roswell so
agriculture and you certainly don't have any     better, look better, and are doing some part
                                                                                                 I know it very sunny and bright down there
idea what you are talking about when it          to help the planet be less polluted. Know
                                                                                                 in your great state. This can make it hard to
comes to consumer concerns over food             anyone who's died of cancer? Ever
                                                                                                 see in the glare sometimes. I assume this is
safety.” Clinton, WA                             considered that maybe it had something to
                                                                                                 why the voters in your state cannot see your
                                                 do with eating chemicals and pesticides? It's
“Here is some reality. I am willing to “pay”                                                     pro-big business, Republican stripes in the
                                                 something to think about. Please consider
to protect my children and myself from the                                                       sun. It would otherwise appear that it is the
                                                 doing your homework before making public
known to be toxic chemicals allowed to be                                                        good citizens of the state of New Mexico
                                                 statements that make you look, well, kinda
sprayed on produce and then fed to                                                               that are mentally challenged sufficient to
                                                 dumb. Best regards”
livestock. It would be better for our                                                            elect the likes of you. My parents are still
society's medical cost burden if everything      “Shouldn't you be aware of NUTRITION in         alive and well down there (eating organic
was grown organically.” Crescent Springs,        your position? Where do pesticides,             and local produce almost their whole lives)
KY                                               chemicals and cancer-causing additives in       but I will be sure to let them know how
                                                 agriculture benefit the population? Quantity    stupid you think they are. I'll also make sure
“Mr. Peterson, I take offense at your
                                                 is no substitute for quality.” Clinton, WA      they let the local small truck and organic
comment that I am dumb to purchase local
                                                                                                 farmers know how lucky they are to have
and organic food. I would respectfully           “I can't believe you said what you did about
                                                                                                 such idiots living near them. Davis, CA
suggest that you do some research on             organic produce. Producing food
"I really don't appreciate it when I am          “Dear Congressman, I write in response to         people like you are running this country.
insulted by representatives that are paid        your statement that says the farm sector that     Please know the facts before you act on any
(very well, I might add) with my tax             raises organic produce and grass-fed beef         issue. Period. Sincerely, and with great
dollars. You've also managed to insult some      for local consumers needs little federal help.    concern” Brooklyn, NY
large proportion of your constituents and        “It is growing, and it has nothing to do with
                                                                                                   “Hmmmmmm it seems that people like you
for that I congratulate you. If you think        the government, and that is good,” you told
                                                                                                   should be calling anyone dumb?? People
organic and local food are not worth it, then    the Financial Times. “For whatever reason,
                                                                                                   who live in glass houses shouldn't throw
don't buy them--that's the beauty of the free    people are willing to pay two or three times
                                                                                                   rocks. I rather see my family eat foods that
market. I'm sure I could have a thing or two     as much for something that says 'organic' or
                                                                                                   are TRUELY grown organically, then the
to say about how you spend your money,           'local'. Far be it from me to understand what
                                                                                                   food the USDA deems safe. My children‟s
but it simply doesn't concern me. I would        that's about, but that's reality. And if people
                                                                                                   health and safety are very important to me.
appreciate the same courtesy from you.”          are dumb enough to pay that much then
                                                                                                   Is that dumb??” Canon City, CO
Upper Arlington, OH                              hallelujah.” Perhaps sir, it is you who is
                                                 dumb for not recognizing the great harm           “If you don't know the value of organic or
"Dear Senator Peterson, You are as
                                                 you are causing with the Farm Bill's              locally obtained produce, I don't know why
transparent as a jellyfish! You are so clearly
                                                 misguided subsidies for corporate                 you are on the house agriculture committee
in the pocket of the big money interests
                                                 controlled agriculture and factory farms.         chair. Organic and local produce provides a
who control the industrial food system, it is
                                                 Taxpayer funded subsidies on commodity            greater health and economic benefit. I'm
sickening! I hope you can sleep at night.
                                                 crops like corn and soybeans are expensive,       ashamed that you don't this!” Park Ridge,
Please visit
                                                 harmful, and environmentally destructive.         IL Maybe
                                                 They have the effect of causing hunger and
you'll learn something.” Roblin, MB                                                                “Dear Mr. Peterson, I find it hard to believe
                                                 poverty in developing nations, polluting our
                                                                                                   the someone of your stature cannot see the
“Mr. Peterson, Organic Consumers are not         soil and water, and causing an unfair system
                                                                                                   benefits of organic and local farming. First
dumb. Most are very well educated and            which rewards big corporations while
                                                                                                   of all the farther food has to travel to your
well read. Maybe you should become a             punishing family farmers. You ought to be
                                                                                                   family's table, the more fuel has to be used
little more well read and find out what is in    ashamed of yourself for insulting organic
                                                 and local consumers while promoting such          creating more pollution and adding to our
the food you eat and feed to your family.
                                                                                                   dependence on foreign oil. Second using
You will probably then realize how “dumb”        an atrocious policy which serves as a
                                                                                                   mass quantities of pesticides and inorganic
your comment was and how uneducated              detriment to this great nation. Rather than
                                                                                                   fertilizers not only pollutes our ground
you are on the organic and local food            insult real farmers who produce real food
                                                                                                   water and local eco-systems but also
movement. However, if the government             for real people, your policies favor
                                                                                                   pollutes your own body as these chemicals
keeps watering down the organic standards        corporate controlled interests who push
                                                 commodity crops down the throats of               are digested through your non-organic
by selling out to lobbyist and Wal-Mart,
                                                                                                   foods and your polluted ground water. Our
“organic” will become meaningless and            factory farmed animals. As the chairman of
                                                                                                   future generations will be unable to thrive if
buying locally from farmers will become          the House Agricultural Committee, you
                                                                                                   we continue down the polluted path.”
the only nutritional and safe source of food     ought to be more educated on these issues,
in our nation. Have you asked yourself why       and seek to understand rather than insult an      It is unbelievable that the chairman of the
cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease     industry that is growing without                  House of Representatives agricultural
are so rampant in our country? Could it          government assistance, even as government         committee would publicly say that buying
possibly be the chemicals on the produce         supported conventional agriculture                food locally or organic is 'dumb'. It is easy
and in the meat? Could it be all of the          continues to destroy our planet and those         to see that you have well paid for your
chemicals and processed ingredients in the       who live on it. Lastly, congratulations on        words. It is also easy to see that you have
packaged food on the shelf? Why is it that       receiving the Organic Consumers                   not done your homework. I strongly suggest
flour that has been bleached, processed and      Association award for dumbest quote of the        that you now publicly apologize and retract
had chemicals added is less expensive than       week. I sincerely hope that this award will       that statement which is not only untrue it is
whole wheat flour that has no processing or      help you to wake up to the realities of our       a gross disservice to your constituents and
additives? Seems a little backwards doesn't      failing farm system and seek a deeper and         the rest of the country.
it? So please educate yourself and help          more holistic understanding of our
                                                 agricultural policies and their effects, rather   “It's sad that you care so little for the future
clean up our food supply instead of selling
                                                 than continue with taxpayer subsidized            of our children, country and planet that you
out to the big company lobbyists. Houston,
Texas” Houston, TX                               'business as usual' as represented by the         fail to understand the benefit of organically
                                                 House version of the Farm Bill. I would           grown food or the way buying local foods
“I don't want to eat chemicals. Neither do I                                                       can help decrease our dependence on
                                                 welcome any opportunity to further share
want them spoiling the water we drink and                                                          foreign oil. It may not be the complete
                                                 my thoughts on these matters with you,
the land we use. This is not dumb! This is                                                         answer, but it helps, which is obviously
                                                 should you wish not to receive this award
being a good steward. And further, buying        again in the future. Chicago, IL                  more than you're willing to do. What a
close to home not only ensures freshness                                                           shame that the Democratic Leadership
and saves transportation costs, it provides      “Dear Mr. Peterson, Are you really that           wasted its opportunity to put someone with
jobs in the local economy instead of China.      ignorant when it comes to organic                 even a modicum of vision for the future in
Again, this is not stupid! Please reconsider     foods/produce and the effects and positive        your position. Former Minnesota resident.”
your comments. Thank you.”                       benefits that it produces for ones health and
                                                 for the environment? It's such a huge             “Dear Rep. Peterson, I take issue with your
                                                 concern to me, along with many others, that       characterization of those who support
organic and local agriculture as “dumb.” It     “has nothing to do with the government” ;         intelligence that the people who eat that
is little wonder that substantive farm bill     how about that same attitude for the huge         kind of food (you) have. Some people have
reform is so elusive when the chair of the      agri-businesses that currently get the lion's     no choice because of government greed. I
House agriculture committee impugns the         share of government subsidies? Would they         hope you never have any serious health
intelligence of people like me. We actually     be able to prosper? How about we find out?        problems as a result, but that is wishful
pay premium prices to keep small farms          Then we really would have a more level            thinking”
afloat in our communities, and to advance       playing field for the small family farms to
                                                                                                  “I can't believe you are the chair of the
environmentally sound agriculture, because      come back from the bring of extinction. On
                                                                                                  Agriculture Committee. God help us all.
we know that the federal government is          that note, I am completely opposed to
                                                                                                  Apparently you know nothing about the
entrenched in a system that has dismantled      NAIS. Again, why are agri-businesses
                                                                                                  issues of factory farming. So how did such
the true safety net for family farmers while    essentially exempt? And, if it's about
                                                                                                  a glib, thoughtless person get to be chair of
supporting policies that favor concentration    PREVENTING food-borne illnesses, let's
                                                                                                  this committee? Gee, let me guess.”
in agriculture and the food sector. Far from    actually PREVENT them -- no more
being “dumb,” I am using my food dollars        animals living in their own feces, no more        “Dear Mr. Collins, You might want to do a
to support an agriculture in my community       processing plants so contaminated with            little more research before opening your
that advances the environmental benefits of     feces that the carcasses need up to 40            mouth next time. It is the same ignorance
open space, floodwater detention, aquifer       chlorine baths... What are you getting out of     that you display with your comments that
recharge and wildlife habitat, and the          this deal? It must be pretty good for you to      has caused the food in America to become
human benefits of tasty fresh nutrient-dense    turn your back on your neighbors and their        more chemicals than nourishment in the
foods, while providing a decent living for      sustainable family farms. Let's be clear:         past 50 years.” Denver, CO
farmers, including ones who sell at the         agri-businesses, with their absentee-
farmers market where I am a volunteer           landlords, are NOT farms. Minnesota has a         “Conventional potatoes have over 900
board member. I want my two-year-old son        proud agricultural past build on the backs of     pesticides, herbicides, chemicals etc on
                                                                                                  them. Why would I choose to eat them?
to grow up around people who work the           the hard-working family farms. I would
                                                                                                  Why would I choose to eat GMO's after
land and to have the opportunity to visit       suggest reading “The Omnivore's
                                                                                                  reading “Seeds of Deception” ? The list is
working farms. Not because all small-scale      Dilemma” which nicely connects the dots
farmers are perfect. No, it's because I find    of America's food options. Thanks for your        endless on conventional farm produce and
that being in the silence on the land every     time.”                                            meat. However, I am sure someone can
                                                                                                  supply you with a list, hey, just go to any
once in awhile helps you figure out what's
                                                “Congratulations on getting the Organic           supermarket.”
really dumb.” Tacoma, WA
                                                Consumers Association award for the
                                                                                                  “I guess I'm pretty dumb. I didn't realize,
“Honorary Committee Chair Collin                dumbest quote of the week. So little you
                                                                                                  what with a master's degree, a working
Peterson, I suggest that you take a more        really know about healthy eating.”
thoughtful look at why many consumers are                                                         scientific professional, a wife, and mother
                                                “Rep. Collin Peterson: Sir: Do you have           of two young children. I actually thought I
willing to pay higher prices for organic and
                                                children? Perhaps you have grandchildren?         was pretty smart for wanting to protect my
locally grown products. The ground-swell
                                                Well, we “dumb” organic food producers            family from chemical-laced foods. Now I
of organic products in the marketplace
                                                and consumers are THE significant counter         know I'm dumb for apparently waiting
meeting the growing number of consumers
                                                force trying to protect this planet against the   money. Thanks for setting me straight!”
who insist on these products, is not 'dumb'
                                                destructive corporate forces who put present      Redding, CA
but rather a clear vote in favor of
                                                profits above the future of mankind, trying
sustainable agriculture. Most people agree
                                                to make it a livable, even healthy, place for     “Dear Mr. Peterson, I don't believe you are
that they want a farming system to provide                                                        really dumb - however, you are very
                                                your offspring. Congratulations on
goods that do not pollute the soil, the water                                                     ignorant regarding farming and real food.
                                                considering us “dumb!” (C. S. Lewis once
table, our children, nor farm workers either                                                      As House Agriculture Committee Chair, I
                                                said that when we hear a person claim there
here in the US or in any other country, and                                                       think you should become more informed
                                                is an invisible man in a nearby chair, we
are willing to pay for it if the have the                                                         about the benefits of organic farming/foods
                                                learn more about the person than we do
means. People do actually care that what                                                          and supporting our local farmers.” Cary,
                                                about the chair.)” Cottonwood, CA
they put in their bodies is good for them and                                                     NC
good for the planet! I would also suggest       “Why is big agri-business getting all the
that you be on this wave of growing                                                               A BRIEF HISTORY OF MONSANTO
                                                breaks and all your support? Is Monsanto
consumer awareness and public education                                                           AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT 1991:
                                                the lord and master of the farm lands? I
rather than protect an out-dated and            hope not! And I hope for your good health         Margaret Miller was appointed Deputy
unhealthy system of agri-business.              and the health of your family that you are        Director of FDA by George Bush Sr. She
Respectfully,” Ketchum, ID                                                                        oversaw the approval of the genetically
                                                choosing to eat organically grown and non-
                                                                                                  engineered growth hormone rBGH. Prior to
                                                GMO foods. It is the little man, the
“I grew up in small farming communities in                                                        the appointment, she was one of Monsanto's
                                                individual, who you are sworn to represent.
Minnesota. We moved a couple times as my                                                          top scientists developing rBGH. At the
                                                Please do so through your actions and your
father is a Pastor. When we couldn't drink                                                        FDA, she approved the same rBGH studies
                                                support. Please support the small farmer.”
the water from our own wells because of                                                           she previously led at Monsanto. 1991: A
chemical contamination from mono-crops          “Dear Mr. Peterson, You sure have a lot to        right-wing extremist, Clarence Thomas,
“inputs” it made me wonder what we were         learn about how much better organic food is       was appointed to the Supreme Court,
eating along with our food. You say it's        as opposed to chemically treated,                 despite nationwide opposition. Prior to his
good that the growing organic movement          genetically altered produce and the lack of       appointment, Thomas was a lawyer for
Monsanto, a notorious chemical polluter          your corporate board room chums could            “Congratulations for having won the
and ag biotech promoter. Thomas would            ever dream about. Or are you too busy            Organic Consumers' Association “Dumb
later cast the decisive vote in 2000 on the      golfing with your pals”                          Quote of the Week” award! If you want to
Supreme Court, ratifying the stolen election                                                      see REALLY DUMB, though, look around
                                                 “Dear Mr. Peterson, I am one of the
that put George Bush Jr. into office. 1992:                                                       you and see the subsidies being given to
                                                 “dumb” organic consumers you referred to
Michael Taylor was appointed FDA's                                                                unhealthy, fast and junk food manufacturers
                                                 in your statement the other day. What I
Deputy Commissioner for Policy, a role                                                            and growers. If you didn't believe that
                                                 think is dumb is that our government
created to expedite the approval process of                                                       organic was real, why does the USDA
                                                 subsidizes crops and food policy that are
genetically engineered foods. Prior to his                                                        spend SO MUCH to suppress, destroy and
                                                 making America fat and sick. By getting the
appointment, Taylor was an attorney for                                                           damage organic agriculture? DUMB is
                                                 chemicals out of our food, supporting small,
Monsanto. Taylor went on to become                                                                doing away with the family farm at the
                                                 local farmers, and subsidizing fresh, organic
Monsanto's Vice-President. 1993: Rufus                                                            behest of agribusiness concerns only
                                                 produce rather than feed-lot quality corn
Yerxa was nominated as U.S. deputy to the                                                         interested in their own bottom line, never
                                                 and other commodities, the Farm Bill could
World Trade Organization. Prior to his                                                            the quality or healthfulness of the food they
                                                 alleviate, if not resolve, the national health
appointment as one of the most powerful                                                           provide. You fit RIGHT IN!” Carmel, CA
                                                 crisis. Please educate yourself about organic
bureaucrats in the world regarding
                                                 produce and health-supporting nutrition          “Congratulations, Collin Peterson
international trade policies, Rufus was
                                                 practices, and discontinue the devastating       (Democrat, MN) for getting the Organic
Monsanto's Chief Counsel. 1996: Michael
                                                 practice of bowing to big business to            Consumers Association award for the
Kantor was appointed U.S. Secretary of
                                                 determine national farm policy.” Worcester,      dumbest quote of the week! Collin
Commerce. At that time, Kantor was also
                                                 MA                                               Peterson, chairman of the House of
on the Board of Directors of Monsanto.
                                                                                                  Representatives agricultural committee,
2000: The White House appoints Carol             “Would you like that with or without
                                                                                                  says the farm sector that raises organic
Tucker Foreman as the sole “consumer             poison, Sir? I think it's not so much that you
                                                                                                  produce and grass-fed beef for local
advocate” on an international committee          are dumb about organic food and
                                                                                                  consumers needs little federal help. “It is
assessing genetically modified foods. Prior      biodynamic principles, just ignorant. Have
                                                                                                  growing, and it has nothing to do with the
to her appointment, Foreman was a lobbyist       you looked at the startling rise in allergies
                                                                                                  government, and that is good,” he told the
for Monsanto. 2001: Anne Veneman was             and disease? It's because of our fuel Sir..
                                                                                                  FT. “For whatever reason, people are
appointed head of the USDA, in charge of         our food. It is poisoned with chemicals. The
                                                                                                  willing to pay two or three times as much
regulating, among other things, genetically      chemicals poison and kill the microbes in
                                                                                                  for something that says 'organic' or 'local'.
engineered crops. Veneman previously             the soil. Without this, the food grows in
                                                                                                  Far be it from me to understand what that's
served on the Board of Directors of              dead soil and is depleted in minerals and
                                                                                                  about, but that's reality. And if people are
Calgene, a Monsanto biotech subsidiary.          vitamins. I had IBS (irritable bowel
                                                                                                  dumb enough to pay that much then
2001: Donald Rumsfeld was sworn in as            syndrome) all my life until I started to get
                                                                                                  hallelujah.” Canal Winchester, OH
Secretary or Defense. Rumsfeld was               raw milk from a goat farmer (illegal) and
previously the CEO of the Searle                 make kefir from it. I get vegetables from        “Wow...I knew our government was pretty
pharmaceutical corporation, acquired by          trusted organic farmers or grow them             uninformed and sometimes ridiculously
Monsanto. 2001: Linda Fisher was                 myself, grass fed meat (usually from New         ignorant and mostly not “for the people” but
appointed Deputy Administrator of the U.S.       Zealand, but now I've found a Northern           your quote, “For whatever reason, people
Environmental Protection Agency. Her             California bison (buffalo) rancher. Guess        are willing to pay two or three times as
regulatory chores included “enforcing”           What? I'm healthy for the first time in my       much for something that says 'organic' or
pesticide regulations, such as Monsanto's        life! We need living food. We need               'local'. Far be it from me to understand what
herbicide, Roundup, commonly sprayed on          enzymes. Our guts begin to die with dead         that's about, but that's reality. And if people
GE crops. Fisher was previously                  food, because the ecology of our gut is          are dumb enough to pay that much then
Monsanto's Vice-President of Government          upset. I can see from your photo that you        hallelujah.” , is staggering. Perhaps a little
Affairs. Previously Fisher served as a high-     have a few health issues. A healthy,             research on the health benefits of non-
level staffer for another biotech cheerleader,   chemical and GMO free diet would do              chemical, non-gmo foods before making
President Bill Clinton. 2002: George Poste       wonders for you. What have you got to            such a statement is in order? DOH!”
was appointed head the bioterrorism              loose? Your health? You just take drugs for      Ashland, OR
division of Homeland Security. Previously,       that? Oh! There are always side effects to
Poste was a Monsanto animal specialist.”                                                          “Do you per chance stop to think the reason
                                                 drugs, whether they are in your food or you
                                                                                                  that people are paying more for organic
                                                 take them a la carte. I was going to vote
“Dear Mr. Peterson: I am not dumb, nor are                                                        produce is because they don't want
                                                 Democrat, but now I'm not so sure. Are you
all the hundreds of thousands of people who                                                       chemicals, pesticides on their food the
                                                 sure you are not Republican? Your
choose to know where their food comes                                                             results of which quite clearly are
                                                 statement is right up there with George W's
from, and what it contains. If it costs me                                                        detrimental to people's health. Why
                                                 collection of ignorant homilies.” Ventura,
more to ensure I eat safe food, that is                                                           wouldn't we as consumers want to
YOUR fault, because you sit in the pockets                                                        encourage and put pressure on the
of all the corporate farm conglomerates          “Congrats on that dumb remark! I think           government to back and fund the growing
who care only about their bottom line, not       seven generations from now, your progeny         of produce and food stuff that is beneficial
the product they produce. Why don't you          will think you were the dumb one for not         to US and global consumers in the long run.
start doing your job, and assist local small     doing anything to protect this planet or the     Organic and natural make perfect sense to a
business people who contribute much more         people on it. I'm sorry for you.”                logical being, the only dumbie, I'm afraid, is
to America and Homeland Security than                                                             you.” Denver, CO
“Who's dumb? Of course we know that               statements such as the one indicating that         “So I hear that you said: “For whatever
Collin Peterson is referring to the marketing     you believe people who are willing to pay a        reason, people are willing to pay two or
people who steal the word organic. I'm sure       little more for organic foods are stupid; the      three times as much for something that says
he has done his homework and knows that           opposite is, in fact true,(even if all your        'organic' or 'local'. Far be it from me to
true organic farming has a promise for the        constituents are farmers). What you were           understand what that's about, but that's
future and he will support it for his             quoted as saying, was in fact, just what you       reality. And if people are dumb enough to
grandkids' sake. Oh, unless he is bought and      needed to say to show your own ignorance           pay that much then hallelujah.” What? Are
paid for by the lobbyists of mega farms.”         about the importance of BUILDING soil              you brain dead? I gladly pay more for food
                                                  and the natural bacteria and multitude of          that is wholesome and nutritious and cruelty
“The only dumb thing about organic food is
                                                  life forms (such a worms) within the               free. I think you need to find out the facts
the way the USDA allows it to be perverted
                                                  soil.(the underlying principles of Organic         before you go spouting off. Support local
and exploited.” Lawrence, KS
                                                  farming) In the modern methods of                  farmers. Big corporations care nothing for
“How can you be in the field of Agriculture       agricultural practices, we are, in fact, killing   the people, animals and the environment,
and be that Ignorant? Maybe its about time        the natural fertility of our soils, and            read up and you will see that is true.”
you start to CARE then you would get              depleting them of minerals. This is a direct
                                                                                                     “Dear Mr. Peterson Would you be willing
it!!!!!!!#%@#$^%#^&#%^”                           result of using continually more and more
                                                                                                     to pause a moment and learn why so many
                                                  pesticides and fertilizers which further
“For your information, organic is healthier!                                                         people are willing to pay more for organic
                                                  poison the general environment, and give
Please do some homework, Senator. Thank                                                              produce and grass fed beef?” Berkeley, CA
                                                  rise to resistant pests. When you couple the
                                                  practices above with subsequently also             “Dear Sir, What is wrong with you? What
“Mr. Peterson-- I would like to share with        allowing genetically modified forms of food        don't you understand about wanting to eat
you my utter disappointment that one of our       grains into the environment, (specifically         food that is cleaner (free from growth
elected officials acts so much higher than        for the enrichment of the companies                hormones, food grown in a sustainable and
the rest of us by referring to people willing     holding the patents on such plants, instead        sane manner,)and more humanely
to pay more for organic agriculture as            of (as is touted) “for better crop production      produced? Don't tell me you believe all the
“dumb” . I am willing to pay more for             or draught tolerance, etc.” ), then what the       bunk “science” that claims no difference
organically and locally grown produce             agriculture committees over the past 60            between conventionally grown and
because I believe in using my money for           years have created, is a recipe for disaster....   organically grown foods. If you do, well,
positive change in our society. I am willing      relating to either unbridled corporate             you're the one who's “dumb” and perhaps
to pay more for products that are made by         control over our food supplies, or merely a        you should remain so in the strictest sense
hard working farm laborers who are not            catastrophic (mono)crop failure... (take your      of the word.”
exposed to chemicals and dangerous                pick). These need to be reversed. How dare
                                                  you say ANYTHING derogatory about the              “If the farm sector that raises organic
pesticides in their daily work. I am willing
                                                  Organic industry (which supports bio-              produce and grass-fed beef for local
to pay more for these products because it is
                                                                                                     consumers needs little federal help, and the
an investment in my local community               diversity and the Earths natural soil
                                                                                                     country has a massive obesity problem. A
instead of paying for robo-produce that is        systems)... or, the people who feel very
                                                                                                     sensible person would advocate for
shipped from hundreds of miles away.              good about supporting that industry and
                                                                                                     subsidizing sensible food. Look at the
Buying local and organic food is a                want to see it grow, until IT becomes the
                                                  NORM, as it was previously. (Please realize        federal food pyramid and match it with
conscious choice I make because I believe
                                                  that at each step on the way, as we approach       federal subsidies. Add to that the massive
in farming practices that make the earth
                                                                                                     ecological damage of the chemical intensive
more fertile rather than less. If you feel that   making Organic farming THE NORM,
                                                                                                     practices you are encouraging, and it looks
these reasons are “dumb” , perhaps you            again, the prices per unit will decline as
                                                                                                     like you are attempting to implement the
should re-evaluate why it is you have             scales of economy begin to show up). But,
                                                  even though profits will begin to become           Darwin award on the entire country.
chosen to serve the public in the first
                                                                                                     Statements like “For whatever reason,
place.” Spencer, NY                               better and better, we should be attentive to
                                                                                                     people are willing to pay two or three times
                                                  many things besides monetary
“Dear Mr. Peterson, disrespecting the             equivalencies. As an example, the natural
                                                                                                     as much for something that says 'organic' or
opinions of those who elect them seems to                                                            'local'. Far be it from me to understand what
                                                  and dynamic systems of the living Earth
be endemic among politicians these days. If                                                          that's about, but that's reality. And if people
                                                  are, in fact, beyond value, because their
instead you take the time to find out WHY         good health and their continual interactions       are dumb enough to pay that much then
we will pay these higher prices, you will         are the basic microbial actions which make         hallelujah.” Indicate that you have no
find that we compelling reasons to do with                                                           business taking our money and
                                                  higher life on Earth possible at all. (current
health, local economies, agribusiness and                                                            redistributing it to big corporate farms.
                                                  farming practices represent the antithesis of
government. These reasons may not                                                                    YOU should be hung by your feet to match
                                                  this fact). You are in a position of power
convince YOU to change your mind, but                                                                your funding choices with the most $$
                                                  and responsibility. Please make a conscious
they define US as rational and intelligent,       decision to use these in a more responsible        going to the little point at the top of the
rather than subscribers to the herd mentality     way by working to promote growth in the            food pyramid and almost no funding for the
you may be more comfortable with.”                Organic foods industry, instead of
                                                                                                     healthy stuff. By the way, congratulations
MACOMB, IL                                                                                           for getting the Organic Consumers
                                                  ridiculing it's supporters.” Silver City, NM
                                                                                                     Association award for the dumbest quote of
“Dear “Representative” Peterson, While            “As an organic consumer I'm smarter than           the week.”
you may believe that you represent your           you. I don't eat pesticides. They make me
constituent's best interests when you make        sick.”
“How lovely and professional you are. How        don't care about me. I guess you could play      for taking your time to read this. Raymond,
dare you criticize products that are             “dumb” and pretend you don't know about          WA”
produced and grown in a sustainable              the govt handouts to big agriculture that are
                                                                                                  “Dear Representative Peterson, Choosing to
manner - and that are helping many farm          designed to control the food industry and
                                                                                                  buy products that promote health is the
families keep their farms? I'll be sure to       our ability to provide for ourselves, so they
                                                                                                  smartest thing a person can do. As they say,
forward your 'stupid quote' to all of my         can take every penny we have. But, maybe
                                                                                                  if you don't have your health, you don't
friends in Minnesota that happen to be your      you are that dumb!” Faber, VA
                                                                                                  have anything. Organic and local foods
constituents.” Hillsboro, WI
                                                 “Congratulations on receiving an award           (which usually have less chemicals on
“Collin Peterson, I gladly pay a little more     from the OCA. It is well deserved.”              them) are an important part of being
for organic and local food because I am                                                           healthy.”
                                                 “When there's life there's hope. I hope that
concerned about the health of my family
                                                 your outrageous ignorance about the              “What does it feel like to be as ignorant as
and the health of the environment.
                                                 superiority and importance of organic and        you? Guess I'll never know. I'm smart to
Conventional food is laden with
                                                 locally grown food, will soon end.”              buy local and organic. Of course, the
questionable chemicals, herbicides,
                                                                                                  government has taken just about all my
pesticides, etc. that I do not want in my        “Gee Mr. Peterson, do you even TRY to
                                                                                                  money in some way or another so I don't
body. Conventional farming and                   understand? And as for the small, local,
                                                                                                  have the money to buy organic very often.
manufacturing/mass producing food                organic farmers - THEY are the true
                                                                                                  Organic is the only way you can know your
destroys the soil and contributes to             farmers, NOT the corporate farms that get
                                                                                                  food is natural.”
pollution of all kinds. Also,                    our tax dollars as “assistance.” If you would
shipping/flying/trucking food hundreds and       get out there and talk TO the folks you're       “Dear Representative Peterson, I want to
thousands of miles leaves a large carbon         talking ABOUT, perhaps you'd learn               congratulate you on your monumental gaff.
footprint, to which I have no desire to          something.” Marion, IL                           Referring to a large, high paying, civic
contribute. Smart or dumb, I make my                                                              minded and rapidly growing market
                                                 “Congressman Peterson, I am just writing to
choices based on what is best for my family                                                       demographic as “dumb” has surly put you
                                                 invite you to read some of the information
and for the environment.” Lawrence, KS                                                            in the running for biggest buffoon of the
                                                 listed on the Organic Consumers
                                                                                                  year.” Vicksburg, MI
“You, sir, are a moron. First of all, my tax     Association website. In a recent statement,
dollars are wasted on your salary. Second of     you claim to have no knowledge as to why         “Dear Mr. Peterson, While I was humored
all, talk to your doctor and your pharmacist.    people would pay more for organic food. I        by your recent comment on organic and
Perhaps one or both can cure your                find this hard to understand due to the          local agriculture, your words seem to ignore
misconceptions about health. In the interim,     nature of your work. I assure you that if you    the fact that those consumers are willing to
please discontinue insulting a significant       search for the information with an open          pay more because they trust certain local
percentage of the people you were hired to       mind then there will be, without a shadow        and organic producers. Unfortunately, most
serve. Thank you.” Fort Worth, TX                of a doubt, no need to insult or harm the        of the country would like to do the same,
                                                 organic industry and consumers. The fact         but for the price. And low prices for
“Respectfully sir, if someone really has to
                                                 that we pay more for organics should drive       conventional food are a result of ag
explain why the American people are
                                                 you to understand our reasons instead of         subsidies. Thus, if you believe everyone
willing to pay a higher price for a healthier
                                                 making statements that tarnish your              should be on the same level playing field, I
and more sustainable agricultural product,
                                                 reputation and make you sound, quite             would hope you would support the subsidy
then you're an idiot!”
                                                 frankly, ignorant. I highly doubt a man in       limitations of the Dorgan-Grassley
“Dear Rep. Peterson: ...and people don't         your position is ignorant. As a fellow           amendment and the funding of the organic
understand why our country is in the deep        democrat, I urge you to please take the time     sector at 3% of all federal supports, equal to
trouble that we currently find ourselves.        to understand how important a holistic           the 3% share that the organic market
Congratulations for getting the Organic          lifestyle is to us. I also urge you to admire,   represents. Thank you. Please let me know
Consumers Association award for the              or at least respect, the people who don‟t        if you support the above.” Vancouver, WA
dumbest quote of the week. Your quote was        make much money but still insist on
                                                                                                  “Hey Peterson, did you used to catch the
so dumb that perhaps you will win the            spending more on food, products, and
                                                                                                  short bus to school because you are the
award for dumbest quote of the year.”            methods that are less synthetic, less
                                                                                                  dummy for the statement you made about
Rochester, NY                                    artificial, and PROVEN to be better for our
                                                                                                  paying more for organic food. Organic,
                                                 health, the environment, and the livestock.
“Maybe the organic food movement is                                                               free-range, naturally raised food is better for
                                                 Proud mother of 1 extremely healthy
growing despite attempts by big agriculture                                                       the environment, it is better for your health,
                                                 miracle child” Virginia Beach, VA
to suppress it, because intelligent people are                                                    it is better for small farmers and most
starting to realize big agriculture is more      “Dear Representative Peterson, Maybe all         important, it tastes better. Study after study
concerned with profits than peoples health.      those people have some reason for buying         and personal experience shows it, you know
We are being fed untested GM foods and           organic and local produce. Like taking care      it is true to, but you dance at the end of the
hormones and steroids against our                of their health and the health of the local      puppet strings of the agribusiness so you
knowledge or permission. This is done for        economy. There's more to eating than just        can not tell the truth. On your death bed, in
profit reasons, not health concerns, and is      filling your stomach. Most states in the U.      your golden years and on your death bed,
unacceptable. I will gladly pay more for         S. have farms and it may be worth your           you will deeply regret how you sold
food that I know is healthy, not                 time to find out why people are willing to       yourself out.” San Carlos, CA
experimental, and that supports my               spend their money to purchase local and
neighbors, rather than a few elitists who        organic food and other products. Thank you
“I find it incredible that you think I am        sustainable agriculture, which includes          subsidized by the government, then who are
stupid for paying more for organic food. I       LOCAL and ORGANIC foods!                         the dumb ones? Shouldn't we be supporting
don't want to eat food with pesticides and       Congratulations on dumbest quote of the          those who are doing a good job? These
harmful chemicals on them. Simple.”              week!” Goleta, CA                                organic farmers are not only raising good,
                                                                                                  healthy food, but they are preserving our
 “Sustainability is not whimsy - organic         “I have to say I am very surprised to hear
                                                                                                  environment as well. The farms who will
growth and development is good for the           anyone in this day & age respond like you
                                                                                                  receive subsidies from the farm bill
planet, and the creatures, people and plants     did (“For whatever reason, people are
                                                                                                  however are feeding us food with chemical
that inhabit it. You should try it - you might   willing to pay two or three times as much
                                                                                                  cocktails while destroying the soil and
be less cynical if you actually contribute to    for something that says 'organic' or 'local'.
                                                                                                  water in their ecosystem. As an organic
the wisdom and long-term habitability of         Far be it from me to understand what that's
                                                                                                  consumer, we care about what goes into our
our home. Thanks for your attention.”            about, but that's reality. And if people are
                                                                                                  bodies and the health of our ecosystems,
                                                 dumb enough to pay that much then
“The only DUMB thing is what leaders like                                                         thus we are willing to pay more. We most
                                                 hallelujah.” ). I will assume that you are not
you are doing to our world with                                                                   certainly should not be called dumb for this
                                                 aware of the health costs agri-business has
conventional farming and agriculture. Try                                                         reason. Just because you don't understand
                                                 levied on our society as a whole. People
taking an environmental ed. class at your                                                         something, does not mean it is dumb.
                                                 have finally become knowledgeable enough
local community college AND YOU                                                                   Rather, you have made yourself look dumb
                                                 to seek out good quality (vitamin, mineral,
MIGHT BE LUCKY ENOUGH PULL                                                                        with the award for the dumbest quote!”
                                                 phytonutrient rich) food instead of putting
YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND                                                                         Little Rock, AR
                                                 up with genetically modified, devalued,
                                                 disease or antibiotic ridden food sources. If    “Come come now, I expected only a
 “Your quote is exactly why are country is       that seems dumb then I will assume that          Republican to make such an ignorant
going down the tubes. Is it really hard to       you just do not have the information you         comment. Will you join the Republicans
understand that natural organic food the         need to make a truly wise decision about         please, you're making Dems look even
way GOD intended for humans to eat; free         what goes into your body. I hope you do get      worse. I buy organic and local for my
of pesticides, chemicals and whatever else       more information so you can understand           grandkids and yours” Stillwater, MN
big business companies put in them to make       why people choose to spend their money on
                                                                                                  “How can someone in your position be so
more profit, is a better choice? It's a shame    quality products that in the long run cost far
                                                                                                  out of touch with reality? Our current
that the USA, for being as big of a country      less than getting sick or diseased and then
                                                                                                  factory farming is not sustainable and
as we are, cannot take more idea's from          dealing with the issues. Thank you for your
                                                                                                  causes substantial pollution. If you care
Europe and the rest of the world, for using      time,” San Carlos, CA
                                                                                                  about our nation, support something that
non Genetically Modified or chemically
                                                 “What a disappointment to hear your              can last. If all you care about is corporate
enhanced food. Maybe it's your generation,
                                                 negative comments regarding the                  profits and bribes, then please step down
Maybe you don't care, as long as you make
                                                 intelligence of people who are willing to        from your position.”
money, maybe you cannot see the
                                                 pay extra $ for organic and/or local food!
connection between chemicals in our food,                                                         “People who DON'T care about the quality,
                                                 I'm surprised that you seem completely
and all of our health care problems i.e.                                                          safety, and nutritional value of their food
                                                 ignorant about the increasing body of
diseases, cancers, and strange new illnesses.                                                     are the dumb ones!! It's actually incredibly
                                                 scientific, empirical data that documents the
As a US citizen I have and deserve the right                                                      smart to pay attention to what you put into
                                                 extra nutritional value and greatly reduced
to choose what I put in “feed” my own                                                             your body, and to be concerned about
                                                 presence of poisons and toxins (i.e.
body!! or is that the governments decision                                                        things like pesticides and poisons, etc... So
                                                 pesticides, etc.) that are so common in
now also. Stop making decisions based on                                                          who's dumb the dumb one here? The one
                                                 conventional foods. Not all of us want to
profits, and start making decisions based on                                                      who eats the chemically-bathed (and
                                                 feed chemically laced foods to ourselves or
what is good for the health of our bodies                                                         otherwise “tampered” with) produce and
                                                 our kids. It boils down to “You get what
and our country. I choose to eat organic                                                          pollutes their bodies, or the one who eats
                                                 you pay for.” So if some of us make an
natural food for my own health,                                                                   clean and limits their exposure to
                                                 educated decision to pay a little more for
unfortunately I have to pay high prices to                                                        carcinogenics and other questionable
                                                 unpolluted food that is also much less toxic
stay chemical free! It looks like the only                                                        substances? I'd think about what I said
                                                 to the environment and supports organic
way I can regulate what I put in my body is                                                       before I said it, if I were you. You've outed
                                                 and local farmers, I'd say that's pretty damn
to grow my own food... That‟s a shame in                                                          yourself as a dummy. Now you're going to
                                                 smart. To remain ignorant about something
this country!!!” Waco, TX                                                                         have to work double-hard to change that
                                                 as critical about organic production is truly
                                                                                                  image. Good luck, and god bless.”
“It's amazing to us “educated” people how        dumb!” Saint Paul, MN
old and ignorant ineffectual dumb-asses like                                                      “Collin Peterson, You should be ashamed.
                                                 “OMG Collin, I am ashamed that your are a
yourself continue to be elected to run our                                                        Please educate yourself on the subject of
                                                 Democrat. You owe it to your constituents
government. Hopefully your constituency                                                           Organic Agriculture and why it is the only
                                                 as well as yourself to familiarize yourself
aren't as fucking stupid as you seem to be,                                                       smart choice, or get out of government.”
                                                 with organic products & their benefits.
and will do away with chem/pharm industry
                                                 Shame on you for such an ignorant                “Way to go BONEHEAD. Why is it stupid
ass kissers such as yourself, and begin to
                                                 statement!!!!”                                   to want your food grown locally and as
clean up the environment and food we all
                                                                                                  naturally as possible? It's dumb to NOT
need.”                                           “If the organic movement is growing
                                                                                                  want harmful chemicals all over and in our
                                                 without government support, but chemical
“Nice job on proving that you are                                                                 food? Sir, being from MN I would love to
                                                 and large scale farms still have to be
uneducated about the importance of                                                                be able to garden again (I am currently
living in Las Vegas) and obviously you're a     “How ignorant you are! I am deeply               “because we allowed - indeed promoted -
bit naive to the fact that not everyone has     offended. I won't bother saying more. Use        farming practices that are unhealthy to
such healthy growing potential in their own     your head before you speak!”                     humans.” Oakland, CA
yards. Many of us have to buy from mega-
                                                “Dear Mr. Peterson: I was very                   “ It is a really sad day when the one person
stores, because they have run all the smaller
                                                disappointed to see that your comments           who is the committee chair for the House
local merchants out of business. Then we
                                                about the costs of organic food are so           Agriculture Committee insults not only his
are forced to choose ONLY chemically
                                                entirely uninformed. What you haven't            constituents' intellect, but those of every
slathered products? EDUCATED PEOPLE
                                                revealed to the American public is that all      citizen of this country regarding what they
                                                citizens are paying much higher costs for        choose to nourish themselves with. The
common sense that people want to be
                                                non-organic foods, although they are not         reality is you are ignorant of what
healthy. Wake up!!!! It's the ghetto families
                                                aware of just how much their food actually       community supported agriculture and
who gobble up all that processed crap.
                                                costs. That is because conventional farmers      organic really means to the health of both
Those of us with any brain cells WANT
                                                are so highly and wastefully subsidized by       the citizens and the country as a whole
                                                the U.S. government. The latest                  (economy and environment). I implore you
PRODUCTS!” Las Vegas, NV
                                                mismanagement of agricultural subsidies          to start reading some information or step
"You must be getting your information           were reported just this week by NPR in           down from your post and let someone who
from the agribusinesses you represent.          how, e.g., people who are not even farmers       is isn't so “dumb” chair the committee. You
Those of us struggling to live free of toxins   are receiving huge stipends for owning land      might start with educating yourself with the
and find wholesome, natural food know that      that once was, but no longer is, farmed.         policies of both George Washington and
organic and local foods are worth a much        This is only one example of misuse of            Thomas Jefferson, both of whom believed
higher price. You have displayed an             funds. But the plain fact is that organic        this country should be built on a foundation
appalling lack of knowledge.” Sherrills         farmers are not receiving subsidies as other     of agriculture. I think there is no wonder
Ford, NC                                        farmers are. Why don't you include that in       that the Congressional approval rating as a
                                                your public statements, please? I trust that     whole is 11%. Talk about the dumbing
“hm.. dumb you say? I don't think I like you
                                                you will dig a bit deeper into the issue         down of America, between Congress and
very much.”
                                                before any further pronouncements you            Bush, its a wonder we still function as a
“All I can say is you must be blind, deaf       may make. Thank you.” Chicago, IL                country.”
and dumb. Even the CDC says most
                                                “Who's dumb? My apologies to your                “Dear Mr. Peterson, I was shocked at your
produce have high levels of chemicals due
                                                mother for raising such an ignorant child.”      statement that people are dumb who would
to pesticides. Many doctors believe the rise
                                                Fridley, MN                                      pay more for organically grown food. Have
in illnesses in children is due to pesticides
                                                                                                 you asked yourself why the majority of
and the unnecessary additives put in farm       “Mr. Peterson what is scary for your
                                                                                                 Americans suffer from some chronic
animal feed. It must be nice to be so blind     constituents and the public at large is that
                                                                                                 disease or another? Could it be the polluted
to what goes on in the world or maybe you       an individual in your position is so
                                                                                                 food that is on the market? Vegetables that
don't care because you make monies from         uninformed on the subject matter over
                                                                                                 look good but are full of poisons? Fruits
these sources. Either way Americans are         which you make legislative decisions that
                                                                                                 sprayed with pesticides and chemical
getting sick and tired of politicians in the    you simply dismiss your ignorance by
                                                                                                 fertilizers that look big and juicy but are
back pocket of big corporations. How's it       labeling others “dumb” . First of all, part of
                                                                                                 poisonous to eat? There must be some
smell back there?” Cleveland, OH                the reason organic and local produce is
                                                                                                 reason there is so much illness in the nation
                                                more expensive is because it receives very
“Mr. Peterson: If the USAG had the                                                               that has the costliest health-care system. We
                                                little assistance. Secondly, organic and local
standards that the organic industry does we                                                      pay huge doctor bills but is anyone cured of
                                                produce is not a growing market because of
would not need to pay higher prices for the                                                      their diseases? We accept disease and
                                                the ignorance of consumers, but because it
best food around!! Our food would taste                                                          sickness as natural. It is due to stupidity.
                                                provides something which is needed and
like the food it is and the chemicals would                                                      But it is election time coming isn't it? And
                                                wanted, nutritious, clean food. I wish you
NOT be destroying our earth's soil and                                                           the lobbyists for chemical fertilizers and
                                                luck in dealing with your burden of
would be giving us the best tasting food our                                                     pesticides are heavy on to the congress
                                                distorted self-importance and ignorance.”
earth could give us...too bad YOU can't tell                                                     people, aren't they? The big farm bill in
the difference. Maybe we should charge          “Dear Mr. Peterson, I believe it is you who      Congress comes up just before the election
more for the food grown w/the chemicals         are “dumb” for not even knowing why              every four years, doesn't it, so that the farm
since they must be considered part of the       many consumers are staying from mass-,           states, hungry for those big subsidies, can
equation...???” Phoenix, AZ                     feedlot and large agribusiness produced          be convinced to vote for whoever in
                                                foods. Evidently the committee you serve as      congress votes in the subsidies. It is
“I expect that it is your responsibility to
                                                chair of is equally ignorant of the many         criminal what is going in the government,
understand what lies behind the farm sector
                                                unhealthy results of foods being produced        approving poisons to be poured on the food,
that raises organic produce and grass-fed
                                                with pesticides or growth hormones or            but doing very little, small, for organic
beef for local consumers. Have you                                                               farming. Farmers think they are getting
                                                genetically altered food. When someone
educated yourself at all about the Meat
                                                you know asks “why me?” when they are            protection from the government but they are
Industry as it operates today? I apologize
                                                diagnosed with one of many cancers or            being cheated when the government doesn't
for my abruptness and impatience. But,
                                                other health problems caused by these bad        help them to go organic. Your statement
come on! You aught to know better.”
                                                agricultural practices, I hope you are able to   that it is dumb to pay more for organic is
Durham, NC
                                                look them in the eye when you say,               very ignorant and you shouldn't be in the
government as far as I am concerned.”          “What a shame that someone in your              contain preservatives due to the increase in
Fairfield, IA                                  position could display such ignorance, not      cancer rates since the use of them became
                                               only of economics but of the basic concept      the norm. Do you know that most tomatoes
“If you consider people “dumb” for paying
                                               of sustainability! As someone in a              are picked while they are still green? Then
for food that is not contaminated with
                                               leadership position, I hope you will be able    once they are closer to there final
pesticides and herbicides and such, you
                                               to back-pedal your way out of this faux pas.    destination they are injected with chemicals
certainly don't deserve to be chairman of
                                               Some of us out here understand that voting      that make them turn red. Ground beef is
any agricultural committees. You don't
                                               is done these days with dollars; that the       injected with food coloring so it looks red
seem to have any idea of the need to protect
                                               organic and local food supplies are more        because people associate the red color with
the health of the people you represent.”
                                               expensive than industrially produced and        freshness. I suggest that you do your
“Are you kidding? You think people are         globally shipped foods must be                  research before you go grocery shopping.
'dumb' for not wanting to ingest methyl        REVERSED, not merely accepted as good           There are plenty of resources available!
bromide in their strawberries, for not         for growers. The hidden costs of spraying       Akron, OH
wanting to contribute to needless petroleum    crops and soil, the vast amounts of
                                                                                               “Dear Collin, You do understand that one
use for transporting produce and meat, for     resources squandered to produce beef, and
                                                                                               eats to sustain the body, right? You do
wanting to support their local economy?        the ridiculousness of underwriting the
                                                                                               understand that the quality of the food one
You make me ashamed to be Minnesotan           transportation system at a time when we
                                                                                               ingests has a direct correlation with one's
and very worried for the future.” Roseville,   should all be reconsidering ways to reduce
                                                                                               health, right? (you remember, “junk in, junk
MN                                             our dependence on and use of foreign oil,
                                                                                               out” ) Now, here is perhaps where it gets
                                               all point to RETHINKING the ways
“Mr. Peterson, I am dismayed that as                                                           tricky (but not for us “dummies” ): organic
                                               agriculture is conducted and financed in this
Chairman of the Agricultural Committee                                                         farming uses less chemicals (bad for the
                                               country. I am truly dismayed to learn that
you proclaim ignorance of the value of                                                         body) and healthier soil (good for the
                                               your leadership seems to be guided by
organic or local produce. The value of local                                                   body). This is of course the simple version,
                                               profit motives rather than social
produce is a no-brainer. We don't want to                                                      but, as you are still playing catch-up, I
                                               responsibility. Please reverse your position
send our dollars outside our community or                                                      thought it best to keep it that way.” Aurora,
                                               here and let your cronies know that organic
funnel them into corn/soy monoculture and                                                      IL
                                               and local produce is, without doubt, the way
foreign oil. Call us dumb if you want. But     of the future for those of us who still care    “Collin Peterson, you are an embarrassment
as Chairman of the Agricultural Committee,
                                               about the planet.” San Francisco, CA            to the Democratic Party. Do some research
please learn some relevant facts about
                                                                                               the next time you think you know what
Agriculture.” Redwood City, CA                 “Dear Representative Collin Peterson.
                                                                                               you're talking about. And if you keep eating
                                               Please educate yourself about the value of
“Buying organic and locally grown produce                                                      non-organic crap disguised as food, you
                                               organic and locally produced food.
is not “dumb” . How dare you? This is an       Otherwise I will be certain that you are in
                                                                                               deserve the ill health you are creating for
American industry that helps the country                                                       yourself.”
                                               the pocket of agribusiness. Madison, WI
grow in the right direction. You need to
                                                                                               “Even Consumer Reports has recognized
exercise a little discretion when speaking     “Dear Sir, I can not believe that you, leader
                                                                                               the value of organic farming both for
publicly.”                                     in our country would make such a poorly
                                                                                               avoiding the consumption of pesticides and
                                               considered remark about organic food. You
“Eating organic food is about making sure I                                                    for substantial benefits to the environment
                                               are ignorant of the issues surrounding out
am putting only nutritious ingredients                                                         and improved soil conservation. Perhaps the
                                               food and should be an expert on those
without toxins into my body. That seems                                                        benefits of large campaign contributions
                                               issues. I certainly do not have confidence in
smart to me.”                                                                                  from agri-business are more important to
                                               your ability to lead the committee and
                                                                                               you than the carcinogenic effects of the
“I am honored to be among those that you       suggest you step down and allow someone
                                                                                               food you eat. I prefer to spend my money
consider dumb. All of them from the first      who does have a grasp of the issues
                                                                                               on organic food rather than doctor bills.”
time “dumb” leaped from your tongue into       surrounding our food take over. At the very
the abyss you call “life.” Framingham, MA      least, read or have your staffer read to you,   “Dear Representative Peterson I'm so sorry
                                               the book “The China Syndrome” , that will       you have chosen to call a growing number
“Organic & Local food actually have more       give you a clear understand what you and        of Americans dumb. The price of organic
health benefits and less health hazards than   those like you are doing to the American        and local food, just like the price of
non organic food. You should keep up with      public by allowing the continued use of         conventionally grown food is a direct result
the studies or not speak of something          chemicals of all type in out food production    of supply and demand. While the demand
publicly that makes you sound unaware,         systems.”                                       for organic and local foods is growing, it
rude, and empathetic to the environment.”                                                      still does not meet the demand for
Pittsfield, MA                                 “Dear Representative Peterson: Organic
                                                                                               conventional foods, and the price tag will
                                               consumers are far from “dumb” . What is so
“Like Nero playing his fiddle while Rome       dumb about wanting to consume food that
                                                                                               never match. That is because the quality of
burned, you don't have the sense or the                                                        the food will never compromised as our
                                               is free of pesticides and preservatives?
vision to know what is healthy and what                                                        conventional food system has become.
                                               Forgive me for eating healthy! Between my
isn't. Large, industrial-scale farming                                                         Quality often comes with a heftier price tag.
                                               husband and I we have five college degrees.
practices are taking this country (and many                                                    Those of us who choose to support local
                                               I think one could say that we are highly
others) down the road to ill health and a                                                      small family farms are doing so because we
                                               educated individuals. We do a lot of
complete disconnect from our healthy rural                                                     recognize the importance of knowing our
                                               research before we consume anything. We
roots.” Talent, OR                             choose not to consume products that
                                                                                               food source first-hand. I don't imagine you
take frequent trips to the feed lots, but if     with my Small-Scale Ag class this week! I        corporations. It is time to get educated or
you did, I bet your appetite for                 have explained how we have grown this            move over for someone who is.”
conventionally raised beef and pork would        movement to support farmers who truly
                                                                                                  “I'm actually very educated and it is for this
diminish, while those of us who buy local        care about the land AND their local
                                                                                                  very reason I choose to buy organic foods
foods can graze alongside the cattle, pigs,      communities with very little help from the
                                                                                                  for my family. It seems to me what is
lambs or chickens and see exactly how well       AG committee and the USDA and your
                                                                                                  “dumb” is continuing to allow farmers to
they are being raised and the conditions in      statement proves just how out of touch
                                                                                                  use pesticides that have been shown to
which they exist. Our appetite for               some of you really are! I‟ll be sharing this
                                                                                                  cause harm and disease in our bodies. Why
sustainable agriculture only increases on        with farmers in the Upper Midwest when I
                                                                                                  would we not choose organic over
these trips as we recognize the value of         visit in two weeks and will especially
                                                                                                  conventionally grown produce? Seems to
local and organic small family farms goes        highlight it when I speak to the Plant
                                                                                                  me we'd be dumb if we did. I'm amazed you
far beyond our plate.”                           Breeding faculty and students at the
                                                                                                  would make such comments. It shows how
                                                 University of Wisconsin on Nov. 19th. My
“How is it DUMB to care about what goes                                                           uneducated you are.”
                                                 topic will be breeding for organics
into my family's body? I strive to put only
                                                 something that is becoming particularly          “Sir, you don't deserve the office you hold
hormone- and antibiotic-free food into my
                                                 popular even with some of the faculty at the     at the sufferance of your constituents.”
kids' mouths. In addition, I strive to make
                                                 University of Minnesota. Please take a
sure they don't eat foods that are sprayed                                                        “Dear Mr. Collins, May I suggest that you
                                                 moment to consider entering the 21st
with chemicals in the growing process. I                                                          “educate” yourself about organic foods. Not
                                                 century! Prescott, AZ
want them to ingest only foods that are                                                           only is organic food less toxic (not sprayed
whole and grown in the most natural              “Instead of making such stupid statements,       with pesticides and grown in pesticide-
possible ways. I care about not only their       why don't you try to read up on why              laden soil) but it actually tastes SO much
health now, but their health in the future,      organic food is better for you, such as why      better and is more nutritious! Purchase a
and the health of their future children. That    it has more nutrients.”                          bag of organic celery or carrots and non-
you do not care is reprehensible!! Why not                                                        organic and do a taste test of your own.
                                                 “I am embarrassed to say that I'm from
put health into bodies NOW, so that in the                                                        Then tell us if YOU don't notice a
                                                 Minnesota. What are you thinking, when
future healthcare costs are not part of the                                                       significant flavor difference and understand
                                                 you said such a comment? I believe you
equation? Short-sighted Republican                                                                why people buy organic! With your
                                                 should go out the small farmers and talk
thinking is strongly at play here once again.                                                     responsibilities as House Agriculture
                                                 with them, ask why people pay more for a
WAKE UP!!!!!” Elk Grove, CA                                                                       Committee Chair, the American people
                                                 superior product of nutrition and taste. Ask
                                                                                                  urge you to PLEASE do your homework! It
“Total ignorance is the first work that          them about how they are taking care of the
                                                                                                  is a real shame that many people can't
comes to mind regarding this issue. I            soil so it is not dead? Tell me why you are
                                                                                                  afford to pay the added costs of organic
thought politicians were suppose to actually     the chairman on the agricultural committee,
                                                                                                  foods for their families.”
understand the issues before commenting.         to who's benefit? Have you been in
Where did you grow up? Unbelievable!”            Washington to long?” Geneva, IL                  “If you ever tasted both local and organic
Newtown Square, PA                                                                                you would know why we want it and buy it!
                                                 “Mr. Peterson, I can figure out why people
                                                                                                  Then there is the question of feeding our
“It amazes me sometimes the caliber of           will pay more for food that does not poison
                                                                                                  families pesticide poisons...hummmm...”
person that is able to attain office in this     God's creation; us and our environment. I
                                                                                                  Tucson, AZ
great country of ours. To not make sure          am not the one who is incredibly stupid,
your family is getting good quality farmed       you are. With emphatic sincerity,” Perth,        “Collin, It is hard for me to imagine that a
goods that are organically and sustainably       ON                                               person of reasonable intelligence would
raised is bordering on the criminal. In my                                                        think such a ridiculous thing as your
                                                 “You cannot possibly possess any valid
humble opinion, in the future, it would                                                           statement about people being willing to pay
                                                 information about organics to qualify
behoove you sir, to put a little effort into                                                      a higher price for organic food. What is
                                                 yourself to call those who purchase and
understanding something before making a                                                           even more amazing is that you made such a
                                                 endorse them “dumb.” As a mother and a
brash public statement.”                                                                          statement in public. Try doing some reading
                                                 nutritionist with a bachelor degree in
                                                                                                  and come into the 21st century where most
“It is quite sad that you have no                science, I believe I have a much greater
                                                                                                  people care more about what they put in
understanding of people who respect their        knowledge than yourself about the effects
                                                                                                  their bodies than they do about the profit
bodies and health and thus are willing to        of GMO foods and carcinogenic pesticides.
                                                                                                  line of your mega corporate “food”
pay for healthier food. It is particularly sad
                                                 You may not want to protect your family          producers.” Palo Alto, CO
that you are chairman of the agricultural
                                                 from cancer and other diseases, but don't
committee and see no relationship between                                                         “Mr. Collin Peterson, What a sad day it is
                                                 ridicule those of us who do. You only make
the federal government and providing this                                                         sir, when our Agriculture Committee Chair,
                                                 yourself look like a buffoon.” Phoenix, AZ
healthier food.” Ferndale, WA                                                                     does not know the benefits of organic and
                                                 “How can you not know the nutritional            local. I am appalled to say the least. We are
“Since your a Democrat, I can only hope
                                                 difference, the water use difference, the fuel   willing to spend more for local and organics
you were quoted out of context. Do some
                                                 use difference and the nitrous run-off           to not only provide better nutrition for our
research on the chemicals in our foods and
                                                 difference between commercially grown ag         families without all the additives but, we
see what you think.” Alexandria, VA
                                                 and organic ag and still be the one in           support our communities and keep them
“Dear Mr. Peterson, Thank you for                charge? Obviously you are a spokesperson         strong. The agricultural practices of U.S.
supplying me with a great quote to share         for big farm, big ag, and big chemical           are insane, foods are imported, exported,
processed, refined, bleached, and artificial    produce organically but because the               I believe is important, and the American
colored and flavored until they no longer       subsidies received by conventional                way. But I guess that's why I'm not in
resemble what is natural. Yet, we wonder        agriculture keep their prices artificially low.   Congress. I'm obviously not as smart as
why there is so much disease and obesity in     It would be nice if organic producers             you.” Martell, NE
our nation. You sir, have the health of the     received an equitable amount of subsidies
                                                                                                  “And what are you eating for dinner
future on your head. May those of us that       and if there was a helping hand extended by
                                                                                                  tonight, Collin Peterson? processed
are “dumb enough to pay that much” live         the government for beginner farmer
                                                                                                  pesticide laden food grown far far away??”
healthy without your corporate sponsors         programs. This country needs LOTS more
injecting us with their frankenfoods.           small organic, local farms.” Reno, NV             “Dear Congressman Peterson: Thank you
Congratulations for getting the Organic                                                           for your comments about people being
                                                “Dear Collin Peterson, You obviously do
Consumers Association's award for the                                                             dumb enough to pay extra for organic and
                                                not know about the health and
dumbest quote of the week!”                                                                       local foods. I must be REALLY stupid for
                                                environmental benefits of organic and local
                                                                                                  shopping at Whole Foods and other natural
“Dearest Mr. Peterson: I would like to          farming. I suggest you do some more
                                                                                                  foods stores because my health means more
congratulate you on making about the most       research on this subject before making such
                                                                                                  to me than a few extra dollars. I guess my
OBTUSE statement I've heard lately ooze         an ignorant statement. At least you made
                                                                                                  152 IQ still puts me in the “dumb” range in
from a Congressman's mouth. You, dear sir,      the Organic Consumer Association award
                                                                                                  your book. What's dumb is that Americans
are a waste of Minnesotan's tax dollars         for the dumbest quote of the week.
                                                                                                  have to pay extra for food grown locally
(unless, of course, they prefer such
                                                “Why, yes, Mr. Peterson. I am willing to          and without pesticides, hormones, genetic
inefficiencies). How DARE YOU proclaim
                                                spend more money on organic produce in            modification, and hormones. I can't afford
that organic is 'dumb'. Who are you to say
                                                order to keep my body and that of my              to buy a home, I can't afford to pay my
that, and where does your research come
                                                family free from unwanted chemicals and           bills, or heating this winter, but when it
from, sir? I could say “GOD IS DUMB” ,
                                                pesticides no matter how safe the                 comes to taking care of my health, I am
just to state to you how ignorant and clumsy
                                                governmental agencies say they are.               forced to pay extra for that, because my
your statement was. If you want beef from
                                                However, contrary to your assertions, the         government won't encourage organic and
cows that eat cardboard and distillery waste,
                                                local produce I purchase is actually cheaper      local farming by providing extra assistance.
you go do that. If you'd prefer pesticide
                                                and I have a wonderful relationship with the      That's what is dumb. Government subsidies
laden fruits and e.coli poisoned spinach,
                                                family. Supporting local farmers should not       for pesticide-ridden produce and antibiotic-
that's your choice too. But you keep your
                                                be ridiculed. It forms the basis of the           laden meats and poultries that make us sick
MOUTH SHUT when it comes to my
                                                community I live in today. We take that           and ultimately drive up the price of health
decisions, else it's open season when it
                                                seriously here in Nebraska.” Lincoln, NE          care - that is REALLY dumb. A little
comes to yours. YOU GOT THAT, SIR?!”
                                                                                                  prevention in the way of assistance for
Arvada, CO                                      “Do you have any understanding of how
                                                                                                  organic and local farmers would do a lot of
                                                uneducated you sound by your statements
“Dear Rep. Peterson As a constituent of                                                           good. And you should know that.
                                                concerning the pricing of organic goods? It
your district in MN I was very offended to                                                        Sometimes you Democrats make me
                                                just proves you have not done your
read of your latest views of consumers who                                                        ashamed to be one of you.” Chappaqua, NY
                                                homework and when you don't do your
purchase organic food and other products. I
                                                homework, it's best not to raise your hand.       “Dear Chairman, I am not dumb. My son
am not “dumb,” having a PhD in nursing
                                                We pay for the quality, the hard work put         and daughter regained their health through
and currently work as a cancer nurse
                                                into organic farming, for the small farmer,       organic foods. It is obvious that you do not
researcher. I know the science and am very
                                                for no pesticides, for no GMO's and local         understand the dangers of GMO and other
informed about the ill effects of hormones,
                                                purchasing keeps local economies strong. I        untested scientific experiments in our foods.
pesticides, and other toxic chemicals that
                                                could go on and on but I don't have the time      I suggest you educate yourself, before one
often are part of large scale agricultural
                                                to try to educate someone who obviously           of your own loved ones fall victim to the
farms and businesses. The recent rash of
                                                does not care to be educated. My                  poisons our government encourages
food recalls confirms my views. I hope that
                                                sympathies go to the people of MN and to          agriculture to use. Sincerely,”
you will apologize to consumers who
                                                the House Ag Committee.”
purchase organic products and the farmers,                                                        "Congratulations on having the OCA
including many in MN, who work diligently       “Hello there! Or maybe I should say - Duh,        Dumbest Quote of the Week for the week
to grow organic food. Your comments were        hello. See, I'm one of the folks “dumb            ending 03 November 2007. Also, I'm glad
not reflective of MN and were more in line      enough” to pay for organic food and grass         you a smart enough not to care about your
with the Washington DC elite and                fed beef. I'm SO dumb that I care about           own health or that of the land and people
agribusiness lobbyists. Please apologize!”      how my food is grown. I'm one of those            that feed us. More pesticides, herbicides,
                                                nuts who values things like fresh-smelling        hormones, and bacterial contamination for
“By now I'm sure you've gotten plenty of
                                                air and drinkable water, something lost as        the good Congressman! Nice job!”
messages about how inappropriate your
                                                soon as a confined animal feeding operation
statement “...And if people are dumb                                                              “As a person who has lived most of her life
                                                moves in. I'm stupid enough to want to
enough to pay that much then hallelujah.” I                                                       in rural communities, I am astounded by
                                                support my neighbors who are growing the
add my chagrin. Please consider that those                                                        your comments and hope that in fact you
                                                food I eat in a sustainable way, which
of us who buy organic produce do so                                                               did not make them. I prefer to eat food that
                                                protects the environment, and keeps my
because of the proven advantages to not                                                           is not sprayed, commercially fertilized,
                                                local economy healthy. I'm foolish enough
only our health but the environment.                                                              irradiated, or shipped thousands of miles,
                                                to think that keeping my dollars in my local
Currently we pay atypically high prices not                                                       and I am willing to pay more money for it. I
                                                economy and supporting a business practice
because it costs two or three times more to                                                       place a high value on my health. Small
farmers and farms and local food related        “When you are puzzled, don't remain                "Dear Mr. Peterson, I recently received an
enterprises perform a valuable service and      ignorant of what is occurring beyond your          email from the Organic Consumers
should be assisted in every way possible. I     sphere of knowledge. Seeking knowledge             Association that included a recent quote of
object to subsidies to large multi-nationals    can be very rewarding while embracing              yours, which they had crowned the dumbest
and factory farms. I do not believe factory     ignorance never is.”                               quote of the week. You said, “For whatever
farms are the salvation of the global food                                                         reason, people are willing to pay two or
                                                “Congratulations, you just made an ass out
shortage. Local food production needs to be                                                        three times as much for something that says
                                                of yourself.”
supported and encouraged. Local farms that                                                         'organic' or 'local'. Far be it from me to
serve their communities promote healthy         “Dear Rep. Peterson, I just wanted to let          understand what that's about, but that's
local environments and healthy local            you know that you can include me in the list       reality. And if people are dumb enough to
economies. Factory farming should not           of “dumb” consumers who will pay more (if          pay that much then hallelujah.” It's an
operate at the expense of local agriculture.”   necessary ) for local and/or organic food. It      unfortunate thing that you're unable to
                                                is better tasting, supports the community,         understand why people such as myself
“Many of us support local, organic food
                                                and is healthier for me and my friends and         would choose to buy organic, and that you
producers because they are small, family
                                                family. In the big picture, it really isn't more   could be so crass as to label it dumb. And if
farms, directly linked to local communities.
                                                expensive when you take into account the           you don't prefer to buy high-quality, local
We choose to support them, rather than
                                                cost of treating disease ( both people,            produce, then that's fine. But your choices
huge faceless conglomerates who have no
                                                animal and environment ) “An ounce of              as a lawmaker effect thousands of people.
direct relationship to our community. Your
                                                prevention...” Roseville, MN                       While the organic and local market is
comment revealed you are unconscious of
                                                                                                   growing thanks to consumers, it could use
the former, and doing business with the         “Dear Sir, You are a rude and
                                                                                                   help from the government, especially for
later. Please reconsider.”                      condescending moron if that is your                farmers who are considering switching to
                                                viewpoint of people and their choice to eat
“All I can say is I am shocked at the                                                              organic growing. But as long as you and
                                                healthy food that does not degrade the
statement you recently made regarding                                                              your colleagues are refusing to give credit
                                                environment. Especially the Local label.
organic and locally produced meat,                                                                 and support to this important movement in
                                                That is key to funding local economy,
vegetables and fruit. I'm embarrassed that                                                         agriculture, the prices will stay high, and
                                                keeping local areas flush with healthy food,       people who would consider buying organic
you are representing my state. Where have
                                                and reducing carbon output from                    produce will continue to consider it out of
you been hiding? Obviously with the big
                                                unnecessarily trucking food around the
agricultural interests that are fighting the                                                       their economic range. It is truly unfortunate
                                                country. Rescind your commons or face the
idea of the truth being told about chemical                                                        that the new Farm Bill is continuing to give
                                                wrath of the people! Wake up Sir!”
drenched farming. Please, do some research                                                         massive support to factory farms and
                                                Portland, OR
into this fast growing segment of                                                                  growers of supplies that will ultimately be
agriculture. We need educated and               "I'm impressed that you think my family            used in the manufacturing of junk food. In a
enlightened leaders in congress to move this    and their support of local and organic             time when obesity and other diseases are
country forward.” Duluth, MN                    farmers is “dumb” . I'm impressed that you         massive problems in this country, the
                                                hold the chair that you do on the House's          government has refused to make changes at
“Maybe you need to learn a little more
                                                agricultural committee and lack so much            the most important and basic level. If the
about organics before you accept a position
                                                knowledge about nutrition, economics and           government does not encourage agriculture
as chairman of the House of                                                                        to make a healthier switch, then people will
                                                health. Our family buys local and organic
Representatives agricultural committee.                                                            continue to lack access to high-quality,
                                                foods and spend next to nothing on health
Your ignorance shows that the current
                                                care. We do not burden the government              nutritious foods. Thanks to you and your
government does not value its people.
                                                with needs of handouts and subsides that           colleagues, these problems will only
Congratulations; you have shed even more
                                                only result in a viscous cycle. Honestly, I        continue to grow, and I think you should be
blinding light on our governments distorted                                                        ashamed. So although the OCA has
                                                consider myself VERY informed and quite
values.”                                                                                           encouraged us to congratulate you on
                                                educated on my choices. Congratulations on
“Dear Chairman Peterson: Why “far be it         winning the dumbest quote of the week              winning the dumbest quote of the week
for you to understand” what motivates           award from the Organic Consumers                   award, I want to encourage you to further
people to pay more for organic food when        Association!”                                      consider this matter, and educate yourself,
you are the chairman of the agricultural                                                           so that maybe you will not continue to write
                                                “I hope you take a good look soon at what          it off as “dumb.” Thank you for your time.”
committee? Instead of saying we are
                                                is happening to our food supply. Going
“dumb” you could make a good faith effort                                                          Boston, MA
                                                organic and local is our only hope for
to understand the fastest growing sector of
                                                reasonably pure and healthful food. Food           “congressman- are you serious when you
the agricultural sector. Hey, it can't hurt!
                                                like health care needs to be taken out of the      refer to people who buy local or organic
Moorestown, NJ
                                                corporate profit realm. This is a big lesson       products as dumb? you being the chairman
“Please explain to me your complete lack of     to learn and you are capable of it. That “D”       of the agricultural committee?! disgusting.”
logic. Regular food producers do need           behind your name means you are educable            Bethlehem, PA
federal help but organic producers do not?      and we'll keep working on you. We are not          “Dear Collin, I do believe that if you
You are not an ignorant man. Please give        going away anytime soon since we are
                                                                                                   subsidized a government study that you
more thought to the problems with pesticide     fighting for survival of the human race on
                                                                                                   would find that consumers who buy locally
laden farm land and recognize the benefits      this issue.” West Linn, OR
                                                                                                   grown and organic products are well
of organic farming. Publicly.”
                                                                                                   educated, highly intelligent and loving
people who want to nourish their God given        paying more for yourself, but to say that         scores this past week. You said, the farmers
bodies with the healthiest food possible, and     people are dumb because they prefer non-          that raise organic and grass-fed beef for
also to sustain our beautiful planet with         industrial food is just plain ignorant.” San      local consumption need little help from the
careful and responsible stewardship. Please       Francisco, CA                                     government. In truth, they need as much
in the future, refer to us in a way that is                                                         help as the help given to the feed-lot farmer
                                                  “If taxpayer money was used to help
respectful and kind as befits your position                                                         and then some. Organic farming is labor-
                                                  organic farmers instead of factory farm
of power. Insults only reflect poorly on                                                            intensive--more mulching is needed, as well
                                                  agribusinesses, I wouldn't have to use my
you.”                                                                                               as more hand weeding. Extensive marketing
                                                  small salary to pay 2 or 3 times as much for
                                                                                                    is often needed to bring consumers to the
“To Mr. Peterson: I find in no way that           non-toxic food for my children. If you're
                                                                                                    local sources, and direct sales are
ignorance is bliss. Your statement that you       dumb enough to feed your family toxic
                                                                                                    influenced by weather and gas costs for the
don't understand why consumers would pay          food, then hallelujah for the fact that your
                                                                                                    farmer. Please educate yourself. There are
more for organic or local produce than            bloodline will be at an evolutionary
                                                                                                    also many hidden costs associated with
commercial food definitely shows your             disadvantage. Congratulations on being in
                                                                                                    grass-fed beef of a similar nature. It is
unawareness of the health and sustainability      the pockets of agribusinesses that abuse
                                                                                                    difficult to find organic grain suppliers for
of organic, local foods. Perhaps you would        living things.” Holland Patent, NY
                                                                                                    the winter months and marketing to the
be best reading reports from the American
                                                  “Mr. Peterson, Thanks so much for your            local consumer takes savvy and sometimes,
Toxicology Association about what
                                                  incredibly stupid and short-sighted               guidance, as to the potential consumer
chemical herbicides and pesticides do to our
                                                  comments as to how organic consumers              groups. Secondly, organic and local are two
body. I'd rather live more healthfully and
                                                  “are dumb enough to pay that much” for            entirely different things. Local buying,
longer paying more for my food than suffer
                                                  organic and locally produced food.                whether organic or not, is valuable because
through Alzheimeier's or other degenerative
                                                  Comments of this sort go a long way               it saves on carbon in the form of oil and
diseases due to toxicity. You are welcome
                                                  towards helping prevent the re-election of        coal--have you noticed that gas continues to
to make choices on your life but please
                                                  politicians who are apparently beholden to        go up? Have you read the stats on how
don't impose your unawareness on me or
                                                  big agri-businesses.”                             much Carbon Dioxide is pumped into the
                                                                                                    air from burning coal? Do you care about
                                                  “Mr. Peterson, You may think it's dumb to
“Collin, I am extremely disturbed over your                                                         global warming? Do you care about the
                                                  pay more for organic, locally grown foods.        mess we are leaving our children and
recent comments regarding people being
                                                  But I do so whenever possible. The reason
“dumb enough” to buy Organic foods. To                                                              grandchildren?
                                                  is that I am aware that our industrial,
say that there is NO difference between
                                                  petroleum-intensive, factory approach to          Consumers have been forced to pay big
Organic foods and non-Organic foods that
                                                  farming and food distribution is not              bucks for organic because the small farmer
have been sprayed and injected with all
                                                  sustainable. Moreover, it's very damaging to      has to compete with the large agri-business
sorts of pesticides, hormones, and
                                                  our environment, our health, and the well-        producer who is a friend of the government.
antibiotics, IS JUST PLAIN DUMB in
                                                  being of our nation and our planet. There         Don't be misled. Organic and grass-fed beef
itself! And coming from the supposed Chair
                                                  are no ballots at the voting booth that allow     farmers need just as much help as the larger
of the House Agriculture Committee???
                                                  me to advocate for a shift toward                 corporate farmers. People want organic
Your lack of knowledge on Organic
                                                  fundamental sanity. So I vote in the one          food so they can maintain their health
farming is pathetic and if you aren't that
                                                  way that truly seems to matter in America,        longer and live a higher quality of life.
dumb, then you are being paid off which is
                                                  with my wallet. Hallelujah. Call me dumb if       Please educate yourself, and before you
even worse... I hope you will retract your
                                                  you wish; I know better.” Chico, CA”              make such rash statements that are
previous statement.” Mobile, AL
                                                                                                    embarrassing and belittling to yourself, eat
                                                  As a Minnesota voter and a friend of small
“Dumb is burning fossil fuel to ship                                                                an organic meal or two, taste and
                                                  farmers and sustainable agriculture, I resent
processed, unhealthy food across country.                                                           experience the difference. Be open minded
                                                  your statement that consumption of organic        and understand what people are wanting
Shame on you - all research shows that food
                                                  products is “dumb.” Let the subsidies go to       today. We're tired of getting sick due to bad
not sprayed with harmful pesticides is
                                                  organic farmers who are helping to preserve
healthier. Eat crap if you like - I will gladly                                                     soil, bad air and poor water. We want
                                                  the Earth, not to Cargill, which is exploiting
pay extra for organic.” Nevada City, CA                                                             government to wake up and listen to our
                                                  it.” St. Paul, MN
                                                                                                    research and findings. I trust you will do
“You may feel like you are required to stay
                                                  I urge you to educate yourself on organic         some thinking about these issues and not be
the party line by saying things like: “For                                                          found sleeping in the future. Thank you.”
                                                  products before making more ignorant
whatever reason, people are willing to pay
                                                  statements. Long Beach, CA                        “Representative Peterson: Congratulations
two or three times as much for something
that says 'organic' or 'local'. Far be it from    “Foods aren't just “marked” 'organic' and         for getting the “Dumbest Quote of the
me to understand what that's about, but           'local' for no reason. It is because people       Week” award from the Organic Consumers
that's reality. And if people are dumb            don't want to eat any more pesticides,            Association. Actually, your comment shows
enough to pay that much then hallelujah.”         poison.....cancer..... One reason to buy          nothing more than how willing the US
But it can't possibly be true that when you       'local' is you don't use as much fossil fuel to   government is to continually subsidize
are alone with your thoughts, away from the       get the goods to the consumers.” Fort             farms that are growing nothing more than
cameras and your colleagues, that you             Bragg, CA                                         chemical laced, nutritionally deficient and
really don't understand the difference                                                              genetically modified food with which
                                                  “Dear Representative Peterson, Frankly I          independent farmers cannot make much
between organic food and non-organic
                                                  was amazed at your ignorance on several           money at it. On the other hand, organic
food. You may not agree that it is worth
food producers have shown that they can          food. That's why I do it. I don't need to eat   World Order and your poisonous venom,
make money growing high quality,                 bad foods. That's dumb.” Pgh, PA                which you carelessly spread throughout this
nutritional foods, while protecting soil                                                         nation and abroad, will come back to haunt
                                                 “I hope you live close to a small farm or
quality. Go ahead and eat chemically                                                             you someday. Stop polluting our food
                                                 have local people who produce organic
treated, nutritionally poor food. That way, I                                                    supply NOW!”
                                                 because in the day to come you are going to
know that you will die young and no longer
                                                 need them. Soon you will understand why it      “Congratulations on winning the Organic
be able to make dumb quotes.” Oakdale,
                                                 is so important to support real organic and     Consumer Association's award for Dumbest
                                                 small local farming.”                           quote of the week. Your statements show
“Words escape me. What do you not                                                                your complete lack of understanding of
                                                 “What's REALLY dumb is that the U.S.
understand? Of course I do not want to pay                                                       what your job is really about. It really
                                                 doesn't observe W.H.O standards for Mad
more for local organic food, but I do and                                                        concerns me that the person holding the
                                                 Cow testing whilst feeding calves blood
will. Why? Because it tastes better, it's                                                        Agricultural Chair has no understanding of
                                                 from the slaughterhouse, which actually
better for me, it supports my local economy                                                      the fundamentals of agriculture today.
                                                 CUASES the disease. What's even dumber
not some mega corporation and it is a                                                            Organic farming is better for the consumer,
                                                 is that your average Joe doesn't understand
kinder and gentler way to live. I DO NOT                                                         better for the farmer, and better for the
                                                 that 13% of all Alzheimer‟s cases in the
SUPPORT something with an organic label                                                          planet than conventional farming. The food
                                                 U.S. are actually Mad Cow Disease from
that is abusing organic standards and is                                                         is more nutritious, the soil is healthier, and
                                                 our cannibalizing livestock. Dumber yet,
produced by a megalopoly. i.e. Safeway,                                                          the farms produce more abundantly than
                                                 our prevailing American's don't know that
Horizon or any other nationally distributed                                                      conventional farms, at the same time saving
                                                 Diabetes has gone up 300% since the
organic abusing chemical company. That                                                           money on pesticides, herbicides, and
                                                 introduction of High Fructose Corn Syrup
does put a fake high price on their products                                                     fertilizers. Not to mention the benefit of not
                                                 to our foods, which of course is banned in
to increase earnings for a few corporate                                                         dumping all those chemicals into the
                                                 organics. Sure, you may call us dumb, but
bigwigs.”                                                                                        environment. Our government should be
                                                 it's our kids who are getting the good grades
                                                                                                 looking to subsidize the organic farmer
“For the Chair of the Agriculture                in school because we know that the
                                                                                                 while scaling back, or eliminating
Committee to say “people are willing to pay      combination of aspartame and MSG inhibits
                                                                                                 completely, subsidies for the conventional
two or three times as much for something         brain development, and we're well above
                                                                                                 and factory farms. Step into the 21st
that says 'organic' or 'local'. Far be it from   sending our kids to school with a bag of
                                                                                                 century Mr. Peterson, and do the job we
me to understand what that's about...”           Doritos and diet coke. You give democrats
                                                                                                 taxpayers pay you to do. I hope this award
indicates a serious problem. The                 a bad name.”
                                                                                                 encourages you to educate yourself before
Representative doesn't feel it is important to
                                                 “You seem to be unaware of what non-            you speak.” Citrus Heights, CA
understand the reasoning of the people he is
                                                 organic costs in cooperate welfare,
supposed to represent? He is clearly not                                                         “Please step down from anything related to
                                                 increased health risk and the fact that
doing his job. He doesn't need to agree with                                                     agriculture, the economy, or governing the
                                                 generally organic foods just taste better!”
them, but it is the greatest insult and a show                                                   US people, as you are clearly SO far out of
of utter irresponsibility to suggest that he     “Mr. Peterson, you are way behind the           touch that you are irrelevant. “ Ayer, MA
needn't bother to understand his                 science. Recent studies at U. of Texas,
                                                                                                 “I am shocked and disappointed to hear that
constituents.”                                   Tufts University, U. of CA at Davis,
                                                                                                 you would have arrogance to make the
                                                 Washington State U., and University of
“Gee, some of us think it's dumb to put                                                          public statement at the end of this letter. It
                                                 Strathclyde, U.K show that organically
poison on our food before we eat it, to use                                                      is a sad commentary on the state of our
                                                 grown foods have much higher nutrient
fossil fuels to ship food all over the world                                                     nation's understanding of what “nourishing
                                                 value and much higher antioxidant (anti-
instead of eating fresh locally grown when                                                       food” is. It is irresponsible to make such
                                                 cancer) value. Further more, a UN report
possible, or to pay huge medical bills for                                                       statements in times where obesity is at an
                                                 concluded that the superior management
the health effects of eating the cheapest                                                        all time high and environmentally-elated
                                                 practices of organic agriculture reduce E.
food we can get, and despoiling our                                                              cancers are growing at alarming rates. As a
                                                 coli and mycotoxin infections in food. If
environment by encouraging unsustainable                                                         person in a position to make a difference,
                                                 you did some homework you would just say
and damaging farm practices instead of                                                           you are wasting my tax money with your
                                                 no to the big boys of agri-business and
supporting local small intelligently                                                             salary and your support of measures that are
                                                 embrace the truth.”
managed farms. Penny wise and pound                                                              simply growing a sick nation. You seem to
foolish I believe is the apt phrase. When all    “Senator Peterson, How ignorant and             have the same mantra as President Bush -
the soil is degraded, the rivers poisoned, the   ridiculous your comment was! Please             “stay the course” . You know how well that
trees cut, the ocean empty, people will          educate yourself a little bit on why the        has been working for him. Perhaps when
finally see that you can't eat money.” San       chemical, factory farm industry is so           your family is personally impacted by the
Leandro, CA                                      destructive to our health and why we would      sick food supply of this country, you will
                                                 choose organic. Also take a look at how big     wake up. Iowa City, IA
“You need to educate yourself on, how and
                                                 business steam rollers over all concerns for
what you eat affects your health.”                                                               “Paying more for sustainably, locally and
                                                 nutrition, health and well being in order to
                                                                                                 organically grown food is anything but
“Dear Mr. Peterson, I hope you don't get         keep profits high.”
                                                                                                 “dumb” as you assert. We who vote this
too sick from eating pesticides. Better yet, I
                                                 “The only dumb thing is in fact that you are    way with our dollars care about the fate of
hope you enjoy your dull food. Buying
                                                 the chair of the House Agriculture              our planet, the world our children will
organic foods means that you eat safe, tasty
                                                 Committee. You are a minion of the New          inherit and the poisons unleashed into our
bodies and the earth from agribusiness             fact causing great harm to this country.        “Congratulations Collin for getting the
factory farming. Only fools would poison           There is a vast wealth of information           Organic Consumers Association award for
the very air and water that is needed for our      available to you, Mr. Peterson, and I ask       the dumbest quote of the week! Isn't it
survival and indeed that is what we have           that you use it and realize the necessity of    obvious to you that if consumers are willing
been doing. It's time for that to change.”         understanding opposing viewpoints.”             to pay two to three times the price for
                                                   Rohnert Park, CA                                organic, that it means PEOPLE PREFER
"Local food production reduces the need for
                                                                                                   ORGANIC OVER FOOD THAT
fossil fuels. Organic produce does the same        “I am one of those “dumb” organic
                                                                                                   CONTAINS CHEMICALS! Da! Wake up!
by relying on natural fertilizers instead of       consumers you speak of as are my children.
                                                                                                   Not only am I and my family interested in
those made with petrochemicals. As even            I vote. I pay more for my food because the
                                                                                                   putting healthy food in our bodies but we
our president has said, reducing the need for      dangerous food full of chemicals and
                                                                                                   care deeply about the impact chemicals
fossil fuels is a good idea. Grow up and           hormones your friends throw upon the
                                                                                                   have on the environment. You need to pass
face the facts.”                                   masses at low prices due to subsidies means
                                                                                                   a US farm bill that supports helping farmers
                                                   that healthy food is unsubsidized, thus more
“Your ignorance rivals your lack of                                                                switch their land production to organic
                                                   expensive. I pay more now, but I certainly
taste...or maybe it's just your lack of                                                            farming FAST! This has everything to do
                                                   won't pay more later through colon cancer
experience with fresh food grown without a                                                         with the government and your moral
                                                   and other health problems. My children are
lot of chemicals. There really is a                                                                responsibility! Wake up and do the “right”
                                                   healthier eating organic foods. They have
difference.” Walla Walla, WA                                                                       thing for ALL PEOPLE! Sincerely,”
                                                   colds less often and get well sooner than
                                                                                                   Richfield, MN
“Mr. Peterson, Yes, it is wonderful that the       their peers. I am proud to say we are
organic movement is growing and                    organic eaters. Your comments were short        “In regards about Collin's comment about
successful without the government. We              sighted and ignorant, but I'm sure              paying extra for organic and local produce
who choose to purchase local and/or                agribusiness (i.e., Tyson, ConAgra)will pat     being “dumb” , I urge you to take a look at
organic food are not dumb, however. When           you on the back for another job well done.”     your own health and the health crisis of the
you and your family succumb to health                                                              children and grandchildren in this country.
                                                   “The depth of your own ignorance on the
problems and early deaths, you'll realize                                                          Then examine that comment again. It is
                                                   subject of wholesome, healthy food was the
just how smart we are. You can't eat money                                                         pure ignorance to hear those comments
                                                   real message you expressed.” Seattle, WA
Mr. Peterson!!!!” Omaha, NE                                                                        from people in Washington. Will it take you
                                                   “A little more research, (3rd party             or your family's own health crisis to wake
“Collin, You are showing your ignorance
                                                   research), on your part would show you          up? I spent ten years of my young life sick
with comments implying that people who
                                                   why organic and local foods are much            due to “American agriculture” and am now
buy Organic are dumb. Suggest you clean
                                                   healthier of an option than the farming         a wellness doctor. I am sickened by your
up your act and educate yourself on the
                                                   sector of big business. I have been             DUMB remarks!” Sun City West, AZ
dangers of pesticides and chemicals in
                                                   purchasing organic and local for years now
foods. In addition, organic is not three times                                                     “You need to educate yourself on organic
                                                   and while I have paid more I can not once
the cost. Where have you been all these                                                            farming. Your statement is the one that is
                                                   remember paying,” two or three times as
years? Best you get out of your ivory tower                                                        dumb!”
                                                   much for something that says 'organic' or
and get educated. I was raised in Moorhead,
                                                   'local'.” And your comment, “if people are      “Dear Representative Collin Peterson, It
MN, and lived most of my early life in
                                                   dumb enough to pay that much then               surprises me greatly that you should make
Minnesota, and your comments are an
                                                   hallelujah,” is insulting. My understanding     such an uninformed remark to the Financial
                                                   is that you are the chairman of the House of    Times regarding the fact that people will
“Mr. Peterson, Your outrageously ignorant          Representatives agricultural committee.         pay more for organic or local produce.
comment about consumers who choose to              Holding a position for the people of the        These things do cost more; however the
buy local, organic food products are               U.S. I would expect a more educated person      people who buy them are not dumb, as you
completely inappropriate for a member of           to be at the helm.”                             say, but well-informed about the greater
Congress. If you had done any research on                                                          value of organic and local crops--greater
                                                   “I read your stated opinion on organics, and
organic or local food compared to food                                                             nutrition from organic farming practices,
                                                   first off, thank you for starting my day with
from faraway conventional farms, you                                                               and less nutrition loss from not having to be
                                                   a laugh. Second, it is those who DON'T
would know that organic food has higher                                                            shipped thousands of miles, not to mention
                                                   chose organic food are that “dumb,” as the
nutritional content, has less negative affect                                                      the saving in fossil fuels used to ship them.
                                                   chemically laden foods, especially meats
on the environment due to the lack of                                                              Oh yes, and let's not forget the fact that
                                                   and diary, will build up in their systems and
pesticide use, and that buying local                                                               small (local) farms and organic producers
                                                   have scientifically proven links to cancer.
decreases the “food miles” that your food                                                          never see any subsidies, such as large agri-
                                                   Third, people may be “dumb” for thinking
travels, i.e. the amount of gasoline wasted                                                        corporate, pesticide-intensive farmers
                                                   the foods labeled organic are actually, in
to bring it to your local stores via trucking. I                                                   receive. I would have expected such a
                                                   fact, organic, because the USDAs
demand that you not only resign your post                                                          remark from a Republican, sitting in his/her
                                                   restrictions and qualifications are many
as head of the House agricultural                                                                  high tower far removed from the average
                                                   times vague or not strict enough. Maybe
committee, but consider resigning from                                                             person, and thinking only about him/herself.
                                                   someone as smart as you and in your high
your post as a Congressperson. America                                                             But from a Democrat? Very surprising.
                                                   position in Congress could help the rest of
needs its public spokespeople to be                                                                Please aim to be better informed about what
                                                   us out. Instead of patronizing us I mean.
intelligent and progressive in order to                                                            kind of priorities your constituents and
                                                   Thank you and good luck”
continue to grow. Your brand of simple-                                                            other Americans put on the quality of foods
minded ignorance is not needed, and is in                                                          we buy for ourselves and our families.”
“Perhaps if you followed the lass your          “Your statement informs me that you are          family's health. Next time think before you
Creator has suggested, you would see the        the wrong person for this position. I know       speak.”
value in eating food as She intended. It        young children that know the difference
                                                                                                 “Born in Minneapolis and with many
would also help your brain function better      between commercially raised and
                                                                                                 relatives living there, I cannot believe how
so you wouldn't say such ignorant things.”      organically raised produce and meat. I
                                                                                                 ignorant YOU are.... or is someone paying
SeaTac, WA                                      request you step down and pass the torch to
                                                                                                 you to “think” this way?”
                                                someone that understands the difference.”
“You're the one that's dumb.” Hancock, MI
                                                Asheville, NC                                    “Congratulations, Rep. Peterson, you just
“Mr. Consumer Collin Peterson, Thanks for                                                        don't get it, do you? If you want to fill your
                                                “Why don't you understand what big
the insult...I wont forget it. We grow                                                           old and haggard body up with chemicals
                                                agribusiness is doing to ruin our food
organic & raise our livestock organic. The                                                       that your precious government says are
                                                supply. They spray things on it that makes
proof that it's worth it is in the results.                                                      okay to ingest, have at it. But don't call us
                                                many of us sick. Or is that what you want it
Healthy animals and people. Speaking of                                                          dumb because we'd rather not poison our
                                                to do?”
healthy animals, you don't look to good.                                                         bodies. Personally, I think you are the dumb
Maybe you should try my livestock's diet.”      “I am amazed, stupefied, in a quandary!          one for eating non-organic products!”
                                                Just how did you earn your position of
“Congratulations, Mr. Peterson! Your body                                                        “Wow! Your quote is scary and ignorant. I
                                                responsibility in our government? Where
must be able to take all the pesticides,                                                         recommend you do a little more research
                                                have you been for the last 50 years?” San
hormones, bio-engineered and altered                                                             about why the organic movement and local
                                                Francisco, CA
foods. However, mine cannot. A build up of                                                       food movement is so important. Organic,
these things in my system has made me           “I am amazed how incredibly dumb your            healthy, local food should be affordable for
allergic to many “normal” foods. Therefore,     comment was. Not only did you manage to          every American. Yes, this movement is
I buy organic wherever possible, just           put very little thought into it, you also seem   growing despite any help from the
hoping that they truly are pesticide free and   to know absolutely nothing about the             government. That fact alone should tell you
hormone free. I believe our great America       reasons why I choose to buy organic. It has      something or at least peak your curiosity
has suffered long and hard with more and        nothing to do with price but taking personal     enough to really look into this issue. I'm not
more allergies, asthma, and diabetes taking     responsibility for my health and that of my      “dumb” for paying higher prices for organic
their toll on our people. You do a great        family, of making my own contribution to         and/or locally grown food. It's the right
disservice by blowing off the advantages of     ecologically sound decision. Organic             thing to do. Look into it. You may just find
organically and locally grown, and              farmers and ranchers should get as much          out you want to support the right thing to do
therefore full of more nutrients, foods.        consideration. Considering the state of our      as well.”
Thank you for considering my thoughts and       health care system, our country's waist lines
                                                                                                 “Dumb? Really? Maybe you need a little
my body's health.”                              growing every year, an increase in
                                                                                                 more information on the subject. Some
                                                obesity/diabetes/allergies, etc., this should
 “I am appalled and take great offense to                                                        people make choices that are healthier for
                                                be of great concern to you. But I guess that
your asinine quote mocking consumers who                                                         their families, and are willing (even if
                                                would require a bit more thought!”
pay more for organic or local produce. In                                                        barely able) to pay extra for those choices.
fact, we are actually paying less in the long   “Congratulations on winning the Organic          Like eating vegetables at the peak of their
run in terms of health costs as we are not      Consumers Association award for the              freshness, when they are still full of
bombarding our systems with poisonous           dumbest quote of the week PAYING                 vitamins, not like foods transported far that
pesticides, residues of which are found on      MORE FOR ORGANIC OR LOCAL                        are picked before ripened and never get the
and within conventional crops. In fact,         FOOD IS “dumb” Organic farming                   chance to develop the vitamins that “vine
organic crops pose less of a burden on the      practices produce the healthiest food with       ripened” foods can. Choosing foods that
environment as well by enriching soils          the least impact on the environment. Local       have not been transported long distances,
instead of poisoning and depleting them.        and organic help to solve a host of              thus adding to our air pollution (especially
Buying local produce supports local             environmental problems including reducing        those of us with asthmatic children) is more
economies and small farmers (much to the        our carbon output by limiting the distance       than simply a selfless act. Eating foods
chagrin of huge agribusinesses), and            the food we eat travels. I urge you to read      without carcinogenic pesticides, especially
reduces our carbon footprint and the waste      more about organic and local food                our children, whose bodies and cells are
of precious and dwindling fossil fuels.         production - you obviously didn't realize        still developing, is very important to some
Indeed, you should be thankful for those of     what you were saying.”                           of us. Giving our children milk without
us who are willing to pay more to support                                                        Bovine Growth Hormones, which have
                                                “It is irresponsible that given your position
healthy alternatives to our currently                                                            been shown to cause unhealthy, premature
                                                you would not educate your self about the
unsustainable way of growing and selling                                                         puberty in children and increases girls' risk
                                                organic market and make such offensive
crops.”                                                                                          for breast cancer down the road is making
                                                remarks. You have given me another reason
                                                                                                 an EDUCATED choice, the very opposite
“Just a quick note to let you know, Sir, that   to lose faith in our government.
                                                                                                 of DUMB. Please think before opening
I have been consuming organic produce           Congratulations.”
                                                                                                 your mouth, lest your foot fly in.”
since 1987 and, contrary to your ill
                                                “If you understood what you are feeding
informed statement, I am not dumb!! I am                                                         “What's dumb is to continue to ingest
                                                your family when you buy a can of corn for
willing to bet that you regret making that                                                       chemical residuals on our foods and ignore
                                                $0.19, you will only begin to understand the
very politically-incorrect statement.”                                                           the health issues of cancer and immune
                                                negative impacts you are making on the
Tucson, AZ                                                                                       compromised diseases that didn't exist
                                                environment, economy, and your own
                                                                                                 decades ago. Organic eaters will have better
health and, as a bonus, save thousands of         should do a little research so you know          “Dear Sir, With all due respect your
dollars, if that's what you mainly care           what you're talking about.” Seattle, WA          comments concerning Organic Food
about.”                                                                                            products shows a need for more education
                                                  “Sir, I find that people who buy “foods”
                                                                                                   about this market. The benefits to
“Collin Peterson, congratulations on being        that are not safe or real (genetically
                                                                                                   consumers, farmers and the environment
so out of touch with today‟s consumers. If        modified), even though they are cheaper,
                                                                                                   are tangible and important. If you are open
there is any justice, an idiot like you will      are wasting their money.”
                                                                                                   to it I would like to arrange a meeting with
die of colon cancer from all the pesticides
                                                  “The reason why I am willing to pay more         some Organic Farmers from Minnesota to
you've been consuming over the years!”
                                                  for organic is because my daughter had           further help you understand the value in
Bath, ME
                                                  lymphoma at 27 years old. I have an 11           Organic production. Bozeman, MT
“Dear Collin Peterson, I believe strongly in      year old granddaughter. I choose food that
                                                                                                   “Your statement calling those of us willing
eating healthy food that is free of pesticides,   has been produced/grown, without the use
                                                                                                   to pay extra for local and organic food and
growth hormones, preservatives and                of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, heavy
                                                                                                   for grass-fed meats shows your disrespect
anything else that is not natural. I am           metals and other toxic substances. What
                                                                                                   for many Americans and your lack of
instilling these values into my family and        will it take to link Cancer to toxins in our
                                                                                                   knowledge. I buy local/organic/grass-fed
anyone else that I can tell. As the chair of      air, soil and water. I think that people who
                                                                                                   because it is my patriotic duty to do what I
the Agriculture Committee you should be           voted for you are the dumb ones, sir.” Palm
                                                                                                   can to take care of this precious nation,
encouraging organic farming. I will               Harbor, FL
                                                                                                   because scientific studies show these forms
continue to pay the prices for organic food
                                                  “Amazing. You actually believe that the          of food production to be healthier for both
because that is what the human body was
                                                  sector of consumers who have done the            the environment and for my family, because
designed to eat. How dare you say we are
                                                  research to understand the labeling,             “local” means it does not further our
ignorant, you truly are the ignorant one!!”
                                                  nutrition of less processed foods and local      dependence on fossil fuels and is fresh and
Sinking Spring, PA
                                                  foods eaten ripe when harvested, are             employs my neighbors... With statements
“Congratulations on being an idiot in             DUMB??? And you are in charge of people          like that one, it scares me than you are chair
public! I don't think I'm “dumb” for              and programs?? Do you believe the                of the Agriculture committee.” Clovis, CA
wanting healthier food for myself and my          smartest consumers are those that buy the
                                                                                                   “Mr. Peterson, With all due respect, until
family.”                                          cheapest, most processed high fat/calorie,
                                                                                                   you should refrain from such statements
                                                  nutritionally empty foods??? I urge you to
“Dear Mr. Collin Peterson, Those of us who                                                         until you investigate fully what the situation
                                                  do some research of your own by
are willing to pay more for organic food                                                           is. The pesticides and chemicals that
                                                  independent research organizations (those
have no choice because of ignorant people                                                          pervade the usual food chain is at the cause
                                                  not owned by Monsanto or Aurora or Del
like you. All the chemicals that are being                                                         of obesity and malnutrition. Health care
                                                  Monte) and see for yourself that organic is
dumped into our fields and water ways                                                              costs and the diseases related to obesity are
                                                  better for everyone. There are so many
come with a price and that is our health.                                                          all connected. Organic has EVERYTHING
                                                  reasons why, if you begin to learn for
They once said cigarettes wouldn't hurt you                                                        to do with needing governmental protection
                                                  yourself instead of parroting what the “paid
and now you believe that crops grown with                                                          to preserve the purity and health of our food
                                                  off” research tells you, you would
dangerous chemicals can't hurt us as well? I                                                       supply. Please reconsider your comments.
                                                  undoubtedly do a better job of representing
support small farmers who can barely make                                                          All due respect” Altadena, CA
                                                  what is best for consumers. Good luck to
a living because of all the large farm
                                                  you. Sincerely, A very smart consumer.”          “I'll tell you what it's about...go get a
corporations that are killing the land and
                                                                                                   “regular” tomato from your local
also we give something back to the                “Do you know what's really dumb? Blindly
                                                                                                   supermarket, then go to Whole Foods or a
environment and to my children.”                  and blithely eating foods laced with
                                                                                                   farmer's market and get another one from a
                                                  carcinogenic pesticides, herbicides, and
“I believe if you make the effort to educate                                                       local farmer. Slice them both and eat them.
                                                  fertilizers, eating meat pumped full of
yourself about it, you will find those of us                                                       Taste the difference? We won't even go into
                                                  hormones and antibiotics, and not
who are willing to pay more for foods                                                              the health benefits of eating organic, or the
                                                  supporting local farmers and business.
grown in a way that respects the health and                                                        economic benefits to your community of
                                                  That's dumb. Would you rather fly on a
safety of the land, the workers in the fields                                                      supporting farmers in your own area, or the
                                                  “cheap” 30 year old Russian plane in
and the consumers at their dinner tables are                                                       environmental benefits of not shipping so
                                                  Nigeria, or a more “expensive” new, fully
no dummies. I am appalled that it is a                                                             much of our food supply over long
                                                  inspected, and safe American made plane.
fellow Democrat in such a responsible                                                              distances (using lots of fossil fuel to do so,
                                                  The true costs of things are not only the
position as yours who made such a foolish                                                          which costs more and more these days),
                                                  immediate price you pay, but the costs you
statement. I hope the voters in your state are                                                     because, based on the quote above, I get the
                                                  end up paying later.”
smart enough not to return to Congress                                                             impression that might be a bit complex for
someone who has so little respect for             “Wow! I can't believe you said that! It          you to grasp at this point. Good luck
them.” Charlottesville, VA                        seems like you'd need to be better educated      bringing yourself into the twenty first
                                                  or at least open to learning new things to get   century though...” Lafayette, CA
“You're the chairman of the House of
                                                  the position which you hold. What a shame
Representatives agriculture committee and                                                          "I was very dismayed at your comment that
                                                  that your mind is closed and your mouth is
you don't know why eating local and/or                                                             people are dumb to pay more for organic or
                                                  open. Recommendation: Read Animal,
organic is worth spending a little more!?                                                          local food. Commodity payment supported
                                                  Vegetable, Miracle” by the Kingsolver
You sound like a Republican. Maybe you                                                             grain production supported by commodity
                                                  family. It will explain some important
                                                                                                   payments result in higher land prices and
                                                  information you should know.”
more land concentration resulting in less         children and grandchildren enough to feed        and catch up with folks who understand
access to younger farmers. In comparison,         them the type of food that will keep them        why organic is better and why you might
organic/local foods have lower production         healthy rather than sick -- as you seem to       not want to eat meat full of antibiotics and
costs, higher returns, and a greater              think that the rest of the country should just   food full of nonfood ingredients. Anyway
multiplier effect for local communities. You      eat the crap that your committee merrily         you won a prize-congrats.” Seattle, WA
would be well served to learn more about          subsidizes. I hope you love your own kids
                                                                                                   “Dear Chairman Petersen, The only dumb
the vibrant and growing local foods               more than that.” Elon, NC
                                                                                                   one is you and your lack of knowledge of
movement in Minnesota. I'm sure there are
                                                  “I don't want to pay 2 to 3 times more for       how policies in Washington are having
many in your district who would be willing
                                                  my family's food, but is it DUMB for me to       horrendous negative impact on the health
to enlighten you so you wouldn't make such
                                                  want to feed them healthy, hormone free          and well being of all Americans. Instead of
ignorant comments.” Grand Forks, ND
                                                  meat? Milk from healthy, hormone free            encouraging subsidies for death and
“Really, congressman, do you think it is          cows? Meat that doesn't come from animals        destruction, you should be fighting for
dumber to eat pesticides and chemical             that have eaten their own, possibly              healthier food and environmentally
fertilizers in your food or to pay a little       diseased, brothers and sisters? Is it DUMB       sustainable farming practices.”
more for pesticide-free, chemical-free, more      for me to want to feed my kids fruit and
                                                                                                   “Dear Collin, Way to go Numbskull! You
nutritious food? Most thinking people             vegetables without poison on them? And
                                                                                                   stepped up to show what true ignorance is
would opt to spend a little more to ensure        why is it DUMB to keep my money in my
                                                                                                   all about. After seeing through your
good nutrition and less toxic food for their      own community, my own state. Isn't that
                                                                                                   stupidity, I'm sure more people will be
families; that is, if they can afford it. After   what local economies are all about? I don't
                                                                                                   buying organic, which will eventually drive
all, if we can't use our money to improve         want to spend more, but what choice do I
                                                                                                   prices down. You see, that is how free trade
our lives, of what use is it? And, if congress    have right now?” Kirkland, WA
                                                                                                   works; more demand usually equals falling
is spending our money to subsidize the
                                                  “Dear Representative Collin Peterson,            prices. Your comment is so far off base to
toxic practices of agribusiness, it's no
                                                  Please take the time to be informed about        even recognize that. Do us all a favor,
wonder we have to pay more for organically
                                                  the reasons people are willing to pay more       please. Quit ravishing on meat and eat more
grown food, and no wonder that some of us
                                                  for clean, chemical free food. It is better to   organic produce. You will be able to think
can't afford to.” Ocean Pines, MD
                                                  avoid food that has been contaminated by         better and those brain-fart comments will
“Dear Sir, I willingly spend more money on        pesticides and herbicides than to pay the        no longer leak out.”
organic and local produce because I respect       money to the doctors to try to alleviate the
                                                                                                   “your a dumbass” New York City, NY
myself and prefer to be healthy. This is why      pain and suffering resulting from foods
it is of paramount importance that you do         contaminated with poisons. I implore you to      “With all due respect, your comments
everything in your power to ensure the label      educate yourself and support the farmers         regarding organic and locally-grown food
“organic” means what it says and do not           and producers of truly organic food for the      are ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE. I
dilute it under pressure of large agribusiness    health of our nation.” Mount Vernon, WA          am embarrassed for you. Your remarks
which has no interest in the health and                                                            show either an incredible amount of
                                                  “Mr. Peterson - As an organic farmer,
vitality of the American public. It is a pity                                                      ignorance or sub-optimally-performing
                                                  consumer, mother of two, and trained
you are so under informed.” Nashville, TN                                                          white matter. Please do your best to rectify
                                                  physician, I am shocked by your statement
                                                                                                   this embarrassing situation.”
“Mr. Peterson, Apparently you have no clue        that organic consumers are “dumb” for
of what the natural, local and organic farms      being willing to pay a premium price for         “Dear Chairman Peterson: Congratulations
are doing in their use of natural methods.        quality food. As has been said many times        on getting the Organic Consumers
Not only are they helping the earth, causing      before, “you get what you pay for.” Please       Association award for the “Dumbest quote
less pollution and pesticides (which cause a      take the time to educate yourself on these       of the week.” The statement you made,
number of health problems) they are also          matters so as not to embarrass yourself or       truly shows your ignorance. It truly amazes
providing people with better food that is         your constituents again. Every American          me that the chairman of the House of
fresher and better for the body. Supporting       citizen deserves better.”                        Representatives agricultural committee
locally grown food even supports the                                                               would say such a stupid thing. Do you not
                                                  “So we're DUMB to support local farmers,
economy, instead of outsourcing! As                                                                know anything about “food” and the
                                                  fresh food, sustainable practices, regionally
someone in your position you would think                                                           importance of clean, chemical free, no
                                                  manufactured jobs and products and a
you would have researched and understood                                                           additives, healthy for you products? The
                                                  decent living?? What was your vote on
the benefits of local and organic farming.”                                                        knowledge of what our government is
                                                  CAFTA, NAFTA, and every other
                                                                                                   allowing big business to put in our food,
“Dear sir, Congratulations on this very           corporate welfare giveaway???? And you
                                                                                                   and to then pass it off as healthy and safe to
important award. I hope you will frame it         think WE are dumb?” Lawrence, KS
                                                                                                   consume, is spreading fast. We want and
and display it with the same pride with
                                                  “Do you really have this job? Wow, I hope        expect healthy food, and are willing to
which you made the statement that earned
                                                  they find someone more educated for the          sacrifice to get it. If you don't
you the award. What is dumb, is a
                                                  position soon. Or perhaps they just don't        “UNDERSTAND” what that is about, then
government willing to pay billions of
                                                  want to pay for an educated person because       it is time for you to do some research and
dollars to subsidize unsustainable,
                                                  it is cheaper to have you. People who            find out. What are you feeding your family?
dangerous, and destructive agricultural
                                                  consume processed food and genetically           If you are feeding them food that comes off
practices. The kind of practices that result
                                                  modified food products seem to suffer from       the shelf in your grocery store, then you are
in the type of abuse that you apparently
                                                  mental challenges as well as health issues.      putting their health at risk. If you don't
support... I sure hope you love your
                                                  There is perhaps hope for you yet if you try     understand that, then you might need to step
down from your position, and let someone          allow in our foods. I think you are ignorant.    (silly company that it is) has shown that
who does understand take over the job.”           Happy hormone filled milk to you--and if         people are dying to let food makers know
                                                  you allow your daughters to drink it you are     they are unhappy with modern un-healthy,
“Dear Mr. Peterson, Don't you realize that
                                                  both cruel and ignorant.” Belfast, ME            immoral, un-sustainable farming practices.
the reason we have to pay so much for
                                                                                                   Even if there isn't always a logical reason to
organic and local food is because we don't        “Dear Collin Peterson, What is “dumb”
                                                                                                   buy “organic” it shows that Americans are
get help from the government? If we               about paying a little bit more for healthy
                                                                                                   unsatisfied with American food.” Seattle,
receive a little help and support from our        food with no insecticides, fungicides or
government like every other country does,         herbicides added? Buying local supports my
we could produce our crops more                   neighbors and keeps my money in the local        “I am paying more for local organic
effectively and demand would be greater.          economy. Of course, I can't always afford it     products and I don't think this is “dumb”
Then the prices would be less expensive           and I would be happier paying less.              (which by the way actually means unable to
and even cheap people like you might buy          However, calling buying healthy food dumb        talk). This means that I and my family
them. By your comments it sounds to me            is, well, dumb.”                                 enjoy fresh nutritious food without
like you could use a little more nutrition                                                         worrying about pesticides, and have a
                                                  "Mr. Peterson, Thank you for your calling
and less chemicals in your food. Maybe you                                                         trusting relationship with the people who
                                                  educated, conscious, aware people “dumb” .
would start thinking a little clearer.”                                                            produce much of our food. You should
                                                  Keep eating your genetically engineered
                                                                                                   worry a bit more about where your food is
“Dear Collin, obviously you are completely        corn and veggies with fish cells, and see if I
                                                                                                   coming from. As an example, farmed
oblivious to the benefits of eating organic,      care!” Eugene, OR
                                                                                                   salmon, which is all salmon in the US that
sustainable, locally grown food. Maybe if
                                                  “Dear Sir, Apparently you have never             is not marked “wild caught” , is nearly
you took the time to educate yourself on the
                                                  studied the agriculture industry and the         without the omega 3's that people want in
matter a little you would understand the
                                                  harmful effects of chemicals in our food.”       their salmon. It is also much higher in
situation a little better. Anyhow,
                                                                                                   pesticides and poisons as it must be “fed”
congratulations on getting the Organic            “Mr. Peterson, In regard to your position on
                                                                                                   and often the food of choice is dog food.
Consumers Association award for the               organic produce: You have absolutely no
                                                                                                   Remember all those pets that died from
dumbest quote of the week.” Berkeley, CA          business being anywhere near a government
                                                                                                   eating Chinese imported things in dog
                                                  held position or office. You have absolutely
“Dear Representative Peterson, I am proud                                                          food? Maybe you should think this over
                                                  no conception of what is going on, let alone     again. Aloha”
to have been born in Minnesota, so I was
                                                  what concerns the majority of intelligent
very sad this week to learn that you said I
                                                  and informed citizenry. Retire now, resign,      “Hi, Please represent us by being educated
am “dumb enough to pay” extra for organic
                                                  do whatever it is you do, but get out of         on the nutritional content differences in
food. I was exposed to pesticides sprayed
                                                  being any kind of representative or of           foods produced in current commercial
outside my home while I was inside
                                                  holding any government position - I for          farms and organically grown produce. Do
recovering from mononucleosis, and I have
                                                  one, and millions of others - don't want you     you think there are coincidences between
had many health problems ever since. I
                                                  representing us or making any decisions for      the “unexplained” rise in health problems
have many chemical sensitivities including
                                                  us whatsoever. You have the most                 and the changes in soil and food produced?
food that has been sprayed with herbicides.
                                                  uninformed position of any politician that I     There is. Please educate yourself so that
For me, it is important for my health to pay
                                                  have ever heard of. Samuel Shultz”               you can serve our county to your highest
more for organic food. I think time will tell
                                                  Thousand Oaks, CA                                capacity. Thanks”
that there are many more people like me in
our country. The government needs to help         “Congratulations, you won the dumbest            “Rep. Peterson: Congratulations on winning
all farmers to learn to grown organic food.       quote award from Organic Consumers               the dumbest quote of the week from OCA. I
All of our health will benefit. It's not dumb,    Association. Maybe you should try                find it hard to believe that you're really a
it makes good sense. Wyndmoor,                    educating yourself on why organics are so        Democrat after a comment like that.”
Pennsylvania”                                     popular and certainly isn't because of
                                                                                                   “With more and more food from the huge
                                                  government support. Corporate America
“Localized organic agriculture is a huge                                                           agribusinesses are found to be tainted--this
                                                  must not think it is so dumb since they are
opportunity for agriculture at all levels. It                                                      week it's frozen pizza--buying local and
                                                  jumping on the organic band wagon. thanks
can address so many of the long-term                                                               organic food makes more sense every day.
                                                  for laugh.”
conflicts which we're in with farming, esp.                                                        Your statement that organic consumers are
for the small and mid-size producers that         “Those who prefer to ingest known toxins         dumb is an insult. If you want to see dumb,
this country is supposed to be a lot more         are most likely “dumber” than those willing      look in the lines of fast food restaurants!”
about than it is. The transition to a             to fork over a few extra dollars.”               Hattiesburg, MS
sustainable society will be a win-win. Think
                                                  “Congratulations for showing true form and       "This has to qualify as the most blatantly
we can't do it? We did WWII in less time
                                                  being given the “dumbest quote of the            absurd statement made by a government
than the Iraq War. Thank you for using your
                                                  week” award- I'm sure it could not happen        official, which is quite a feat.”
head a little better on these issues next time.
                                                  to a more deserving intellect. You really
Sincerely,” Berkeley, CA                                                                           “So we're dumb for liking food that tastes
                                                  need to check your facts and get your head
                                                                                                   better? Dumb for eating food that has more
“Obviously you don't have a clue why              out of sand. People ARE paying attention.”
                                                                                                   minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, less
people in the U.S. are getting cancer in          Winfield, IL
                                                                                                   pesticides/herbicides? You sir, must be
enormous numbers, or why are children are
                                                  “In America people make their opinions           senile or a smoker who has lost his sense of
suddenly allergy prone and one in 600 are
                                                  known with their money. Whole Foods              taste. Time and again, I have done taste
autistic. Think it might be the poisons we
comparisons between organic and                    committee.....and a Democrat at that. Please    respond negatively to a poor diet, lose our
“conventional” foods. The organic ones             take the time to educate yourself for your      normal vitality and are likely to become ill
taste better. Not to mention that university       own benefit and that of your family as well     if we cannot find healthy foods. That is why
studies bear out the fact of more nutrients        as for the health and wellbeing of the          we take our organic whole grains, dried
on the organic side of the aisle. You can          people of this country.”                        fruits, and nuts with us when we travel to
take your “roundup ready” foodstuffs, your                                                         offset the less nutritious foods available.
                                                   “I am a “dumb” person who doesn't like
RBGH milk and shove it. Poway,                                                                     We are both in our late seventies, have
                                                   chemicals in my food. Maybe those
California”                                                                                        pursued this type of diet for over forty years
                                                   chemicals have gotten to your brain!”
                                                                                                   resulting in our being able to do volunteer
“I consider it ignorance, if you do not care       Scottsdale, AZ
                                                                                                   professional work twenty or more hours a
what you eat.” Wausau, WI
                                                   “To even think that individuals like yourself   week, physical work (wood cutting and
“A little web searching goes a long                are in positions of power makes me sick.        produce garden, small bakery business) and
way....five minutes is all it takes to talk in a   People who believe in themselves, the well      outdoor hiking and snow sports plus travel
well-informed and hopefully, polite way.”          being of our planet and others, and who         and we do this seven days a week without
                                                   have hope for the future purchase better        pause and in good health. We hope you will
“Dear Mr. Peterson, I'm TOTALLY                                                                    reevaluate your remarks and seek out
                                                   goods. They spend money to keep the
AMAZED that anyone with your limited                                                               people who grow and consume natural,
                                                   government from putting shit into their
understanding of foods, (see your quoted
                                                   bodies. Enjoy your pesticide enhanced           organic foods and hear their views without
remarks) is actually on the Agriculture
                                                   lunch with a side of high fructose corn         prejudice and see what conclusions you
Committee, much less the Chair of that
                                                   syrup.” Waterbury Center, VT                    might reach. We wish you the best of health
                                                                                                   and clear thinking. Sincerely, We live in
THOSE FARMERS WHO GROW 100%                        “Dear Mr. Peterson, I've grown up on            Hayfork (rural community in the mountains
ORGANIC PRODUCE AND BEEF - OR,                     organic food and know the benefits of           of Trinity County, CA)”
ANYTHING ELSE. Another example, I                  organics they are much higher in nutrients,
guess, of the DUMB way government                  minerals the soil they are grown in has not     “ Mr. Collin Peterson, I think that you
works.                                             been deplete due to chemical fertilizes the     should read more about organic agriculture
                                                   deplete rather then enrich and nourish the      to help better all your constituency, and I
i.e. the least qualified is elected to                                                             hope you are not drinking milk with rBGH
                                                   soil as do the organic methods. The
lead.......... I'd be happy to send you several                                                    hormone.” Redwood city, CA
                                                   spraying of chemical pesticides on the
learning sites that you could peruse, in
                                                   plants does seep into the end product the
order to allow you to learn about foods. I'm                                                       “I can not believe you are the chairman of
                                                   fruit. Same as putting lotion that has
sure you've been eating all the 'wonderful'                                                        the agriculture committee. You are totally
                                                   chemicals in it on the skin it seeps in and
GM foods that Monsanto has a hand in -                                                             clueless of the cost involved local organic
                                                   goes into the body all these things lead to
or... did you even know about them? Too                                                            production. You should apologize publicly
                                                   poor health. Give me organic is a pet slogan
bad that the FDA was paid off/bribed by                                                            for your lack of knowledge.” Fairfield, IA
                                                   of mine. Sounds like someone needs to
them so that they wouldn't even have to
                                                   study up on the benefits of organics instead    “Dear Mr. Peterson, As a resident of the
label it as genetically engineered.
                                                   of labeling it dumb.”                           Badger state, I have generally found people
HOPEFULLY, you know how they are
                                                                                                   from Minnesota to be kind and intelligent
made and that the trials on mice, etc.             “The People that are “having” to pay for
                                                                                                   people. Unfortunately, you're ruining that
showed that they got skinny and died while         organic foods, are definitely not dumb. Do
                                                                                                   impression. By insulting everyone who
fed GM food. It is NOT the Miracle that            you realize why people purchase organic?
                                                                                                   buys organic food, you have made your
will help 'feed' the population of this            O.K. I will help you out. It's because, they
                                                                                                   state look bad -- and made Jesse Ventura
planet!!! It will KILL them though!!!              don't want to eat chemicals and all the other
                                                                                                   look good, in comparison! In a land where
Maybe you'd better read up on this, as you         junk that is in our food. This is why our
                                                                                                   all the women are strong, the men are good-
don't seem to know about 100% ORGANIC              culture is getting so many diseases. Hello
                                                                                                   looking, and the children are above average,
VALUES and the HEALTHY PRODUCTS                    ..... Oh, and by the way, Congrats on getting
                                                                                                   you are obviously none of those things!
they are. BTW, THEY SUPPORT HUMAN                  the award for dumbest quote of the week !!!
                                                                                                   Shame on you! I'd recommend that you get
HEALTH not kill humans as Monsanto‟s               :)” Skamokawa, WA
                                                                                                   yourself to Our Lady of Perpetual
products will. Monsanto hasn't even been
                                                   “Dear Representative Peterson, I believe        Responsibility parish and have Fr. Emil
required to prove that GM foods/seeds ARE
                                                   you are unaware of the value of organic         hear your confession right away. If you are
safe for humans!
                                                   foods to the health of people who consume       of the Lutheran persuasion, I'm sure that
“The foods your parents, grandparents, and         them or work in the fields and factories to     Pastor Inquivist would ask you, What
great-grandparents consumed were                   produce them. Certified Organic foods are       Would Jesus Do? I don't think Jesus would
predominantly considered what we'd now             labeled and are free of artificial additives,   be out there calling his constituents dumb
call “organic” .Thanks for issuing the your        poisonous fertilizers and other chemicals       and hurting their feelings. On the other
incredibly stupid comment that people              that may be injurious to one's health,          hand, if you are an atheist, I'd just
willing to pay for healthy food items are          especially the most vulnerable (infants,        encourage you to stay the course -- you're
dumb. Good job.” Woodland Hills, CA                small and developing children, the sick and     doing good work. P.S. I do have to thank
                                                   the elderly). The people that I know that       you in advance for what I'm sure will be
“Dear Representative Peterson, You
                                                   stick to a organic, natural diet (not           some good laughs when Garrison Keillor,
obviously have no idea what you are talking
                                                   processed foods) are healthier and more         Jim Hightower, and Stephen Colbert get
about and that is unbelievable as you are the
                                                   energetic than those who do not choose          wind of those quotes, however!”
chairman of the agricultural
                                                   these foods. We personally find our body's
“Congratulations for getting the Organic          know will not give us cancer and also           actually have a conscience about their
Consumers Association award for the               support the farmers that grow food close to     methods of food production, by paying a
dumbest quote of the week. If you can't           our homes and will actually help maintain a     few extra dollars, therefore discouraging the
understand the need for organic and non-          healthy local economy “dumb” ? I would          highly toxic and careless big-agribusiness?
local food over non-organic and non-local         really appreciate an explanation of your        Congratulations on winning the award for
food, you either aren't doing, or aren't          stand on this. Why does cheap mean              “dumbest quote of the week” from the
qualified for, your job. Move on.” Marion,        “smart” ? LaPointe, WI”                         Organic Consumers Association. YOU are
IA                                                                                                the dumb one. Go ahead and get cancer
                                                  “you're stupid for not knowing why people
                                                                                                  from all of the big-agro food you're eating,
“It's hard to believe that you could be so        pay 3 times more money for organic food.”
                                                                                                  since you're too dumb to know the
stupid and ignorant to make such a
                                                  Your quote about people paying more for         difference. “Hallelujah” to the potential loss
comment. Please educate yourself about the
                                                  organic food being dumb was actually a          of another ignorant puppet of big agro.”
need for pesticide free, antibiotic free, and
                                                  profoundly dumb comment. Milton, MA
locally grown agriculture...OR, better yet,                                                       “Congratulations for receiving the Organic
get off the committee. You sound like a           “As a voter, the very least I expect of my      Consumers Assn. award for the “Stupidest
(gasp!) REPUBLICAN.” Stowe, VT                    government representatives is that they         Quote of the Week” ! Are you that
                                                  make the effort to inform themselves on this    unaware/uninformed about the difference
“I went to college on full scholarship, I
                                                  issues about which they speak. There is         between organic & conventional food and
have two Master's degrees, and I have made
                                                  significant evidence available that says that   the negative impacts of conventional
it my business to know about healthy food
                                                  organically produced food (both produce         agriculture upon our bodies and the
and sustainable farming. I resent being
                                                  and meat animals) is superior nutritionally     environment?”
called dumb because I will pay a higher
                                                  to monoculture crops grown in depleted or
price for quality food!!!! I will debate you                                                      “Dear Congressman Peterson: It is truly
                                                  artificially enhanced soils and meat from
any day of the week on food and nutrition-                                                        frightening to see that someone such as
                                                  factory-farm animals. We are willing to pay
then we'll see who is dumb.”                                                                      yourself who clearly has NO understanding
                                                  more for organic and locally grown food
                                                                                                  of the issues related to sustainable and
“Mr. Peterson: I'm surprised at your candid       because we believe that farmers, not
                                                                                                  health promoting agriculture , food and a
insult to American consumers who are              corporations, should be paid for their work,
                                                                                                  healthy farming life style would be in the
trying to avoid GMO's in their food; with         and their efforts should be a part of the
                                                                                                  important position you are in on the
all due respect, you speak as if you are a        economic health of a local community.
                                                                                                  agriculture committee. Perhaps you should
paid shill for the Food Conglomerates. If         Please save your self further embarrassment
                                                                                                  resign this position until you are better
you don't know about GMO's or rBGH in             by reading about these issues before you
                                                                                                  informed on the earth-threatening issues
our milk (and I'm sure you do, being in your      make any more idiotic statements in
                                                                                                  which are involved in conventional
position) you should look into why we are         public.”
                                                                                                  American farming practices. The Earth and
trying to avoid such additives like the
                                                  “Dear Representative Collin Peterson:           all of us are threatened. Please wake up and
plague. You should support the wishes of
                                                  Organic does not cost 2-3 times more!!! In      help! Thank you“ Millerton, NY
the majority of Americans who want their
                                                  fact, when you eat organic and get more
food stuffs labeled. Despite what you say                                                         “Mr. Peterson, After reading your asinine
                                                  minerals, you are full faster and eat less.
and do, I daresay you probably avoid such                                                         comments denigrating the mentality of
                                                  Ask anyone who does soil analysis and uses
foods yourself. Have you ever wondered                                                            consumers who shop for locally grown and
                                                  compost their garden. Gee, you need to take
why many countries ban imports of our                                                             organic foods, one just has to wonder how
                                                  a course in traditional farming methods.
poultry, dairy and crops? More to the point:                                                      you could have risen to such heights of
                                                  Yes, factory farms grow a lot out of just 3
Have you heard cancer rates have                                                                  power in the agriculture department. No
                                                  nutrients, and the produce photographs
quadrupled since this technology was                                                              wonder our country is in such trouble, with
                                                  well. However, organic has been proven to
introduced in our food supply? (Center for                                                        mental midgets like yourself making
                                                  have more antioxidants, lower pesticides
Disease Control, Atlanta, GA) The fact that                                                       important policy decisions. Perhaps you
                                                  and more minerals. Did you watch the 60
the AMA, the American Cancer Society,                                                             should do the world a favor, and go make
                                                  Minutes expose a few years ago about
the Surgeon General and the FDA have                                                              agriculture decisions for Iraq. At least there
                                                  applies, berries, grapes and other crops that
nothing to say about it is very, very telling.”                                                   you couldn't screw too much up.” Boise, ID
                                                  are heavily sprayed? The parents were in
“Obviously, Mr. Peterson, you don't read          shock since the thought they were feeding       I thought only Republicans were as stupid
the science behind organic farming and you        their kids .” East Olympia, WA                  as your statement indicates you are. You
don't care what kind of chemicals you                                                             like Bush saying that listening to the people
                                                  “How is it that someone who is so
ingest. Good for you. You're a much more                                                          is a waste of time. Your statement means
                                                  completely ignorant about agriculture can
brave and trusting person than I!”                                                                that you are a waste of democracy, a brain
                                                  serve as “chairman of the agricultural
                                                                                                  and a body. It shows that you have no
“Hello, Your comment about people being           committee” ? You don't know what “local”
                                                                                                  knowledge of the proven benefits of organic
dumb enough to spend more for organic or          and “organic” are “all about” ? How can
                                                                                                  foods. It shows that you are closed to
local foods just shows how ignorant you           you serve on that committee, and be so
                                                                                                  finding out. It shows that you are not
are. So sorry that you are in charge of           oblivious, and stupid? You call consumers
                                                                                                  representing the people, which means that
anything. You are doing your constituents a       “dumb” because we don't want to consume
                                                                                                  you are representing big business, and the
disservice.”                                      or encourage the use of pesticides and other
                                                                                                  lies they and the Repugnant republicans tell.
                                                  deadly chemicals? You say that we are
“Dear Mr. Peterson, How can you say that                                                          Do the people that elected you a favor and
                                                  “dumb” because we are willing to support
those of us who choose to eat food that we                                                        resign. Idiots like you should never
                                                  the income of family-run farms, who
represent anyone except yourself. Make            “Wow. I didn't know it was dumb of me to        We have no indication of the long term
sure you pay your health insurance. Oh,           buy organic and local foods for the better      effects of these ingredients on human health
wait a minute, the government makes that          nutritional content.. and to support            nor their environmental impact. A further
easy for you, doesn't it. Another example of      agriculture that does not poison me with        reason for the support of organic local
a Republican state of mind, what there is of      pesticides. Much smarter to spend the           markets is the reduction in food travel time
it anyway. Seems like politics is not really      money on pharmaceuticals, I suppose. I get      which directly related to decreased fuel
about representing the public for their good      ill from pesticide exposures and find that      consumption and environmental pollution.
and the best good is their health. Disease is     eating good organic and local food provides     It is good to know that you find the
man-made and there is lots of research that       me with nutrients I need to have a life. I      American public “dumb” when it is in fact
has proven that it's the pesticides and           think you've been listening to the wrong        you who are expressing close minded
fertilizers and GMO stuff that has done           lobbyists.”                                     ignorance in the matter. The only reason it
great harm. Are you planning on getting a                                                         may be dumb for the American public to
                                                  “Congratulations for getting the Organic
pat on the back from your Republicans                                                             trust organic and local labeling of foods is
                                                  Consumers Association award for the
friends or are you really that stupid and                                                         that this also implied trust in the USDA and
                                                  dumbest quote of the week.”
heartless and ignorant and arrogant. Maybe                                                        governmental agricultural agencies like
you'd just like to keep disease around so         “Congratulations for getting the Organic        yours that fail to properly regulate these
you have something to argue about...”             Consumers Association award for the             labels, repeatedly making concessions to
Fairfield, IA                                     dumbest quote of the week. If you want to       large agribusinesses that co-opt the
                                                  eat pesticides and hormones and puss and        “organic” movement for profit and greed
“The payoff is great in health, economy,
                                                  pay the gasoline for trucks to haul your        while making no more than token attempts
environment. In fact it costs less.”
                                                  waxy food across the country, then good -       to operate in an environmentally friendly
“Congratulations for getting the Organic          I'll outlive you, ya' bastard.”                 and sustainable manner. Again sir I must
Consumers Association award for the                                                               thank you. You have provided further
                                                  "Rep. Peterson, Remember in science class
dumbest quote of the week: “the farm sector                                                       clarification of just how necessary
                                                  when we did “experiments” ? This is what
that raises organic produce and grass-fed                                                         education is for this issue and how sorely
                                                  folks do when they test the outer cells of
beef for local consumers needs little federal                                                     our government is lacking it. You may wish
                                                  fruits and vegetables for residual poisons.     to question those who provide your
help. It is growing, and it has nothing to do
                                                  Yes, these chemicals kill bugs, molds,
with the government, and that is good,” he                                                        information. They are definitely leading
                                                  bacteria. Over time, these ingested
told the FT. “For whatever reason, people                                                         down a road that the “dumb” public is not
                                                  chemicals injure OUR biology.” Vashon,
are willing to pay two or three times as                                                          traveling. Unfortunately those “dumb”
much for something that says 'organic' or                                                         individuals are also voters.” Madison, WI
'local'. Far be it from me to understand what     "Dear Mr. Peterson, Really, the fact that
                                                                                                  “Dear Chairman Peterson: The medical
that's about, but that's reality. And if people   people have to spend 2-3 times as much          community is already acknowledging that
are dumb enough to pay that much then             money to obtain farm products not               up to 80% of our health is directly
hallelujah.” We want healthy food grown in        contaminated with harmful chemicals has
                                                                                                  attributable to environmental factors,
a nonpolluting chemical-free sustainable          nothing to do with the government? It has
                                                                                                  primary among those being what we ingest
manner - if it costs more, not everyone can       everything to do with the fact that you
                                                                                                  through food and water. It's a pay me now
afford it. I'd much rather see government         continue to subsidize factory farms,
                                                                                                  (for better, non-toxic, cleaner, more
subsidies go to these farmers than the huge       gasoline, the chemical industry, and finally    nutritionally sound food and water as found
corporate polluting ones.”                        the health care industry that gets to fix the   from organic and local and sustainable
                                                  problems created by those subsidies. Please
“With oversight of agriculture in the hands                                                       sources) or pay me later (for cancer, for
                                                  don't call us names if in fact your policies
of people with attitudes like yours is it any                                                     degenerative diseases induced by lifetime
                                                  deserve those names. Sincerely,” Poway,
wonder that people in this country have to                                                        exposures to toxins, for immune
                                                  CA                                              compromised bodies that destroy the quality
protect themselves in any and all ways
possible? What is dumb is to allow poisons        “Mr. Peterson, First of all let me thank you    of life). My father died of liver cancer at 63,
into one's body so that the people who use        for exposing the sheer ignorance of so many     my mother suffers from diseases caused
those poisons can make greater profits.           in this area. One would have thought that       severe immune system compromise. I
When you start to legislate in a way that         the chair of the agricultural committee         appreciate that you don't mind that you and
protects people perhaps the price of              would be aware of the benefits of organic       your family and friends are human guinea
organics will go down.” Tucson, AZ                food for the human body/health, the local       pigs, living scientific petri dishes for
                                                  economy, and the environment. Apparently        whatever “miracle” pesticide or additive or
“Everyone should be able to purchase food
                                                  politicians do not need to be aware of the      genetically altered product will boost the
that is not full of dangerous chemicals,
                                                  issues in those areas where they are actively   profits of people who have no vested
hormones, GMO's and pesticides. It is the
                                                  involved in decision making. People are         interest in the quality of your future life.
“dumb” and the poor that are forced to eat
                                                  willing to pay more for organic and local       But please reconsider how “dumb” it is to
frankenfoods and thereby endanger their                                                           desire to spare our families the pain and
                                                  foods specifically because they are
health!”                                                                                          suffering that comes from experiments gone
                                                  beneficial. Consuming organic foods limits
“Mr. Peterson, you display your ignorance         the amounts of untested genetically             wrong.”
with a statement that indicates people are        modified and chemically created food
                                                                                                  “Mr. Peterson: God forbid that it ever
dumb to pay more for organic or local             additives taken into the body, for which
                                                                                                  happen, but should you or any of your loved
products.”                                        most have little or no scientific research to
                                                                                                  ones get cancer, I hope that you have the
                                                  show they are safe for human consumption.
intelligence and integrity to look beyond the    do not coincide with my interests; the           but by an accomplished journalist who does
influence of pac money that you accept, and      agents outside of myself (including the          a good job of showing where our food
discern that it was processed food, non-         government) do not provide sufficient            comes from and the ramifications thereof.
organic produce, and factory farmed meat         protection against errors or malice; it is       Then you would not have to ignorantly say
products that you have been consuming            extremely difficult to demonstrate               it was beyond you why educated consumers
which caused the disease. But I must thank       comprehensive and long-term food safety;         choose organic and local foods for
you for a personally beneficial result of        and specific dangers of modern foods have        themselves and their families.” McAllen,
your remarks, which is that by discouraging      been substantiated, such as the use of           TX
people from eating healthy, you might have       partially-hydrogenated oils. These
                                                                                                  “Dear Rep. Peterson, I think it would
slightly slowed the demand for the kind of       observations yield insufficient confidence
                                                                                                  behoove a chair of the Agriculture
food I eat, therefore keeping the price          of the safety of inorganic or processed
                                                                                                  committee to research organic agriculture
slightly lower as well. Berkeley, CA             foods to outweigh their benefits, in
                                                                                                  before denigrating a movement which is
                                                 accordance with my preferences. For me,
“Representative Peterson, your statement                                                          much more healthy and has so many more
                                                 the value of convenience or novel taste
certainly deserves the Organic Consumers                                                          vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and so
                                                 pales in comparison to that of my good
Association award for the dumbest quote of                                                        forth than the factory farming which the
                                                 health, and not only have organic and
the week. A man in your position should                                                           farm bill is willing to spend so much money
                                                 unprocessed foods been time-tested on a
know enough about the current practices in                                                        on but gives the consumer basically little
                                                 geologic scale, we have evolved to suit
agriculture to understand why people                                                              comparatively! PS: Congratulations for
                                                 them (in extent) while human effort has not
choose organic produce. You should be                                                             winning the organic consumers association
                                                 yet approached such a standard of safety. I
promoting the safe practices which                                                                dumb quote of the month!” Robbinsdale,
                                                 also choose local and organic foods for
constitute organic standards: no pesticides,                                                      MN
                                                 ethics sake. Our environment, and, in
no Genetic Engineering and no antibiotics.”
                                                 consequence, our health, is under a terrific     “I would think someone in your position
Kenmore, NY
                                                 and growing burden. Our modern food              would appreciate the practices of organic or
“Mr. Peterson, As a graduate of Minnesota's      production systems and methods pose a            biodynamic farming. Appreciate the
own Carleton College, my analytical skills       major portion of this burden. To support         benefits to the health of our environment
are sufficiently strong to detect your           these systems and methods is to contribute       and to the sustainability of our planet, not to
apparent acceptance, hook, line & sinker, of     to the harm others (does the significance of     mention to human life. How short sighted to
the post-WWII “Chemicals for Better              harm vary with time or space?). I wish to        call organic dumb. The cost to tax payers'
Living” mentality. Your attempt to insult        minimize my harmful impacts so that I may        health (toxins are now a known cause of
and/or disparage Americans who are               gain consistency and virtue. I, therefore,       cancer and other diseases) & the health of
substantially more sensible than you reveal      will not support these systems and methods,      the environment (please factor in the clean
yourself to be is both sad and tragi-comical.    including using their products. Given this,      up of toxic waste, the pollution of our water
Fortunately, most organic consumers are          is my decision ?dumb?? Is it not sensible?       from factory farms, most fish are too toxic
actually too intelligent to see this as          Grass Valley, CA                                 to eat!!). Who's dumb? It's pretty disturbing
anything other than evidence of your own                                                          to me that you obviously can't see the forest
                                                 “Research is supporting the move to local
gullibility, which could in fact be described                                                     for the trees, and who's payroll are you
                                                 and organic. Sustainability is important.
as a form of dumbness. Best wishes,”                                                              on???”
                                                 With all of the focus on tainted products in
Oracle, AZ
                                                 our food chain, knowing where our food           “Ha ha ha ha ha. I don't know if you're a
“Sir, I am a United States Air Force             comes from is so important. Your statement       pointy headed moron or a dinosaur. I don't
Academy graduate and 13-year Air Force           showed a level of ignorance and dismissal        care. Organic is as much a political
veteran, and I strive to consume only local      that is intolerable from a person in your        movement as a cuisine choice, a way of
and organic foods. This choice is not            position.”                                       showing solidarity with farm workers and
foolish; it is sensible given my values and                                                       with farmers, a way of cutting down the
                                                 “Consider the possibility that your
preferences. I am not dumb, as you                                                                toxic chemicals that land in our waters and
                                                 definition of “dumb” is tragically
asserted. My motivation is two-fold: to                                                           our soil, and cutting farmers' and farm
                                                 backwards. Perhaps dumb is being willing
maximize my health and to behave                                                                  families exposure to these chemicals. If you
                                                 to eat meat from animals that live their lives
ethically, both ultimately for the sake of my                                                     don't get it, don't worry. You won't be in
                                                 standing in their own feces and being
happiness. I do not know whether                                                                  office long enough to have to understand
                                                 pumped with hormones and medications.
consuming organic food for the sake of                                                            it.” Saint Paul, MN
                                                 Perhaps “dumb” is a government that
health is worth the additional cost and
                                                 supports agribusinesses that depend on           “Dear Representative Peterson, I am
inconvenience in comparison to inorganic
                                                 petroleum, when our country desperately          amazed that a member of the Democratic
or processed foods. However, my
                                                 needs to rid itself of foreign oil dependence    “Farmer” Labor Party can label sustainable
preference for safety overwhelms other
                                                 for both economic and national security          agricultural practices, such as organic and
concerns and I find sufficient risk in
                                                 reasons (not to mention the environmental        supporting local growers and producers as
consuming inorganic or processed foods to
                                                 motivations that seem lost on you as well).      “dumb” . Aren't these very practices the
justify avoiding them. I perceive this risk in
                                                 As a leader in this nation, please educate       heart of the Farmer Labor movement?
the following observations: I am a
                                                 yourself so that you can more effectively        Organic farming methods not only produce
culmination of an evolution that took place
                                                 due your duty. You can start with reading        healthier products in many crops, ( see
entirely within an environment of natural
                                                 “The Omnivore's Dilemma” -- written not          “Consumer Reports Magazine” , as well as
chemicals and processes; the commercial
                                                 by some “dumb” organic marginal character        “Nutrition Action” , put out by the Center
interests that produce modern foods often
for Science in the Public Interest, and          of eating organically and locally. No one        greenhouse gases. Every little bit we do
myriad other publications maybe less in the      says that you have to eat food grown this        helps. Ridiculing people who are trying to
mainstream), but also protects the workers       way yourself, but small farms and                be responsible citizens of the world does
from pesticide related illnesses. Both           environmentally-sustainable farms DO need        nothing to help the efforts to reverse global
benefits reduce the strain on our health care    and deserve government help.” Douglaston,        warming. Please join the bandwagon and
system. Ground water is also affected by         NY                                               use your role to make a difference! Thank
factory farming of livestock and pesticide                                                        you.” Ithaca, NY
                                                 “I am a Democrat, and you are an
run-off. If agribusiness was made to pay the
                                                 ignoramus. You obviously know nothing            “Dear Mr. Peterson As Chairman of the
actual cost of their production methods in
                                                 about human biochemistry, how it works           House Ag Committee, it's difficult to
health care costs for workers and cleaning
                                                 and what interferes with it. Since you don't,    believe that you're not understanding the
the fouled water supply from run-off of
                                                 please stop making ignorant statements.          need for quality food and the help organic
fertilizer, pesticide, and concentrated
                                                 And in the meantime, enjoy your pesticide-       farmers have to produce non-toxic food for
animal waste at levels that the aquifers can't
                                                 laden food and drink which you stupidly          our nation. Please look into the realities of
cleanse by natural means, the price for the
                                                 believe is just fine and perfectly natural for   our food supply - isn't this part of your
products would be astronomical. The price
                                                 your body.” Los Angeles, CA                      job?” Toledo, OH
for organic would pale by comparison.
Please reconsider your ideas on this issue.      “Mr. Peterson, It seems to me that the only      “It is disturbing that we could pass another
You are in an influential position.              'dumb' people are those who trust corporate      farm bill that supports conventional
Disparaging organic agriculture can hurt it's    agricultural interests to actually CARE what     agriculture and the chemical industry. Not
possibilities for adequate funding in the        they're feeding us. I'll just stick with the     only are the chemicals and methods hurting
pending farm bill. Thank you for your time”      local stuff, thank you. As they say, pay now     our health, but also the environment.”
Imperial Beach, CA                               or pay later. Your local 'dumb' consumer,        Atlanta, GA
                                                 Rutland, VT
“What would be dumb would be allowing                                                             “Congrats on being voted as saying the
the unsafe and short sighted use of genetic      “Heard you think it's “dumb” for consumers       dumbest quote! It isn't stupid to want to
engineering and chemical products banned         to buy organic produce rather than mass-         stop destroying the planet and eat fewer
in the European Union and elsewhere to           produced commodity food. Just wanted to          chemicals!” Tampa, FL
continue to be pushed on us here in the          let you know that there's a global
United States. Fake “organic” standards are                                                       “Mr. Peterson, People in public positions
                                                 phenomenon happening. It's called climate
                                                                                                  should educate themselves on what they
dumb, what we want from our legislative          change. You should look into it. After all,
                                                                                                  publicly speak of, as to not show their
branch is laws protecting our right to know      we're counting on our representatives like
                                                                                                  ignorance in public and unwittingly show
what is in the food we buy, so that we may       you to FIX IT. Or was your plan to let
                                                                                                  how they are not doing their homework for
buy real organic when we choose. Of              Republicans like Newt Gingrich, Sam
greatest concern: laws allowing bio-                                                              the job that they were elected. Your
                                                 Brownback, and Rupert Murdoch steal this
                                                                                                  statement that won you the honor of
engineered products to be sold without           issue from the Democrats too?” Columbus,
                                                                                                  dumbest quote of the week, shows you in
labeling them as such. Most of these are         OH
                                                                                                  the same light as the Reagan Administration
already banned in the EU. It makes us look
                                                 “I have two doctoral degrees in                  concerning AIDS...they hadn't done their
weak not to even require labeling.” San
                                                 biochemistry and medicine. I know the            homework. Ignorance is ugly. Clean
Francisco, CA
                                                 health risks in consuming the antibiotics,       yourself up for the sake of the public and
“Mr. Peterson...what can I say? You are          steroids, hormones, and other toxins in non-     especially your constituents.” Laurel, MD
clueless!”                                       organic foods. I am willing to pay extra for
                                                                                                  “Dear Mr. Peterson, Wow are you
                                                 food that does not contain these toxins.
“Wow, the only statement you're making is                                                         uninformed! Don't you read about
                                                 Much of the rise in the incidence of various
about your own ignorance. Is it dumb to                                                           pesticides! Don't you wonder why everyone
                                                 cancers (including perhaps my own
make purchasing decisions that reduce your                                                        is dying from weird diseases and cancer?
                                                 cancer)is attributable to toxins in our
chances of getting cancer and other diseases                                                      We are being exposed to so many
                                                 environment, and it is worth a little extra on
caused by pesticides and fertilizers used by                                                      contaminants! Why not try to eliminate as
                                                 the food bill to minimize our exposure to
chemical farmers? Or to invest in                                                                 many dangerous chemicals as we can by not
                                                 these risks. Remember that 100 years ago,
preserving our environment? I am truly                                                            eating them. We have no choice about
                                                 all of our food was effectively organic.
amazed that with a comment like that YOU                                                          breathing them but we do have a choice
                                                 Please educate the congressman about these
were deemed intelligent enough to elect in                                                        about what we eat. I can't believe that you
                                                 issues so that he does not continue to make
Minnesota, and I'm extra embarrassed that                                                         don't bother to educate yourself about what
                                                 a fool of himself by making public
this comment comes from a Democrat. I                                                             the FDA is doing to our people by allowing
                                                 comments such as these. Thank you.”
wonder which pesticide company or                                                                 so many chemicals to be applied to our
                                                 Randleman, NC
agribusiness bought and paid for your                                                             food. When you or someone close to you
opinions, votes and ethics. You should be        “The average food product that every             gets cancer or some other awful disease,
ashamed of yourself.”                            American eats has traveled 1500 miles            maybe you won't think we're so dumb.”
                                                 before reaching his plate. Think about the       Orangevale, CA
“You have truly reached the level of
                                                 contribution to greenhouse gases - just to
flatliner! Congratulations on shining your                                                        “Dear Sir, My congratulations to you for
                                                 transport food. If there were more people
congressional stupidity light so brightly!”                                                       being this weeks recipient for the Organic
                                                 willing to spend a little more to support the
                                                                                                  Consumers Association award for the
“Perhaps it would serve you well to look         eating local movement, the effort would
                                                                                                  dumbest quote of the week! Riddle me this!
into the health and environmental benefits       make a huge contribution to lowering
How much would you be paying for your             “Consumers of sustainably produced              food that is pesticided, chemical fertilized
hormone laden antibiotic tainted piece of         agricultural products are far from being        and picked GREEN is also nutrition free.
beef if you had to pay the true cost of the       dumb. In fact, these consumers are              Organic farming is the only way to get back
meat without the subsidies that come out of       educated, enlightened, and committed to         to eating our nutrition that we MUST have
our (the taxpayers) pockets and then who is       changing the face of agriculture. The           for good health. Why do you think we are
the stupid one?” Walden, VT                       willingness to pay a premium price for          all so sick these days. If we ate right, which
                                                  products is based on the value of the           is 90% impossible today, we would build
“Dear Hon. Collin Peterson, After reading
                                                  product, not based on the government            the body structures to stay healthy and not
your comments to the Financial Times on
                                                  subsidized price of poisoned industrial         need to pay billions for Medicare.” Alton,
Oct. 17, I'm in disbelief that people in
                                                  agriculture's products. Think before you        IL
representative positions in government are
                                                  speak in the future, or else you are the one
not aware of the overwhelming effects that                                                        “Dear Mr. Peterson, Knowing where my
                                                  who ends up looking and sounding DUMB.
pesticides, herbicides, and addiction to oil                                                      food comes from is the smartest thing I can
                                                  Get educated or keep your mouth shut.”
(via production of such soil/fertilization                                                        do. The real price of cheap food is the
additives) have on our economy and                “Mr. Peterson, I choose to pay more for         strong possibility that my food is
society. The effects of toxic chemicals in        organic and locally grown goods but I           contaminated by cancer causing chemicals
our food are very well documented, and I          wouldn't consider myself dumb. The money        (pesticides and hormones), contains
hereby challenge your statements. Your            I pay goes towards my local community and       unhealthy levels of antibiotics, and is
constituency elected you, and you must            farms using methods that are kinder on the      contaminated by animal feces that promotes
perform accordingly. We will not be led           environment and their workers and creates a     deadly bacteria. By buying local and
astray. I urge you to become more aware of        healthier more nutritious product. My own       organic, I avoid massive health costs, not to
the voters of Minnesota, and of the people        health and well being are priceless to me - I   mention the physical and emotional
of the USA in voting for USDA Organic             don't bargain shop when it comes to the         suffering caused by disease and
produce and away from factory farms and           quality of living.” Bristol, CT                 malnutrition. You may want to rethink your
petroleum based agriculture. In Respect”                                                          definition of dumb.”
                                                  “It is fortunate and obvious, Mr. Peterson,
“It is rather frightening to think that the       that you do not have food allergies or          “YOU are dumb!”
chair of the House Agriculture Committee          allergic reactions to pesticides because
                                                                                                  “Mr. Peterson, I can't believe how
knows so little about the differences             “conventional” produce and some stable
                                                                                                  unbelievably uninformed you are on the
between farming methods that he'd                 foods make millions of Americans, myself
                                                                                                  issue of organic and local agriculture. I
denigrate consumers who work hard to              included, very sick. However ignorant the
                                                                                                  won't use the derogatory term “dumb” to
inform themselves and to help preserve the        comment, it speaks volumes about the
                                                                                                  describe your mistake; perhaps the next
planet with sustainable farming methods.          corporate influence upon congress
                                                                                                  election will show you how dumb organic
Instead of helping those with foresight, you      regarding agriculture.”
                                                                                                  consumers are.”
continue to favor those with dollars who
                                                  “Dear Mr. Peterson: As one of your
lobby you on their own behalf and not in                                                          “Mr. Peterson, Organic consumers are part
                                                  constituents, it disheartens me to hear you
the interests of constituents or the larger                                                       of the biggest growing market on the Earth.
                                                  talk this way. If you would encourage your
interests of the country as a whole. Please                                                       We want a healthy, pesticide free food
                                                  farm constituents to go organic, they would
inform yourself!”                                                                                 supply. We want local food growing in our
                                                  be healthier, their fields would be healthier
                                                                                                  communities and from our farmer citizens,
“Dear Representative, Please, become more         and what they would produce would get
                                                                                                  not Monsanto. We will not eat GM food,
educated so that you deserve the title            better prices and they wouldn't have to use
                                                                                                  cloned animals, or chemical soaked produce
“Representative.” Those of us who have            my tax dollars to live a good life.” Farwell,
                                                                                                  from agri-business. It makes you sound
studied health and food in the interest of        MN
                                                                                                  uneducated and naive that you think we are
being healthy and vita, and then raising
                                                  “Congratulations, you genius, on putting        dumb. Is the entire European Union dumb
children with the same benefits, have
                                                  your foot in your mouth. Haven't you            as well? FYI, the EU grows almost entirely
learned that toxins, pesticides, antibiotics,
                                                  learned a thing at all in politics about        organic crops. They banned GM crops too.
and unnaturally occurring chemicals can
                                                  thinking before making public statements?       Organic consumers really do vote in
cause serious damage to the physical body.
                                                  Maybe it's the food you're eating, or           elections, earn more than average incomes,
Just because most people are ignorant of
                                                  something. Here's an idea; try organic. Best    and we vote with our dollars for food that is
such dangers to a healthy life does not mean
                                                  wishes in good humor” Lowell, MA                safe and nutritious. What do you eat? Have
WE are dumb....”
                                                                                                  you never heard of toxic pesticides? DDT?
                                                  “Wake up, Mr. Peterson! Support for
 “Mr. Peterson, If this quote attributed to                                                       Sterile banana workers? I think you should
                                                  organic, local and sustainable agriculture is
you is actually true, you need to do some                                                         spend more time at the library and less time
                                                  of prime importance in decreasing the size
homework and study the subject. There are                                                         with agri-business lobbyists, or you'll be
                                                  of humanity's footprint on earth. You
many, many reliable sources that advocate                                                         looking for a new job. The future is now.
                                                  should by now be aware of that fact. If you
eating organic and locally grown crops.                                                           WAKE UP!” Charlottesville, VA
                                                  don't understand that, then get out of the
This subject has been in the public eye for
                                                  way and let someone who does assume your        “Mr. Peterson, I find it sad that the
several years now. We are what we eat. The
                                                  position.”                                      chairman of the House of Representative
masses have been ingesting pesticides,
                                                                                                  Agriculture Committee cannot understand
herbicides, and nutritionally depleted food       “Congratulations Congressman, you win the
                                                                                                  the reasons many people value organic
for decades. It's time to pay attention to this   prize for being totally clueless. You are
                                                                                                  farming. Standard factory farming
issue.” Mullica Hill, NJ                          obviously unaware that huge factory farm
                                                                                                  production methods are damaging to the
long-term health of the soil and the            be spent getting my food to my table from         of the week, everyone is there.” Santa Cruz,
environment in many ways, and therefore         New Zealand or Chili or where ever, when I        CA
are self-destructive from the human             can get it from 30-50, at the most, miles
                                                                                                  “Thank you so much for holding such a
perspective. And as far as cost, these          from my home. I eat organic most
                                                                                                  high opinion of the growing numbers of
methods, combined with unfairly                 importantly because it tastes great - a
                                                                                                  consumers who are trying to eat healthier,
distributed federal subsidies, produce          tomato that actually tastes like a tomato
                                                                                                  and support small farmers instead of
merely “false” cheap food prices. I have no     instead of tasting like cardboard. I eat
                                                                                                  industrial agriculture which is poisoning the
problem paying a fair, realistic price for my   organic because I believe that my body
                                                                                                  planet!! It's no wonder I have left the
food.”                                          needs the nutrients that food provides, and I
                                                                                                  Democrats...” Napa, CA
                                                don't believe I can get those nutrients in
“Congratulations, Mr. Peterson, on being
                                                enough supply from food grown in the              “hi there! I am so happy to be known as one
the recipient of this week's Organic
                                                industrial food chain. If you call that dumb,     of the dumb ones! do you understand
Consumer's Association “Dumb Quote of
                                                well, so be it... but you might want to           anything about farming? and what do you
the Week” . It really was quite dumb. I am
                                                READ a little bit, some great material out        do within the senate? oh yes, something
incredibly disappointed that the chairman of
                                                there on the value, on so many levels, of         about farming? hmmm... makes me wonder
the House agriculture committee is so
                                                Organic Farming. Ask one of your staff to         why we have people like you in the senate.
ignorant when it comes to the benefits of
                                                pull some facts together for you before your      if you think that people are dumb for
local and organic agriculture.”
                                                next public dismissal of Organic Farming          actually caring about what they are putting
“Congratulations for getting the Organic        and the people who choose to support those        in their bodies and what they are feeding
Consumers Association award for the             farmers. To your healthy and flavorful            their children then you sir have a serious
dumbest quote of the week. Your lack of         future, Mr. Peterson...” San Jose, CA             problem. why don't you go ahead and buy
understanding of agriculture is very clear.                                                       an organic tomato and a regular chemically
                                                “I'm not quite sure what you think is dumb
Please save everyone time and energy and                                                          produced tomato and tell the world what
                                                about paying more for food that is not
step down from your position of chair of                                                          you think about the taste. if you cannot try
                                                bioengineered and sprayed with pesticides.
this committee.” Concord, MA                                                                      something first, you should definitely know
                                                I would love to hear your logic.”
                                                                                                  that you cannot compare the two or you
“If you'd take the time to educate yourself
                                                “Mr. Peterson is the dull-witted one here.        would be rooting for more organic
about the dangers to your health our current
                                                Doesn't he know that organic methods in           agriculture and local farming. have a
farming and food production practices
                                                the long run are cheaper because they             wonderful life sir.”
entail, you'd realize how serious the threat
                                                conserve more, pollute less, and yield
is. By eating better foods, you increase your                                                     “As a cancer survivor, whose cancer was
                                                higher nutrient-dense produce? How
life expectancy, reduce pollution/                                                                probably caused by all the injected
                                                ignorant of him to make such a blanket
contamination problems of factory farms,                                                          hormones and chemicals sprayed on food, I
                                                statement. How did he get such a position
reduce health care costs, make real impact                                                        don't feel I am “dumb” to try to reduce my
                                                of responsibility being so stupid on the
on energy's very much                                                           future risk. Hope you can enjoy cancer
                                                topic? He must have bought it from those
inter-related. A domino-effect as it were.                                                        someday too, chances are you will, keep
                                                damning farmers bent on making a buck at
Rather than minimizing people's efforts to                                                        eating!” Warren, MI
                                                the cost of the earth and its people. How
ensure quality food and production, you
                                                disgusting!” Sherman Oaks, CA”                    “Perhaps you should research into organic
should really study all the aspects. “I don't
                                                                                                  and locally-grown foods before you make
know what that's about...” very simply          “Hey Mr. Peterson, here's what's dumb:
                                                                                                  “dumb” statements about it.”
states your need for information. I'm hoping    buying food of unknown origin with
this comment would indicate is a real desire    unknown additives from some far-away              “You can bet your bottom dollar I'm willing
for knowledge” Fairfield, IA                    agribusiness corporation with no mission          to pay more for pure food which doesn't
                                                but to maximize shareholder value, rather         harm people who produce it, people who
“Mr. Peterson, Wow! I can't believe you
                                                than buying fresh food of known safety and        consume it, and the earth which provides it.
said that! I eat organic and locally grown
                                                quality from one's neighbors who have a           As an added bonus it cuts of our would be
because I don't want to ear Govt. subsidized
                                                personal stake and who will spend the             corporate masters at the knees. Dumb and
High Fructose Corn Syrup, and Govt.
                                                money right in one's own community.               dumber, indeed!” Fritz Creek, AK
subsidized beef from CAFO's where cows
                                                What's dumb is to elect a congressman who
are fed corn (huh?) and antibiotics and                                                           “There are several reasons to buy food
                                                cares more about his corporate sponsors
growth hormones, as an example. I won't                                                           locally and/or organically. Local food
                                                than the economic health and food security
eat farmed fish for the same reasons - and                                                        decreases the energy expenditure and
                                                of his own Minnesota constituents.”
why they are feeding fish corn is absolutely                                                      investment, supports the local economy,
                                                Farmington, MN
beyond me. I eat organic because I don't                                                          and ensures that U.S. approved agricultural
want to contribute to putting petrochemicals    “Hi: I read your ridiculous quote. First of all   practices are utilized in the growing
into our soil thereby further reducing the      organics are not two to three times as much       process. Growing organic food is a more
beautiful top soil this country was blessed     as conventionally produced produce.               ecologically sound practice, and may be a
with. I eat organic because it doesn't make     Second, I'll pay less for health care in the      healthier food choice. It is disturbing to be
sense to me that Oil - which is a               long run for eating healthier. I suggest that     determined “dumb” , particularly with
diminishing commodity is used to fertilize.     you go to a farmers market and experience         Bachelor's degrees in both pharmacy and
And speaking of oil, I try to eat local         the fun in buying local organic produce.          botany, and a Master's degree that was
because I don't want gallons and gallons of     Our local farmers market is the social event      actually funded by a grant from the
that precious and diminishing commodity to                                                        USDA!” Allegan, MI
"I am shocked that the head of the                 emissions. It scares me that 1) you are a        attributes, in this case no pesticides, no
agriculture committee is unaware of the            democrat, and 2) that you have so much           GMO's, no industrial mono-culture crop
importance of local foods. Local foods             power in the house agriculture committee.”       lands, less fossil fuel use, etc etc, would
support local communities, local farmers,          New York, NY                                     fetch a higher price at market? If not, please
and save pollution and the waste of energy                                                          have your staff brief you on this most
                                                   “Dear Rep. Peterson, Please allow me to
from the transportation of food across far                                                          fundamental tenet.” Portland, OR
                                                   congratulate you on receiving Organic
distances. I am deeply offended by Colin
                                                   Bytes “Dumb Quote of the Week” award.            “Do you pay more for sport and luxury
Peterson's statement that people who pay
                                                   When I read your comments about those of         cars? Do you pay more for quality clothing?
more for local or organic food are dumb. As
                                                   us who prefer to safeguard our health by         Do you pay more for private schools and
I democrat, I expected more from my own
                                                   supporting local and organic producers, I        ivy league colleges? Do you pay more for
party representatives! I expect Mr. Peterson
                                                   shuddered to think that someone with as          quality sports equipment? To not recognize
to apologize to America for his uneducated
                                                   much power as you is as ignorant as you          the quality difference between conventional
and insulting remark!”
                                                   appear to be. I suspect that your opinions       industrial agricultural methods and organic
“Dear Mr. Peterson, We are willing to pay          are the product of some Big Agribiz              agricultural methods is a mark of ignorance.
more money for local and organic food              subsidies in your pockets.” Banner Elk, NC       Have you even tried organic versus
because it is better for our children and our                                                       conventional produce, eggs or milk. Unless
                                                    "Mr. Peterson is the dummy. It's been
planet (our ONLY home). Maybe you need                                                              your taste palette is completely trashed you
                                                   scientifically proven that certified organic
to do some research into where the food                                                             will taste the difference. You're right,
                                                   produce and grass-fed animals have these
you eat comes from and what is in it.                                                               supporting local agriculture, small family
                                                   benefits: - It's sustainable - It lowers the
Maybe you need to think about the CO2                                                               farms, reducing transport time and cost,
                                                   green-house effect vs. stall-grown animals -
spewed into the air each time a truck has to                                                        buying American. All apparently dumb
                                                   Organic produce helps the body rid itself of
drive across the country to deliver our                                                             ideas! Just once, it would be nice not to be
                                                   toxins which are in pesticide-laden &
oranges in mid-December because we are                                                              chagrined by America's elected officials.”
                                                   sterilized soils. - Sterilized soils are
so spoiled in this country. Don't call us                                                           Forest Grove, OR
                                                   dangerous to health is the micro-organisms
dumb. We are informed and we care!”
                                                   are gone & they're vital for soil, plant, and    “In regards to your comment about organic
“Dear Mr. Peterson, You should be aware            human/animal health - Eat less organic &         or locally grown foods, you either live in a
that the small farmer, the organic farmer,         get more nutrition - Grass-fed animals are       cave or are completely ignorant about cause
and farmers who sell locally, get a                full or more nutrients including CLA {anti-      and effect. You demonstrate by your own
miniscule if any subsidy from the US               cancer}, more omega 3's, beta carotene, and      words no concern whatsoever for your own
government, whereas agribusiness and large         the saturated fats are vital for health since    health or the health of others, including
corporations are the recipients of large           many cells in human bodies are composed          your descendents. Perhaps you know or
subsidies. Is it any wonder organic and/or         of them. - Who paid you to say that?”            have some insights the rest of us poor
local foods cost more?”                            Mount Dora, FL                                   consumers without the largess of lobbyists
                                                                                                    don't know. Might I suggest you take the
“You might think that I am “dumb” , but I          “Mr. Peterson - The reality is that people
                                                                                                    time to speak on these matters with your
am doing what I think is best by keeping           like me pay more for food that we believe is
                                                                                                    fellow Republican Michael Huckabee. He
pesticides out of my 2 year old daughter!!”        grown organically or locally because we are
                                                                                                    has been able to connect the relationship of
Cobb, CA                                           apparently more concerned about our health
                                                                                                    nutrition and health care costs in ways that
                                                   and the health of the planet than people like
“Protecting our food supply is not DUMB!                                                            you have yet to acknowledge. Off the
                                                   you who ridicule us for our decisions.”
It's a shame “organic” food has to be so                                                            record your brain and heart cells might well
pricey. I don't, as a rule, believe in subsidies   “Wow! Congratulations on your narrow-            benefit from some additional Omega 3
but do believe in encouraging more organic         minded and ignorant opinion. That must           intake. Mental logic resides in brain matter
farmers and assisting them as you would            have taken a lot of your time to come up         and learning is facilitated by well fed heads,
“traditional” farmers.” Cedar Park, TX             with such a quote! Perhaps you should pick       fed not with plastics or toxins but with God
                                                   up a book sometime and read up on organic        given molecules.” Branson, MO”
“The reason we pay more for organic and
                                                   food. You may learn something.”
local food is obvious, from a health                                                                “Congratulations on your remarks about
perspective and from an environmental              “Sure, paying two or three times as much         organic food. You have won the Organic
perspective. The government should not be          for organic food instead of industrial food is   Consumers Association dumbest quote of
supporting agri-industry that uses chemical-       dumb! Why would anyone do something so           the week award. Perhaps you are happy
intensive methods, pollutes the                    stupid! Paying more than you need is             feeding your family food items loaded with
environment, and is responsible for e-coli         always dumb. That's why you drive a used         antibiotics and growth hormones from
outbreaks, unhealthy fast foods, etc. Your         Yugo, right?” Canby, OR                          farms that abuse their livestock and rely
subsidies to these industries are putting out                                                       heavily on pesticides and other chemical
                                                   “Dear Mr. Peterson, I am appalled that as
of business small farmers (the ones that                                                            means to grow good looking produce of
                                                   the Chairman of the House of
really need help), and are a major reason                                                           little nutritional value. I prefer to pay a bit
                                                   Representatives Agricultural Committee           more to have food that is not tainted with
why Americans are having increased rates
                                                   you do not understand the reasons that           unnecessary and debilitating chemicals,
of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. So
                                                   consumers are willing to pay a premium for
your “subsidies” are taking its toll on the                                                         antibiotics and pesticides. As for meat from
                                                   local and organic food. Do you not
American healthcare system, and on the                                                              animals that never see the light of day and
                                                   understand the basic economic principal
heath of the American people. Organic is                                                            are overgrown through hormone use such
                                                   that something with more desirable
good food, and local food reduces CO2                                                               that they cannot even support their body
weight, and live packed tightly together in      many local and organic farmers out of             make you appear as anti-organic. The
small cruel cages or pens - well, that's just    business. And that directly threatens my          government continues to water down the
plain abuse and I don't want any part of         ability to feed my family wholesome               standards so AGRIBUSINESS can use the
that.”                                           products produced outside the industrial          label. But many of the pioneers of organic
                                                 food chain that has caused so many food           produce-the small producers have been
" Dear Congressman Peterson, I have
                                                 contamination outbreaks in the past few           strangled by the high cost of certification,
recently found out that my 5 year old is on
                                                 years. It also directly threatens my ability to   red tape etc. USDA should be promoting
the verge of puberty. It appears she is more
                                                 feed my family whole foods free of overly         ways for the truly organic small family
sensitive to chemicals, such as the bovine
                                                 processed industrial-ag ingredients that          oriented to benefit from the fruits of their
growth hormone injected into cattle. The
                                                 cause obesity and health problems.                labor! I trust you will take great pains to
cattle produce not only beef, but all the
                                                 Congressman, grow up. Get some real               modify your statement.” Dunnville, KY
milk, yogurt, and cheese she has eaten. In
                                                 education on food and agriculture issues,
the 4 months since switching to                                                                    “Saying that people buying organic and
                                                 and start acting in the best interests of the
natural/organic products her excessive                                                             local for more $$ is dumb just proves how
                                                 people and not the best interests of your
growth has slowed and her blood tests                                                              uninformed you are, Collin. And you are
                                                 own personal wallet. I am shocked that you
indicate her hormone levels are normal, for                                                        the chair of the ag committee, huh? A
                                                 call yourself a Democrat. If this is how
now. I do this for her and we have seen a                                                          perfect example of what is wrong with the
                                                 you're going to behave, we don't actually
difference in her and ourselves. Please do                                                         U.S.” Creswell, OR
                                                 want you in this party.” Minneapolis, MN
not call me dumb, I have a Ph.D. in Clinical
                                                                                                   “Dear Collin Peterson: You should be
Psychology and have done the research on         “Mr. Peterson, I used to be proud of the
                                                                                                   proud of yourself, your comments to the
organic foods, there is a difference and         support that our elected officials used to
                                                                                                   financial times are working. My 90 year old
many chemicals shoved on citizens are            give to the small local farms of the Midwest
                                                                                                   father agrees with you and thinks organics
related to many health concerns. Thank you       of which I was born and raised. Your most
                                                                                                   are a “bunch of foolishness,” even though
for reading. The Woodlands, TX                   recent quotation regarding local and organic
                                                                                                   he constantly complains about the produce
                                                 farms makes me embarrassed to call myself
“It just so happens, Mr. Peterson, that I am                                                       he eats with comments like “you could dent
                                                 a Midwestern farmers son. Thanks for all
one of those “dumb” people who spend                                                               a car with one of these tomatoes,” the stuff
                                                 you support!!!” Charlestown, NH
more to buy organic. I do it because I don't                                                       doesn't have any taste” or “when I was a kid
want garbage in my food, which is what           “ Talk about a dumb remark -- where did           food tasted like something.” But if I bring
your big corporations do. I also do it for the   you get your education about the                  him some fresh organic produce his
animals who suffer 24 hours a day to supply      environment and the effect of poisoning           comments are “were did you get this, it
uncaring people with their “meat” . I            both our land and water? You are an               tastes like the stuff we used to have on the
thought sure you would be a republican, but      embarrassment as a Democrat. Shame on             farm when I was a kid!”
guess what? A democrat, I guess there isn't      you.”
                                                                                                   “Dear Mr. Peterson, Thanks for the great
much difference after all.” London, ON
                                                 “You must be just another person with a  makes us realize we have a lot of
“Dear Collin Peterson: You need to educate       severe case of “foot-in-mouth disease” .          educating to do. We accept lead in our paint
yourself on organic farming and organic          What were you thinking, or maybe just not         is bad for us. We accept smoking is a
foods before you make such foolish               really thinking at all or was your comment        serious health problem. It is becoming ever
statements.” Peabody, MA                         something to do with an oxy-moron                 more apparent that organic and local food is
                                                 situation without much oxy. Get a grip!”          the best preventive health plan and most
“Congressman Peterson, I'm shocked and
                                                                                                   sustainable approach to acquiring food for
appalled at your ignorant comments about         “Stop using toxic chemicals and
                                                                                                   our communities. Get with the plan or we
organic & local foods, as reported by the        carcinogens in food and in growing foods.
                                                                                                   will elect another representative supportive Financial Times 10/17/07:              Organic is worth it...” Arvada, CO
                                                                                                   of this critical issue. Coralville, IA
“For whatever reason, people are willing to
                                                 “It is sad when such an important position
pay two or three times as much for                                                                 “Thank you Sir, for your complement as to
                                                 is given to someone who lacks knowledge,
something that says 'organic' or 'local'. Far                                                      my mental ability to choose to pay a little
                                                 curiosity, and a care for the earth.” Salt
be it from me to understand what that's                                                            more for organic food for the health of my
                                                 Spring Island, BC
about, but that's reality. And if people are                                                       family. If more people were to make such
dumb enough to pay that much then                “For someone from MN and on some                  wise choices, we would have a far healthier
hallelujah.” Your comments clearly betray        government committee on agric, to say             nation and our children would be the long-
your lack of education (beyond “education”       something so stupid and ignorant about            term beneficiaries. Thank you for showing
from industrial agriculture lobbyists) on the    organic/local food makes you either               us where you are in consciousness.”
health & economic benefits of local and          retarded or in the pocket of Con-Agra(front
                                                                                                   “Sir: It is hard for me to imagine that you
organic foods and the incredible health risks    pants pocket). Typical gov beauro-rat. More
                                                                                                   can not understand why people would want
of products from the industrial-agriculture      reason to abolish gov intervention from our
                                                                                                   the food they eat to be grown close to them
complex. I'm ashamed that you are a              economy.”
                                                                                                   (easier on the environment) and with out
Congressman from Minnesota - you should
know better, given the number of organic         “Good day sir, While I will agree that some       pesticides and chemicals (easier on humans
                                                 of the pricing for organic foods, especially      AND the earth), and would be willing to
farmers and co-op groceries throughout our
                                                 by the larger corporations are higher than        pay more to poison the earth and our bodies
state. Your protectionist and apologist
                                                 they should be, I will also say that your         less. I may be dumb but I'm smart enough
stance towards industrial-ag and the
                                                 comments cab be easily misconstrued, and          to know you are chairman of the wrong
business-as-usual farm bill will help put
                                                                                                   committee. Perhaps there is an opening at
Dow Chemical for someone as “smart” as           threatening. Having had to visit the             “Let me give you an example why... The
you. bon appetit!”                               emergency room on numerous occasions             other day I bought a factory farmed
                                                 due to food additives not properly labeled       chicken. It tasted OK (which they usually
“I am writing to tell you that I am one of the
                                                 on prepared foods, I have become an              don't) so I thought I would make some
“dumb” people who spends more for good
                                                 activist against our lax FDA and USDA            homemade broth out of it. It turned out
food, being organic. I do this for two
                                                 regulations. My family has been on a total       horrible. The beautiful flavorful broth filled
reasons. One is because I don't wish to
                                                 organic diet now for one year. We are no         with healthy gelatin that comes with local
ingest the garbage from the government's
                                                 longer suffering migraines, symptoms of          or organic chicken, was instead, flat and
favorite corporations. Two is because I
                                                 MS and Type Two Diabetes. I suggest you          water thin. Truly disgusting. I threw it out. I
don't wish to be a part of animal torture. I
                                                 watch the DVD “FUTURE of FOOD” that              would much rather pay double to triple the
also do not eat meat. I was sure you were a
                                                 your staff can google and acquire for you.       price for a chicken that I could eat with
Republican, but no, you are a Democrat.
                                                 Recently we organic consumer activists           complete taste satisfaction and then use the
Guess you're not so different, after all. Too
                                                 successfully caused the U.S. Patent Office       bones to make delicious healthy broth. You
bad. I had some hope for a while.”
                                                 to nullify four of Monsanto‟s patents. Once      CAN'T do that with battery chicken. Keaau,
“Dear Mr. Peterson, Your short-sightedness       you watch the “Future of Food” you will          HI
is monumental. If you can't see why people       see why we were successful. Please educate
                                                                                                  “Mr. Peterson: Your ignorance of the values
want organic foods, check with the               yourself of the growing threat to our food
                                                                                                  of organically grown food is alarming! And
continuous media coverage of food recalls.       supply. I hope you grow to understand that
                                                                                                  to think that you are a Democrat, my party.
Once upon a time, poisonous things were          more terror and damage to our health is
                                                                                                  Read up on it, Sir, and increase your
labeled as such--now it appears we have to       caused by Monsanto and other mega
                                                                                                  knowledge, which seems to have been
swing the other direction. As my mother          industrial ag businesses than any number of
                                                                                                  stunted by being in Washington too long.”
used to say--You can pay for you health in       foreign terrorists.”
                                                                                                  Jackson, TN
the food you eat or you can pay for at the
                                                 “Actually sir I believe that you are the
doctor. I prefer to eat good food. Thanks”                                                        “I can't believe a person of your position
                                                 dumbass here for making such a statement
                                                                                                  could make a comment about organic foods
“Mr. Peterson, with all due respect, how         about paying too much for local or organic
                                                                                                  or foods that benefit a person's health. We,
you can hold a position on the agricultural      food. I'm willing to pay the extra money to
                                                                                                  who embrace organic foods as a way to heal
committee and NOT understand why                 know that my food is reasonably safe to eat.
                                                                                                  ourselves or help ourselves to eat better, are
consumers are paying more for organic and        You cannot make the same claim about
                                                                                                  not dumb as you seem to think. We choose
local organic foods is absolutely mind-          factory farm foods. Of course, I know the
                                                                                                  to help ourselves since the government
blowing! I suggest you educate yourself,         gov't is very busy at work eroding the
                                                                                                  doesn't seem willing to help the public to
sir, and join us in this century. By the way,    regulations that make the organic industry
                                                                                                  stay well and off medicines or in hospitals
from the looks of your photo, you appear to      what it is, or was. You will not be happy
                                                                                                  or care homes. Next time, consider what
be 10-15 years older than you really are,        until agribiz reigns supreme and I have no
                                                                                                  you say or better yet, you might try organic
and I can tell that you take pharmaceutical      choices in the foods I eat. God you people
                                                                                                  foods and see how much better they taste
medications as well as eat an unhealthy and      make me sick.”
                                                                                                  and how much better you feel.”
pesticide-laden diet. You appear to be a
                                                 “You Collin Peterson, are pretty darn
prime candidate for heart disease, stroke,                                                        “Dear Congressman Peterson, I am
                                                 arrogant! Educate yourself about WHY
etc. You, sir, have TOXIC written all over                                                        offended by your remark indicating that
                                                 people concerned about their health demand
you!” Colorado Springs, CO                                                                        those who spend money on organic and
                                                 organic foods and why this aspect of
                                                                                                  local products are “dumb.” If you choose to
“On the bottle of every pesticide, as an         agriculture needs government support
                                                                                                  eat chemical-laden, factory-farmed products
example, the things listed that it will do to    (instead of just spouting what you did).... If
                                                                                                  with little nutritional value, that's your
insects are the same things that this product    you think hard enough, you will have to
                                                                                                  business. My family and I eat organic,
will do to your body. So, it's time for you to   admit, that you wouldn't even be alive,
                                                                                                  locally-grown food, because I believe it is
consider that you could actually be healthier    spouting this “dumb rhetoric” , if it were
                                                                                                  healthier for us and the nation. It would be
yourself if you ate organic food. Please         not for your grandparent‟s (and theirs and
                                                                                                  good for you to learn the other side of the
consider standing up for your future             so on, back in time--i.e. prior to the so-
                                                                                                  argument for making statements such as
generations and mine.” Bozeman, MT               called almighty industrial revolution and the
                                                                                                  this one.”
                                                 poisons it created) who grew organic foods,
“Ignoramus should be added to your title! It
                                                 on organic, enriched soil, and raised,           “Congratulations! You now rank right up
is politicians like you that are the problem     organically fed and pastured beef cattle, that   there with our Fearless Leader, if not in
with our government. You would be well           went into YOUR very own DNA, so you              numbers of stupid statements at least in
served to do a little homework and find out
                                                 could stand here today and choose to             ignorance of the facts!”
about organic and locally produced foods
                                                 denigrate your very foundation! WHO is
before you say something else so ignorant                                                         “Congratulations, Mr. Chairman, for
                                                 dumb, Mr. Chairman?!”
and stupid :-(“ Honolulu, HI                                                                      receiving OCA's Award for the dumbest
                                                 “Collin Petersen, when you taste organic         quote of the week. For whatever reason,
“As a person who suffers from severe food        food , it tastes so fresh. We do not want        Democrats are willing to keep saying dumb
allergies, I find your comment regarding         food with pesticides on them and yes they        things, and well, far be it from ME to
organic foods totally uneducated. All the
                                                 are more expensive but your statement was        understand what that's about. You
food alterations and additives in non
                                                 VERY RUDE for calling organic                    obviously have no grasp nor do you
organic foods are causing huge increases in
                                                 consumers dumb. You owe us an apology.”          understand the basics of good health. Quite
food allergies, some of which are life
                                                                                                  unfortunate, especially in this day and age
of wanting to enforce a Socialistic Health      regarding organically and locally grown         Undercooked hot dogs transmit Listeriosis.
Care bill; instead of spending all those        foods. Put simply, organically grown foods      Monsanto would like to see all dairy cattle
millions to insurance companies, you            are not only healthier to consume, having       inoculated weekly with Recombinant
should be fighting to spend them cleaning       higher nutritional content and lower toxic      Bovine Growth Hormone. Drinking water is
up our food supply, water supply, and the       pollution, but the means by which they are      laced with tetracycline for all confinement
air we breath. We might not need so much        grown are more sustainable and                  animals. Farmed salmon is fed artificial
“health insurance” if you did.” Halifax, MA     environmentally friendly. As for supporting     colorants to make its flesh pink. Ground
                                                locally grown food, it makes so much sense      beef is frequently recalled for E. coli
" Dear Congressman Peterson: Would you
                                                from an economic perspective to support         content, and the same can be said for
please be so kind as to confirm that you
                                                local businesses. If you don't understand       spinach, ice cream, pepperoni and the list
were either misquoted, or quoted out of
                                                why that is, you shouldn't be holding public    goes on. No other first world country takes
context? It is beyond my comprehension
                                                office. Please do all Americans a favor and     it for granted that its food supply is so
that, coming from a state with such a strong
                                                educate yourself on the field in which you      contaminated and adulterated. By all means,
agricultural base, you just don't “get it” .
                                                hold so much sway, and then redeem              continue to feed your family chemicals and
Your first statement, about doing something
                                                yourself by making more informed public         antibiotics... while you exclaim at the
without government's help would make
                                                statements on the subject. Thank you.”          proliferation of cancer, as well as MRSA,
sense -- if federal assistance wasn't paying
                                                Alexandria, VA                                  extreme TB and other drug-resistant strains
to support the competition. Your final
                                                                                                of bacteria that the wanton use of antibiotics
comment, about the dumb consumers, is           “You are what you eat. People who eat
                                                                                                has fostered. I prefer to make healthier
simply bizarre. Saxapahaw, NC                   factory farmed food are unhealthy and fat.
                                                                                                choices for my family. I would not have to
                                                They spend more money on drugs and
“I'm sorry to say, considering you are a MN                                                     pay so much more for these commodities if
                                                hospital bills than smart eaters who choose
representative, that your comments re                                                           Congressmen like you understood the costs
                                                organic food.”
organic food are most uninformed. First,                                                        entailed in switching a farm from
most organic food doesn't cost that much        “For you to have made such a negative           conventional to organic methods, and
more than similar non-organic products (2       statement about ORGANICS and BUYING             directed your subsidies where they might
or 3 times more is a gross exaggeration).       LOCALLY only shows you have no                  actually be instrumental in improving the
Second, organic food has been substantiated     business in the position you are in. You do     health of all thinking Americans.” Palmyra,
to have more nutrients. Third, those on         not represent the future of growing concern     ME
organic diets have been found to have less      for the quality of food we eat and how or
                                                                                                “Even if you are not for organic, local
pesticide residues in their blood. Fourth,      where it is produced. You have a very short
                                                                                                purchasing helps smaller farmers and the
fifth, and sixth: buying local keeps            sighted attitude and it sounds much aligned
                                                                                                local economy, and saves petroleum and
investment within the state, is less            with big agriculture business.”
                                                                                                transportation. Organic is not that bad -
destructive to soil and supports pasture
                                                “Dear Rep. Peterson, your ignorance and         keeps some of your Monsanto & friends'
maintenance and reduced siltation. Finally,
                                                arrogance are hugely disappointing in a         pesticides and poisons out of the soil and
organic foods put less pesticide and wildlife
                                                Democrat. If you are so out of touch with       out of our bodies. Hey, that's a real health
harming nutrients into ground and surface
                                                how disgusted Americans are with business       benefit!” Concrete, WA
water and into workers. You are very
                                                as usual, including agribusiness as usual,
disappointing.”                                                                                 “Dear Sir, I just wanted to extend my
                                                you will find yourself sitting on the
                                                                                                congratulations to you for uttering what has
“Considering your position, you are not         sidelines. I have faith in your constituents,
                                                                                                got to be the most misinformed and idiotic
very intelligent are you? Personally, I can't   even if you don't.” Klickitat, WA
                                                                                                statement I have heard come from a
afford the high cost of organic food, but I'm
                                                “How dumb can you be and still represent        politician's mouth this week. I am referring,
glad it is available for those who can. With
                                                us? Shame on you and I am a Democrat!           of course, to your claim that those willing to
all the recalls lately, perhaps they are the
                                                Eating fewer chemicals will lead to better      pay a higher price for organic and local
truly smart consumers.”
                                                health and fewer medical problems. Do you       produce are “dumb.” I'm glad that you feel
“Dear Sir, Organic food is an excellent         have a college education or not? If not, you    that way about your constituents and other
investment in the health of the individual as   need to go back to school and learn a few       American consumers who have gone
well as the environment. You are very           things or two.” Hot Springs, AR                 through the trouble of educating themselves
shortsighted if you think you're saving                                                         on the issues involved with agriculture, and
                                                “Agribusiness does need subsidies!”
money by buying conventional foods.                                                             care enough to make sacrifices to support
Factor in health care and environmental         “Dear Rep. Peterson: You really don't get it,   agriculture which is socially and
damage directly resulting from                  do you? Organic and local are „dumb‟? Are       environmentally responsible. And in
conventional farming methods and you            we living on the same planet? I thought you     regards to the phenomenon of consumers
have run up a huge tab.                         were from MN, not from Mars. Our chicken        being willing to pay more, you even say,
                                                is contaminated with Salmonella as it           “Far be it for me understand what that's
Then you can consider the ethical issues,
                                                swims in a bath of feces during processing.     about.” Understanding what “that is about”
and it's really no contest. So who's really                                                     is precisely your job, as chairman of the
                                                Pigs raised in CAFOs are forced to drink
dumb?”                                                                                          agricultural committee. It's nice to know
                                                their own urine. Feedlot beef is given a diet
“Sir, As one who has for many years been        of corn - a food alien to them - and plugged    where you stand on important issues such as
interested in the role food plays in our        with antibiotics and hormones to speed          public health and the environment.
health and the quality of our lives, I was      growth. Shrimp from Asia are fed on
                                                                                                “Dear Mr. Collin Peterson, There is over 62
amazed to read your uninformed words            chicken droppings loaded with antibiotics.
                                                                                                natural minerals and substances in organic
soil. Regular farming only replaces 3 of          “Mr. Peterson, If the above statement has       their neighborhood - our food is safer, more
these; NPK, Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and            quoted you properly, then let me share an       nutritious, and less travel-worn than the
Potassium. Because these three are                experience you could witness in my area of      stuff the USDA subsidizes. It's worth every
associated with the growth of plants, we          North Carolina. You see I live among some       penny. Shame on you.” Hotchkiss, CO
have assumed that the others are not              of the most heavily sprayed crops you could
                                                                                                  “Dumb?!! How do you like the taste of your
necessary for the healthy growth of humans        imagine. I live surrounded by apple
                                                                                                  foot? Perhaps you should educate yourself
to consume. I have to tell you that I have        orchards. These young trees are sprayed 7
                                                                                                  on the benefits of grass-fed beef. Have you
only been eating organic foods for 10 years       or more times a year, for years before they
                                                                                                  ever even heard of omega-3 fatty acids?
and the first year, I wondered if there was       produce one apple. Normally nature
                                                                                                  Probably not, given your asinine statement.
any difference and why I was wasting my           provides a wonderful orchestra of sounds
                                                                                                  For your information, grass-fed beef is
money on this foolishness. I then went to         from crickets, birds and other wildlife. But
                                                                                                  much healthier than corn-fed beef.
have some regular meat and vegetables and         when the clouds of chemicals spray from
                                                                                                  Although you are supposed to know
there was very little taste. Very                 the back of the farmers tractors, all go
                                                                                                  something about agriculture, you obviously
inconclusive, I agree. But here is the scoop.     silent. Yet just five miles from my house a
                                                                                                  don't know that COWS ARE SUPPOSED
If eating organic costs more and tastes           brave farmer is growing the most delicious
                                                                                                  TO EAT GRASS. This makes their meat
better, and I am getting less pesticides and      apples with out these dangerous chemicals.
                                                                                                  higher in the omega-3's which reduces the
chemicals in my body that may or may not          It is sad to hear the repeated stories of
                                                                                                  risk of heart disease. Oh, and also brain
be good for me, why take chances. I might         various health issues the farmers are
                                                                                                  disease, which may explain why you don't
only live 3 days longer than most people,         experiencing as they age. I will gladly pay 3
                                                                                                  know any of this. If you'd like to learn more
but what will the quality and health of their     times more for my produce as you said,
                                                                                                  please visit the
lives be like compared to mine. I am              instead of hearing a doctor pronounce my
                                                                                                  Here's to your health!” Conyers, GA
banking on less disease to affect my quality      death certificate of cancer. Some one with
of life and thus reduced healthcare costs. Of     your position would hopefully do a little       "Representative Peterson, There are people
course there is little to substantiate all of     more research before he spoke publicly.”        dying of cancer all around me. I held a
this, but once you are educated more about        Hendersonville, NC                              cancer-ridden child in my arms before she
the how and why's of organic, you will                                                            died--with one eye, multiple surgery scars,
                                                  “I certainly hope you aren't as ignorant as
possibly not say such ignorant things                                                             and excruciating pain. Conventional food is
                                                  this quote makes you appear. If you are,
anymore. Have an open mind and read a                                                             killing us and YOU are willing to subsidize
                                                  then perhaps you need to educate yourself
little.....”                                                                                      them. Shame on you. We should give
                                                  on the true economy of the food you eat. I
                                                                                                  organic food all the help they can get and
“Sir: I am shocked that a representative          recommend to begin your education you
                                                                                                  make it available and affordable to people
from Minnesota would make as                      read Barbara Kingsolver's newest book,
                                                                                                  who are poor. I visited a neighborhood
environmentally ignorant a statement as           Vegetable, Animal, Miracle. I will continue
                                                                                                  today where it is easier to find a gun, a pack
your quote regarding organic agriculture. If      to put my money where my mouth is, and
                                                                                                  of cigarettes, or a bottle of alcohol than a
agriculture should be subsidized at all there     buy local.”
                                                                                                  tomato or a carrot or lettuce. I buy local
is much more economic justification to
                                                  “Your comment about the rest of the nation      because I care about my neighbors who are
support organic and localized farming than
                                                  being dumb for eating organic seems to go       growers. Buying local builds local
large agribusiness.” Mankato, MN
                                                  against the Democratic mantra during the        community. I'm glad you're not my
“Dear Senator, We don't pay two or three          Clinton administration that it's the economy    neighbor because you just don't get this! I
times more for local or organic food, we          stupid. So who's really the idiot here? Oh,     am wondering why YOU are chairman of
can't afford to. We are willing to pay a little   how I long for the days of Paul Wellstone.      the agricultural committee. It does not seem
more for organic, and usually pay less for        Unfortunately, the land of lakes is missing     like a good fit. Perhaps you should try a
locally grown produce and meat. If you            its native son. Why not go take a flying leap   different committee that doesn't affect so
truly don't get it, have a staff member do        into one of those lakes and see if there are    many good people trying to raise healthy
some research and bring you up to speed on        any other Dems bottom-feeding on people         children. Eating local and organic,” Santa
the many health and economic benefits of          like Nader and Michael Bloomberg who            Rosa, CA
locally grown, organic food.” Anacortes,          still remember what Thomas Jefferson
                                                                                                  “Congratulations Colin Peterson on getting
WA                                                meant by democracy. Just be careful, there
                                                                                                  the award for the DUMBEST QUOTE OF
                                                  are state laws in place that don't allow
“People who live in glass houses should not                                                       THE WEEK from the Organic Consumers
                                                  sewage pollution to contaminate the waters
throw stones! Some of us “dumb” folks                                                             Association. Our polluted, genetically
                                                  of the state.” Windsor, CA
have to eat organically because we have                                                           engineered, foul tasting, vitamin and
been poisoned by chemicals and can no              Collin Peterson, are you concerned with        mineral lacking food is
longer tolerate eating pesticide laden “food”     your own health, the health of your family      OOOOOOOOOOOOO so good for us. Ever
without getting very sick. I am one of those      & children & other family members? If so,       wonder why America is fat and getting
who has no choice. People who think they          you ought to be VERY concerned with             fatter everyday? Try the food supply. I wish
are eating well by purchasing traditionally       encouraging organic farming with every          I made the money you representatives
grown need to do some research. Organic           opportunity afforded you.”                      make. It would make my life of paying 2
food has been proven to have more                                                                 and 3 times for organic food easier. Thanks
                                                  “I am an organic local farmer, and I can tell
vitamins, minerals and other nutrients than                                                       for calling me dumb, you sir are a jackass!”
                                                  you that the people buying our produce
the crap you are eating. You have been                                                            Las Vegas, NV
                                                  taste the difference and willingly pay to
brainwashed dumb!”
                                                  keep small family farms in business and in
“It is sad to read your quote about buying      worth it. I'm fortunate enough to have the       " Dear sir, I am one of those “dumb” people
organic and local produce being “dumb” .        financial means to have a choice between         you refer to and I guess you are smart
Perhaps a more open-minded approach             local farmers and agri-biz. Being an             because if you really knew what factory
would be: “hmm, wonder what this is             Alaskan, I choose to support the local           farmed food was, how it's processed and the
about? The public seems to be on to             business people whenever I can. Also, I'd        nutritional value differences of it and
something here. I think I'll research this      rather eat food grown in the USA than in a       organics/local foods, you too, would be
before I say something that makes me look       country that has little or no regulation of      dumb! That was a blatantly idiotic comment
stupid.”                                        water safety and chemical use.                   from a representative! Watch your dumb
                                                Congratulations on getting the Organic           mouth!”
“I haven't time in my busy life working to
                                                Consumers Association award for the
grant you my words. Excusez-moi de vous                                                          “Dear Mr. Peterson, I suppose you won't be
                                                dumbest quote of the week!” Anchorage,
d---ranger...”                                                                                   crowing quite so loudly when there's no
                                                                                                 more oil to transport your chemically
“Your contempt for American's who are
                                                “Buy local. Save Fuel Buy organic. Save          polluted, hormone-injected, genetically
forced to pay extra for organic meat was
                                                chemicals.” Fox Island, WA                       altered produce in giant tractor-trailers (or
typical of a paid hack for greedy
                                                                                                 even DOUBLE tractor-trailers) from one
corporations who feel threatened. You not       “You have got to be the most stupid person
                                                                                                 end of the country to the other. When that
only have exposed your loyalties, but also      on the face of the earth. Organic food is the
                                                                                                 day comes, believe me, you'll be grateful
show your callousness and ignorance.            best there is. At least we all know we'll live
                                                                                                 for the people who fought to have real food
Especially with the recent recall by Cargill    disease free when we eat organic food. I for
                                                                                                 grown by real people, without chemical
Inc. Recalling more than 1 million pounds       one, will buy it when I can find it. And you
                                                                                                 additives, close to where you live, so that
of ground beef that may be contaminated         know what? You could benefit from it too.
                                                                                                 you and your loved ones will have
with E. coli bacteria - the second time in      Then maybe you wouldn't be making stupid
                                                                                                 something nourishing to eat when you sit
less than a month it has voluntarily recalled   remarks.”
                                                                                                 down at the dinner table.” Dorchester, MA
beef. One million pounds - 10 states...
                                                “Supporting local farmers and for that
Hallelujah... you‟ve sold your soul ? you                                                        “Congratulations on earning Organic
                                                matter, producers of any goods made
have no dignity.”                                                                                Consumers Association's “dumbest quote of
                                       it in your neighborhood, city ,
                                                                                                 the week” . Organic consumers are not
“I want to eat healthy, organic, food without   state, or country actually the
                                                                                                 “dumb” -- we simply are left with no choice
pesticide and hormones that have given          smartest most obvious thing to do to
                                                                                                 in paying extra if we want wholesome,
many women cancer. You democrats have           support our economy. So, just remember
                                                                                                 nutritious foods that don't rot our brains or
done nothing about health care or help for      Mr.Peterson...STUPID IS AS STUPID
                                                                                                 give us cancer. And by the way, it's still
the people. Your just like republicans, the     DOES.....where do you
                                                                                                 cheaper than health insurance and medical
most war hungry nation on the planet            shop?....China?????”
                                                                                                 care, thanks to legislators like you who
following a born again christian who does
                                                “You know, I've read a lot about the             favor big business and factory farms. Tell
nothing that Jesus would do. Keep it up
                                                additives in processed foods, the diets fed to   the FDA to do it's job in protecting
until we can disappear as a species.”
                                                corporate cattle, hogs and chickens, and the     consumers, instead of excusing big
“The poisoning of our food system by            effects of same on the health and mental         business' poisoning of the food supply.
agribusiness is something as a health           acuity of humans. But, not until your            We're counting on you - or we're voting for
professional that I take very seriously.        exceedingly ignorant statement did I realize     someone else.”
Unless you are owned by those interests         just how extensive is the brain damage
                                                                                                 “Congratulations! Your comment
you might do well to as well.”                  caused by non-organic, processed,
                                                                                                 illuminates just how “dumb” and
                                                preserved and transported foods. Oh well,
“organic food and local food is better for                                                       uninformed you are! Organic foods provide
                                                eat up! Continue your diet of slop. I think
you and the planet. Have you ever heard of                                                       more nutrients than non-organically grown
                                                it's too late for you.” Aptos, CA
global warming? greenhouse gases?                                                                foods, not to mention that they are minus
transportation costs are costs to the planet    “You Sir have a lot to learn before you can      the toxic chemicals used as pesticides and
you leave for your children. Factory            make judgments like that. Did you ever           herbicides, and hormones and antibiotics
farming is not good for the animals and is      consider that there are manifold health and      routinely given to meat animals whether
not good for you. When you eat all those        ecological implications to supporting local,     they need them or not. Just take a look at
antibiotics in the animals, do you think        organic, and sustainable food ways? There        the incidence of cancer, higher level of
they'll work for you when you need them         is plenty of research validating such and I      aggression among teens, and other illnesses
to? Please get a clue. Thank you for your       suggest you investigate it further. Organic      that can be traced to these chemicals and
attention.” Hood River, OR                      consumers make up a very intelligent and         hormones. My only solace is in knowing
                                                socially conscious demographic and WE            that you (and people like you) probably
“Dear Representative Peterson: I would like
                                                will be the vectors for meaningful social        consume most of your food from non-
to propose that organic food consumers are
                                                change whether the political contingency is      organic sources, which will in time, lead
not the dumbies. Rather, folks who are
                                                behind us or not.” Portland, OR                  you to chronic and potentially fatal
complacent about the overload of                                                                 diseases, effectively wiping you off the
agricultural chemicals they consume each        “Well You are dumb enough to eat                 planet. Survival of the fittest at it's best! So
day are the ones who should “have their         unorganic food and your health will pay for
                                                                                                 keep eating that stuff...”
heads examined.” As a 30 year organic           it too. Just keep your grubby hands off
gardener, it makes me sad to pay more for       organics.” Silver Spring, MD
healthy food. But, I think my family is
“Sir, if you knew anything about nutrition     hereafter you think -- or do some research --     “Dear Collin Peterson, some people on this
and health, you would retract the statement    before you speak.” Oakdale, CA                    planet care about the foods that we put in
you made.”                                                                                       are bodies and obviously you don't or else
                                               “How can you not know the difference
                                                                                                 you would know why we pay more for
“I am shocked at your ignorance and            between conventional and organic food?
                                                                                                 organics. We suggest you spend a little
disrespectful language toward Americans        Your state is full of farmers. I think it's
                                                                                                 energy looking into how non-organic foods
who are more health conscious and more         incredibly pathetic that you got elected. It's
                                                                                                 are polluting are planet and are bodies in
environmentally responsible than yourself.     a very sad reflection on the people in your
                                                                                                 more ways than you can count on your own
Local and organic produce is better for the    district.” Park Ridge, IL
                                                                                                 hands. Get with the program and stop being
local economy, better for the environment,
                                                “You should remove yourself from the             so ignorant.”
and healthier for consumers. Are you sure
                                               agricultural committee now for your
you are a Democrat?”                                                                             “Dear Mr. Peterson; You might care to
                                               stunning level of ignorance and while
                                                                                                 educate yourself more carefully before
“Organic food is the best and smartest way     you're at it resign from congress as we have
                                                                                                 passing judgment. Your expression does not
to keep ourselves and the world healthy.       more than enough dumb ass members.”
                                                                                                 inspire confidence in your ability to serve as
Anything else is an abomination.”
                                               “Dear Mr. Peterson: My husband, age 90,           chairman. Best wishes,”
“Dear Representative Peterson, My family       and I, age 82, are not dumb. Instead, we are
                                                                                                 “I'm am certain, Mr. Petersen, of the
buys locally-raised, organic and/or grass-     healthy and vibrant seniors, thanks to
                                                                                                 intelligence of consumers that buy organic
fed meats whenever we can for many             organic and locally-grown foods. My
                                                                                        I am also certain of the
reasons. One main reason is that we feel       husband has just won seven gold medals in
                                                                                                 stupidity of the people that are, so called,
that climate change is a serious problem and   the local and state Senior Games finals.
                                                                                                 running this country. You are an ignorant
we need to reduce the carbon footprint of      You might look in the mirror and see a
                                                                                                 representative of what is the worst in our
our lifestyle. The food we buy represents a    person who may not attain our age and then
                                                                                                 society...our social leaders. Please step
big percentage of our impact on the planet.    determine who is dumb.”
                                                                                                 down for the better of all humanity and the
If you take climate change seriously you
                                               “Dear Chairman Peterson: Contrary to your         planet, you are a disgrace to America, land
should learn a bit more about the amount of
                                               statement, organic consumers are among            of the FREE.(?)” Muscatine, IA
energy that it takes to feed this nation,
                                               the brightest, politically proactive, most
before you state that we are “dumb” for                                                          “Mr. Peterson, Wow! You're comment
                                               forward thinking people in the nation. We
making our choices.” Berkeley, CA                                                                regarding organic and local produce was
                                               vote with our dollars to support industries
                                                                                                 pretty amazing! Commercially grown
"FYI: In this area Organic beef is about the   that implement environmentally friendly
                                                                                                 produce is full of pesticides that deplete our
same price as the crap contaminated with       and fair labor practices. The use of organic
                                                                                                 soil of all its natural nutrients, cause cancer,
the growth hormones, steroids and              alternatives to toxic chemicals for
                                                                                                 and wreak havoc on our estrogen levels.
antibiotics that are poisoning our country.    fertilization, insect control and food
                                                                                                 Maybe we can't all afford to pay more for
Thanks for the laugh!! You sound like one      production provides greater health, balance
                                                                                                 organic produce, but we make the sacrifice
of those idiots from the other party!!”        and nutrition and assures that future
                                                                                                 to try and live a healthier existence in this
Myrtle Beach, SC                               generations will benefit from an enriched
                                                                                                 toxic environment created by people whose
                                               earth with its natural biodiversity intact, and
“Your comment recently regarding                                                                 only concern is capital gain!! Remember
                                               which has not been denuded of its natural
spending on local and organic beef was                                                           when there was no name for organic
                                               properties through overuse and chemical
truly unbelievable. I am simply a consumer                                                       produce because everything was grown in
                                               inundation. It is abundantly clear that
and don't wish to feed my family factory                                                         Gods good earth the way it had intended to
                                               waiting for the government to exhibit some
farmed been injected with hormones, fed                                                          be? I don't! Organic farming is the ONLY
                                               common sense, political, economic or
beef fat, and a diet of corn that makes them                                                     way to grow. Companies like Monsanto are
                                               otherwise, is a waste of time. Current
sick (given they are intended to eat grass                                                       killing our children! Wake up!!” Monroe
                                               government support contrives to drive the
only). Maybe you should do a little more                                                         Twp, NJ
                                               consumer to unnatural (unhealthy)
research on the differences between beef
                                               alternatives by lying about content,              "I would like to tell you why people are
before you make comments that make you
                                               misrepresenting or omitting information           willing to pay two or three times as much
seem ill informed and not very intelligent.”
                                               about potentially harmful ingredients (such       for something that says 'organic' or 'local.'
“Organic Consumers are Smart, Not Dumb.        as GMO), and funding organizations whose          We do it for our health. The pesticides,
There IS a difference -- many, in fact --      primary goal focuses on immediate and             preservatives, and genetically modified
between conventionally grown food and          rapid profit regardless of negative health        organisms in conventional food are
organically grown food. We understand          and environmental impact, unfair labor            contributing to a health crisis in America.
Government tests have now shown that           practices, and the consequences to be born        We do it for the earth. The pesticides and
more food can be grown on the same             by the next seven generations. The FDA,           fertilizers used on conventional foods are
amount of land if it's grown organically.      originally designed to 'protect' the              polluting our earth and water supply. The
Also that organically grown food is more       consumer, is a joke. I suggest, sir, that you     genetically modified organisms are
nutritious. That's no news to us. We grow      expand your knowledge of the reasons              spreading genetic “pollution” around the
organically and have done so for almost 50     behind grassroots support of sustainable          country, mutating our precious plants. Most
years. The proof is in the eating. We          farming and energy. Otherwise, the 'dumb'         of all, we do it because we know you and
suggest you try eating some organic            supporters of earth friendly practices may        our other Representatives in Washington
produce yourself. Also we suggest that         decide you are obsolete.”                         are not representing our best interests. Our
                                                                                                 government is not looking out for our health
by adequately regulating the foods we              “Dear congressman Peterson, Thank you           insight. As a neighbor to MN, land of
consume. We are taking matters into our            for once again proving that our politicians     10,000 lakes, we are choking in the
own hands to control what we put into our          are not much more than the puppets of the       industrialized farm landscape with degraded
bodies, and our loved ones' bodies.”               corporations and big business interests that    water and air quality. Des Moines
                                                   contribute to their campaigns. I think your     waterworks treatment plant boasts the
“Wow! Talk about dumb! If you care
                                                   winning the award for dumbest quote of the      largest nitrate removal system in the world.
anything at all about your children and
                                                   week (congrats, btw) from the Organic           Children‟s asthma is increasing every year.
grandchildren, I urge you to get educated
                                                   Consumers Association is a reflection of        While many government officials hide
about what is sustainable, and what cannot
                                                   your philosophy, and who pads your              behind the notion we need more studies to
be sustained.”
                                                   pockets.” Seagrove, NC                          change production methods our children‟s
“I run an organization for people with                                                             health, recreation and quality of life decline.
                                                   “Dear Collin Peterson, As a life long
cancer (depressed immune systems) and am                                                           Life is not stopping to wait for study results.
                                                   Democrat I find your understanding of
chemically sensitive. To me, and to our                                                            The federal government should be
                                                   Organic foods and farming to be grossly
hundreds of thousands of constituents who                                                          supporting and celebrating the individuals
                                                   lacking! Please stop ALL price supports to
want healthier food, organic and local make                                                        and businesses that strive to maintain
                                                   ALL farmers! And, stop ALL price
sense. Our overly processed food supply                                                            quality and integrity to the production of
                                                   supports for ethanol! The feeds for my
has lost its taste, much of its nutrients and it                                                   foods. Environmental degradation has a
                                                   animals have gone up 70% in one year! A
shows in the health of our citizens.”                                                              price tag for all people. This is a non
                                                   concerned citizen!” Delhi, CO
                                                                                                   partisan issue. I continually scratch my head
“I am extremely disappointed in your
                                                   “Dear Mr. Peterson, While politicians may       at the finger pointing when we all suffer
attitude towards organic food. I think you
                                                   be lagging behind, consumers are beginning      from poor quality food, water and air. We
should do some research into residual                                                              are to congratulate you for the dumbest
                                                   to have a conscience. We are willing to pay
pesticides on food products, and the                                                               quote of the week. Instead I pine for your
                                                   more for organic and locally produced food
environmental impacts of large-scale non-
                                                   because we know it's better for our bodies      family and constituents. The crass nature
organic farming. An under-educated
                                                   and for our environment. We no longer can       and shortsightedness of your comment are
representative does our party little good.
                                                   feel good about buying pesticide-laden food     shallow and your grandchildren‟s children
Organic consumers are not dumb. We are                                                             that will have that ghostly comment in their
                                                   that has been trucked hundreds of miles
highly educated people. You were offensive                                                         closets. Good luck.” Des Moines, IA
                                                   from our homes when there are alternatives.
and rude. Please apologize and educate
                                                   I think it's disgraceful that these foods
yourself.”                                                                                         “If you consider me dumb because I don't
                                                   should be more expensive because it means
                                                                                                   want to buy contaminated, heavily
“Mr. Petersen, After reading your statement        that people struggling to make ends meet
                                                                                                   subsidized, unsustainably produced food so
about organic food consumers being                 cannot afford them. Instead they have fast
                                                                                                   be it. Think about where your food comes
“dumb” I can only say that I think your eyes       food restaurants on every corner in their
                                                                                                   from next time you're enjoying a hamburger
cannot see nor your ears hear anything I           neighborhoods offering 49 cent hamburgers
                                                                                                   that was potentially contaminated with e-
might say to explain why that statement is         due to the large subsidies given to the
                                                                                                   coli bacteria. Hamburger created from cows
not only offending but ridiculous. Perhaps         factory-farm meat and dairy industries.
                                                                                                   that are forced to eat corn because it is so
you are ready and able to count the number         Please enlighten yourself as to what your
                                                                                                   heavily subsidized by the government that
of people who will write objecting to your         constituents, and the rest of the country,
                                                                                                   factory farmers feed it to animals that are
un-informed statement.” Hot Springs                want.”
                                                                                                   not designed to eat it. Cows that have been
Village, AR
                                                   “Congratulations for getting the Organic        treated with hormones and antibiotics to
“Dear Rep. Peterson. Whoosh! How out of            Consumers Association award for the             fend off diseases created from eating a non-
touch are you, man? The only political             dumbest quote of the week. Due to               natural corn based diet. Food that has been
people who don't see the value of food             subsidizing mostly large agribusiness,          trucked across the country using
grown the healthy way don't have taste buds        organic, sustainable and local independently    unrenewable fossil fuels and emitting
and/or are in the back pockets of the              owned farms rely on selling their products      carbon dioxide. But why would you care
agriculture industry that feed Americans           at higher prices. Hence, those who are most     about that - you probably don't believe that
chemical soup with a smile. Those of us            concerned about the health of their fellow      global warming exists. Keep living in your
who can afford to eat healthy food will            man and the environment have no choice to       bubble, and I will keep on being “dumb” .
continue to support Organic foods and will         pay higher prices. The system is backwards.     Dumb in Maine”
fight to keep that label clean. You get a real     Lobbyists for big agribusiness are creating
                                                                                                    “The organic and local types are simply
dunce award for your “hallelujah”                  an environment where smaller farms and
                                                                                                   THINKING about the food they eat and this
comments calling those of us who believe           organic farmers are having a more difficult
                                                                                                   is reflected in their buying interest. Your
in caring for our own bodies and our planet        time swimming upstream. Lets return to a
                                                                                                   statement indicates a need for you to think a
as dumb. Duh!”                                     celebration of America's true hero, the small
                                                                                                   little more as well. The people you're
                                                   farmer. I encourage you to retract your
“You have never had a hyper child or been                                                          talking about VOTE and, given an
                                                   statement and recognize the importance of
chemical sensitive, have you. If you had,                                                          opportunity, will replace those congressmen
                                                   small farmers.”
you would know why so many of us require                                                           who OK continued direct payments to fat
unchemical laden products. Shame on you            “Dear Mr. Peterson, As a parent and mother      cat large farmers.” Houston, TX”
for calling us dumb! You need to do your           of four children I find your statement
                                                                                                   “Please step in front of a mirror when you
homework and see what some of the side-            concerning local food and price appalling,
                                                                                                   call someone 'dumb'.” Sullivan, ME
effects of chemicals are.”                         offensive and startlingly full of lack of
“Clearly you can see the hypocrisy in your      “Dear Chair Peterson, Were organic               the old saying, “You get what you pay for”
comment. Organic Consumers are those of         agriculture to displace conventional             applies when it comes to organic. And
us that do our research and understand the      farming, it would cause a reduction of 70%       whether or not Congress sees fit to help the
implications of government and Monsanto         in greenhouse gases, according to the Rodal      organic industry, wouldn't it behoove you to
intervention into farming!” Austin, TX          Report. Conventional agriculture has had         investigate this sector that has a steady
                                                the effect of producing bee colony collapse      growth rate and commitment to quality?”
"Dear Collin Peterson: Why do people pay
                                                - a large portion of our food supply depends     Redding, CA
more for local food? One, because they
                                                on the health of bees. Furthermore, the
want to support their community. Two,                                                            “I think YOU are the leading candidate for
                                                theory that the current epidemic not only in
because they understand that it doesn't                                                          the clear and present danger of stupidity
                                                autism, but in a number of other mental
make sense to spend money and waste                                                              with your flip remark about organic foods.
                                                disorders in children is due to newly
energy to send a carrot across the country if                                                    Apparently you love the hormones and
                                                available funding, and “shift in diagnoses”
you can grow one locally. And three,                                                             antibiotics in your meat and in and on your
                                                has been proven to be false - these mental
perhaps they enjoy living and raising their                                                      produce. Clearly, they have gone to your
                                                problems are due to organic injuries or
children in a community with farms, for                                                          head.” Gulf Breeze, FL
                                                developmental abnormalities induced by
aesthetic or other reasons. I personally
                                                something in the environment. Could it be        “As a consumer of organic food, I am quite
would much rather live near farms than near
                                                the neurotoxic pesticides? Hmm. Dumb             distressed by the federal governments lack
shopping plazas. Why do people pay more
                                                persons and the persons who want to              of funding and disregard for such practices.
for organic food? Because they've read up
                                                control global warming, protect the food         Instead, large scale factory farms are
on the subject, they've read about endocrine
                                                supply and avoid brain damage in their           implanted across our once pristine
disruptors, they've read about links between
                                                children are two different kinds of persons.”    landscape poisoning our groundwater, our
pesticides and behavioral problems in
                                                                                                 fields and our people...and those like you
children, brain development, and other          “It is not “dumb” (perhaps you meant to say
                                                                                                 continue to help destroy our land. I choose
issues. They aren't willing to take a chance    “foolish” ) to vote with their dollars for
                                                                                                 organics because I don't want cancerous
with their children's health, or their own.     agricultural methods which are beneficial
                                                                                                 pesticides and herbicides decimating our
You really need to be more educated on this     for both the environment as well as their
                                                                                                 natural world and eventually reformulating
subject. If people are paying more for          own health, let alone the improved flavor
                                                                                                 in our bodies as CANCER. Thanks for
something, there are reasons. Wake up. It's     and thus pleasure of eating organic produce.
                                                                                                 nothing. (By the way, I vote Democrat.)”
called voting with your dollar. Ipwich MA”      It is possible that you simply have not yet
                                                had the opportunity to learn the distinction     “Rep Collin Peterson I am a native Iowan -
 “Mr. Peterson, I strongly urge you to take a
                                                between conventional and organic. Please         28 years. I have lived in Oregon for an
step back from the podium and think about
                                                do so before making such harsh and               additional 26 - I am a rural person. Farming
the comment you made about organic and
                                                uninformed statements.”                          is not what it was when we were children. I
local food. Even Consumer Reports has
                                                                                                 can remember farmers spreading manure on
agreed that some products are worth the         “Honorable Representative Peterson, Even
                                                                                                 their fields. Now they spread cancer causing
extra money. In light of all the recalls        though it may seem “dumb” for consumers
                                                                                                 chemicals. Some of us don't want to ingest
today, most recently the recall of child's      to pay 2 to 3 times the going price for
                                                                                                 food raised like this, nor animals that stand
cold medications, I do believe the FDA and      organic or “local” labels for beef and other
                                                                                                 in a containment building or feedlot in their
USDA are not quite as trustworthy as we         produce, there must be a reason for it. I
                                                                                                 own waste all day and need antibiotics just
are led to believe. Therefore, the logical      don‟t always buy organic products, but
                                                                                                 to survive. That's why we eat organic. It is
conclusion is that consuming products that      occasionally I do. This is because I like the
                                                                                                 very simple. We want to eat food from
have less pesticides and being able to meet     fact that pesticides, hormones, and non-
                                                                                                 nature, not corporations. Food is for
the person you buy the food from should be      sustainable practices were not utilized when
                                                                                                 nutrition, not corporate profits, regardless of
safer. I think it is quite frightening that     producing these products, and that they
                                                                                                 nutritional quality or safety. Think about
someone in your position could make such        were produced locally. Sometimes I will
                                                                                                 transfats introduced in the 70s to prolong
a closed minded, blanket, need I say            pay the extra money, depending on what it
                                                                                                 shelf life. Now we know they clog our
STUPID comment. You should be ashamed           is. So, please support these products
                                                                                                 arteries. As a representative of a farm/rural
of yourself.”                                   whenever possible. Thank you very much
                                                                                                 state and chair of the House Agriculture
                                                for your important work in the House of
“Sir: Do you really believe it's dumb to buy                                                     Committee, I urge you to educate regarding
                                                Representatives.” Maplewood, MN
local? Better to use up a lot of petroleum                                                       organic farming and our food supply..”
transporting vegetables from California to      “Dear Rep. Peterson: I read your recent
                                                                                                 “I am a cancer survivor and organic food is
Maine? THAT'S what's pretty dumb in my          quote regarding the “dumb-ness” of people
                                                                                                 keeping me healthy. In the two years that I
book. And doesn't the Agriculture               paying more for organic produce and other
                                                                                                 have been eating organic food, my constant
Committee believe in supporting farm            organic products. I have to say that this was
                                                                                                 headaches have gone away, my seasonal
products and farmers in their own states?       an extremely uninformed comment, and a
                                                                                                 allergies that have bothered me most of my
What kind of farm support do you call           very surprising one from someone entrusted
                                                                                                 adult life have disappeared, I no longer get
that?” Belfast, ME                              with educating himself about how best to
                                                                                                 colds and sinus infections. My family is
                                                protect the quality and safety of agriculture
“Your comment about organic consumers                                                            also reaping the benefits of good quality
                                                in this country. I would strongly
was really DUMB. Organic products are                                                            food. I'm glad I don't live in your district,
                                                recommend that you find out WHY people
free of pesticides, have more vitamins and                                                       unfortunately you serve in a position that
                                                feel it's important to buy organic, especially
do not pollute the environment as factory                                                        affects me and my family.” West Grove, PA
                                                during this time of countless recalls and e-
farms do.”
                                                coli outbreaks. You just might discover that
“Supporting local farmers certainly doesn't       money and it will be for the small farmer         current crisis and health issues at hand. You
make me or anyone else dumb. how do we            who farms in a sustainable way and is part        are right about one thing, that we should not
ensure good quality, availability and keep        of their community. Until there is a balance      have to pay extra to have the chemicals and
farms local to keep development from              between the big federally subsided mono-          additives removed from our food. A wave is
becoming rampant in states like mine. I           cropping, chemical-using farms and small          crossing the country and it is clear we need
think you would be smarter to spend some          sustainable farmers and until people like         a change from the status quo, a new guard
time educating yourself to the true issues of     yourself no longer hold this office I am          that will fight to protect the right of
agriculture in this country and part of that is   more than willing to pay the higher price         individual Americans.” North Haven, CT
not blatant support of factory farms but          for sustainable produce and meat. I am also
                                                                                                    “Thanks for being a jerk.” Staten Island,
keeping individuals in business for the           proud to teach about it to the next seven
safety and health of your constituents and        generations to come.”
the other citizens of this country sincerely”                                                       “Mr. Collin Peterson, I am sorry that you
                                                  “I can't believe you really believe the
Bordentown, NJ                                                                                      are unaware of the health risks of eating
                                                  statement you made about eating organic
                                                                                                    food that is contaminated with pesticides,
“Dear Dumb Congressman, I am very                 and/or local. That is just too stupid!”
                                                                                                    herbicides, antibiotics, hormones and other
pleased that someone in Washington has
                                                  “Dear Congressman Peterson: It's a shame          things that are hazardous to human cells.
finally outlined where they stand on the
                                                  you choose to insult people who actively          The health risks include such a vast array
issue of organic consumers and agriculture.
                                                  promote a different, more healthy and             from food intolerances, to migraines, to
By labeling myself and others as dumb to
                                                  sustainable way of producing food. I              Multiple Sclerosis to infertility to cancer
pay more money for fresh, nontoxic food,
                                                  suppose you believe that anybody who              and many diseases in between. I understand
indeed you may be doing a little self
                                                  cares enough to take the time to make             that you would not want to believe that it is
reflecting on your own behalf. PS The
                                                  informed choices is a simpleton. Why go           possible that it is legal to poison our food
Europeans are way ahead of us on this
                                                  through the trouble and expense when              supply and that we are forced to pay
topic. That's why they won't allow the
                                                  agribusiness will take care of all your           EXTRA for food that is not poisoned. I
importation of some American food
                                                  thinking for you? Your efforts to derail any      agree - it should be illegal to poison food
products. Another reason why it would be
                                                  substantive reform in this year's farm bill       and then we would not need labels such as
helpful for you to understand this issue..”
                                                  are a disgrace. We may be fools, but at least     Organic that cost more, our food would be
Humble, TX
                                                  we have integrity and an active desire to         grown and processed in a healthy way by
“Ignorance is bliss right? If you don't know      make the future better. You, on the other         all growers, farmers and ranchers. I am
what's in it, it must be ok to eat? is it         hand, have what you want: the undying             sorry that you put your foot in your mouth
DUMB to search out foods that have not            gratitude and campaign contributions of the       and called people “dumb” when you
been poisoned by pesticides or genetically        farm lobby. Congratulations!” Santa               actually had no idea what you were talking
modified? If so, then you go right ahead and      Monica, CA                                        about. That is very foolish. We are all
keep getting the results you've always been                                                         human however and have all misspoke a
                                                  “I read of your remarks about organic
getting. Your children and grandchildren                                                            time or two. I hope that you will apologize
                                                  farmers not needing help. In order to
will pay the price of your generations                                                              to those people who are more educated
                                                  compete with heavily subsidized
stupidity. Now THAT'S DUMB!!!”                                                                      about Organic than yourself, and also
                                                  agribusiness, organic farmers need all the
                                                                                                    forgive yourself for speaking from
“I do not agree that buying local and             help they can get. Your characterizing
                                                                                                    ignorance and therefore coming across
organic food is dumb. Organic farmers             people who pay more for organic foods as
                                                                                                    offensively. Also, being that you are a
respect the land and their neighbors. The         dumb is extremely insulting to those of us
                                                                                                    Chairperson for the House Agriculture
organic farmer to the north of my home            who care about what we put in our bodies.”
                                                                                                    Committee, I highly recommend
does not emit the same putrid odor that the
                                                  “Mr. Peterson, Your recent comments               researching the horrific effects of poisoning
farmer to the south does. There is question
                                                  regarding organic food are most                   our food - on the people and animals that
with a connection to the spread of e coli
                                                  unfortunate. As chairman of the agricultural      consume it, the people who grow it and
also.” Randolph Center, VT
                                                  committee, it is clear you do not understand      even the environment it is grown in. The
“Mr. Peterson, I am one of those “dumb”           the current crisis that confronts our country.    studies and evidence are overwhelming. It
people and I take offense to your words and       The toxic accumulation of chemicals,              is hard to face the ugly truth and you will
to your ignorance. Not only do I buy              fertilizers, and pollutants in our soil, water,   find things that you do not want to find, but
sustainable and local foods from my local         and air is affecting every American. Each of      then you will have the evidence you need to
farmers market, I also teach at a elementary      us knows someone with cancer. The                 change the state of things and create a
school in our Life Lab Science garden and         “Western Diet” has been a well documented         healthier cleaner world for so many people.
since reading your quote I am even more           cause of hypertension, diabetes, and cardiac      Thank you for your time.” Bellingham, WA
thankful that I have this job. I'm teaching       disease. The way we produce food needs to
                                                                                                    “If a person is “dumb” because they choose
our young kids to ignore uninformed,              change. Each and every one of these
                                                                                                    to support local farms/businesses, as well as
ignorant people such as yourself and to           chemicals ends up in our air and water
                                                                                                    reduce the negative impact of
appreciate where their food comes from.           supply and back into our homes. We are all
                                                                                                    “conventional” farming on the environment
They are learning the difference between          frustrated with the current political climate.
                                                                                                    and human health, then I am proud to be
local farming and big agribusiness (factory       We want individuals who are protecting our
                                                                                                    “dumb” . If organic farming had the same
farming). These will be the next generation       rights to clean water and food, not the status
                                                                                                    government subsidies that “conventional”
that will fight corporations, and people such     quo of protecting “big business” . We need
                                                                                                    farming does, there wouldn't be such a
as yourself. They will vote with their            individuals who are educated about the
                                                                                                    difference in the pricing. I think it's exciting
that so many people are getting “dumber”         fresh? We spend less on food in this            congratulations - it should get the award for
and joining the local/organic movement.”         country than any other industrialized nation    the dumbest statement of the month.”
Maple Valley, WA                                 and we have the health problems and
                                                                                                 “Dear House Agriculture Committee Chair
                                                 obesity to show for it!”
“Colin Peterson, You need to get in touch                                                        Collin Peterson, Just after reading about
with reality on this issue. People are quite     “Dear Mr. Peterson, How did you get to be       Cargill's recall of ground beef, I read your
correctly and appropriately willing to pay       a congressman, let alone chairman of            quote about organic and grass-fed. I am
more for organic and local product. This is      agriculture? I don't know what companies        happy and healthy to be a “dumb”
much more that a food issue - it is all about    have paid you extra to say the things you       consumer of organic and local foods.”
health, sustainable farming practices, the       say, but I pay extra for Organic food so that   Fredonia, NY
environment, and restoration of the family       the farmers are healthier, not having to use
                                                                                                 “Dear Collin Peterson: Congratulations on
farm. When big corporations become               pesticides, and so are the all the local
                                                                                                 receiving the dumbest quote award from the
involved in farming their only motivation is     people, flora and fauna. Buying locally also
                                                                                                 Organic Consumers Association! People
the bottom line profit, with little or no        reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the
                                                                                                 who have the intelligence to care about their
concern for the environment. With the            air, and I'll explain to you since you might
                                                                                                 health, eat organic and support the farmers
environment so in danger from chemicals,         have a hard time understanding, the more
                                                                                                 that produce these foods. It's unfortunate
over farming and the resulting pollution,        CO2 and other fumes from automobiles
                                                                                                 that the government, and leaders such as
these practices need to be discouraged.          there are, the more unhealthy we are, from
                                                                                                 yourself, are ruled by companies that could
Your denigration of those people who show        Asthma to Cancer. Just thought I'd share a
                                                                                                 care less about the public's health and are
a consciousness and concern for the food         little insight with you even though you
                                                                                                 only interested in their own profits. I urge
they consume and the environment has to          called me and millions of other good people
                                                                                                 you to support organic farmers!”
raise a serious doubt as to your fitness for     dumb. Oakland, CA
the position you hold. You need to change                                                        “Not only is truly organically grown food
                                                 “Dear Mr. Peterson, Contrary to your
your thinking to reflect today‟s needs and                                                       healthier for human beings, it tastes a hell
                                                 opinion, organic consumers understand that
attitudes, or let someone else who is more                                                       of a lot better than what Monsanto does for
                                                 when they buy organic or local produce
in tune with the times take over the                                                             food. You should try it and then you would
                                                 they are paying the complete price - all
position. You have to ask yourself who is                                                        see to it that the family farms who grow
                                                 costs included. And they are getting
really the “dumb” person here”                                                                   organic food deserve more help than they
                                                 healthy, non-chemical, non-antibiotic food.
                                                                                                 are getting”
“I think it is a sad thing that our country's    The low-cost prices we pay for non-organic
Agriculture Committee chair does not have        foods is misleading, because it doesn't         “Agriculture is not some bottom level, get it
a greater knowledge of the benefits of           include all the cost. Our antibiotic, hormone   done any old way business. It produces the
supporting local and organic farmers. It         laden foods are producing super-bugs like       food we eat. Far be it from me to
strengthens communities, decreases use of        MRSA, and causing children's puberty to         understand why anyone would be willing to
fossil fuels, enriches the health of our soil,   start years younger. Do your research           eat food produced without regard for the
brings neighbors together, brings people         before your spout your opinion and show         way it is grown. But if people are dumb
closer to their food source, supports            your ignorance. We live in the 21st century     enough to eat that stuff then hallelujah.”
sustainable systems, etc. And what do we         - get with the times! Sincerely,” Brenham,      Northborough, MA
get from large government subsidized             TX
                                                                                                 “Congratulations, Mr. Peterson, for so
monoculture “farms” (there should be a
                                                 “When consumers are educated as to the          effectively demonstrating your utter and
new name for such examples of
                                                 benefits of eating organic food, I believe      complete ignorance with respect to organic
conventional agriculture, as they in no way
                                                 organic will become a more common               foods and free-range/grass-fed poultry and
resemble the farms consumers think they
                                                 choice, and we can rely on organic being        beef. Firstly, the difference in price between
are) ? We get cheap food - but really what
                                                 the norm and pesticide laden food               standard and organic food is usually less
is the true price of that? We pay for it
                                                 becoming the alternative. I treasure the few    than 10%; sometimes, organic food actually
through depleted soil health and
                                                 months in the summer, where I get to grow       costs LESS than the standard equivalent.
compromised personal health because of
                                                 my tomatoes, peppers, carrots and herbs in      Secondly, regardless of the difference in
pesticides and pollution from agricultural
                                                 my pesticide-free garden.” Savage, MN           price, organic food (not just food labeled
runoff, as well as an enormous waste of
                                                                                                 organic, but food that was actually
fossil fuels used in the process of growing      “Far better to keep your mouth shut and be
                                                                                                 produced using organic standards) does not
produce and livestock in such a way that         thought a fool, than to open it and remove
                                                                                                 contain the harmful toxic ingredients that
depends upon petroleum for pesticides, fuel,     all doubt.” Southwest Harbor, ME
feed, and transportation over 100s or 1000s                                                      standard food does, nor is organic food
                                                  “Dear Mr. Peterson: Congratulations on         produced with toxic pesticides, harmful
of miles. So some may argue it really is
                                                 receiving Organic Consumers Association         antibiotics or any genetically
much more expensive than keeping your
                                                 award for the dumbest quote of the week. It     modified/engineered organisms. In case you
food locals local and purchasing
                                                 seems that you need to re-educate yourself      aren't aware, all of those things -- toxic
wholesome, fresh foods for our families. It
certainly isn't a government concern that        on the health benefits of organic and local     ingredients, toxic pesticides, harmful
those who cannot afford such foods will be       produce. This just might decrease the high      antibiotics and genetically modified
                                                 cost of health care by allowing people to       organisms -- are all detrimental to human
left out - if that were the case the
                                                 have healthy food with nutritional value and    health. Indeed, based on your statement
government would be subsidizing those
                                                 not the empty, chemical infested foods that     about people being “dumb enough to pay”
people's food spending and not huge
                                                 our government not only condones, but           for organic food, and considering the fact
agriculture. What is dumb about eating
                                                 subsidizes so the rich can get richer. Again,   that organic food does NOT cost 2-3 times
as much as non-organic food, combined          and how our body absorbs and deals with         society, not to mention that buying local
with the fact that standard, non-organic       whatever we put in it or that the               food not only supports farmers in my state,
food contains toxic ingredients and is         government puts chemicals in the air to         but eliminates the carbon footprint of travel
produced with toxic pesticides, harmful        weaken our immune systems. Yea, you             needed to get to market. What were you
antibiotics and often contain or incorporate   don't know about that right although why        thinking making such careless comment?
genetically modified organisms, I and any      would I want to call you dumb?                  From one of your dumb people from
other reasonable person could rightly          INGNORANT YES. At least you won an              Minnesota!” Minneapolis, MN
conclude that you are dumb for not             award for your very smart quote by trying
                                                                                               “Hey Collin, When your sick in the hospital
knowing these facts, as well as for making     to put others down when you are the one
                                                                                               and can't figure out why, remember organic
such ridiculous statements in light of these   who is ignorant. Oh that award is the
                                                                                               food didn't help you stay healthy. I haven't
facts. Perhaps you should take the time to     Organic Consumers Association award for
                                                                                               been to the doctor in more than 10 years.
properly educate yourself regarding organic    the dumbest quote of the week. Since you
                                                                                               How about you?”
food, as well as grass-fed beef and free-      are so un-dumb I'm sure it is obvious to you
range poultry before making statements that    why you won that award and if not you           “Dear Sir, It is unfortunate that, in your
are patently false and so demonstrative of     probably won't ever get it. I just can't        position as the chair of the agriculture
your undeniable ignorance. Considering         believe my ears and it always amazes me at      committee, that you do not realize the
that you are the chair of the House            what comes out of a person's mouth, like        health and ecological benefits that come
Agricultural Committee, I would've             your self, has such arrogance. The              from organic agriculture practices. At a
expected you to know this stuff already.       degrading part on the other hand I actually     time where the country's physical and
The fact that you do not already know this,    get it since I realize the likes of you are     environmental health is failing, I hope that
despite being the chair of the House           very selfish and all about the money with       you will take the time to educate yourself
Agricultural Committee, is cause for great     no real respect for others and need to put      on this issue--for the sake of your own
concern, and completely undermines my          other down to feel better about your self       health, the health of the country's children,
confidence in your leadership capabilities.”   and don't deal your own issues. That is like    and the health of our planet. As a political
West Hollywood, CA                             the bully on the school yard or this            leader, the country looks to you to make
                                               administration. It will always boggle my        sound decisions regarding the future of our
“Dear Rep. Peterson, it is very narrow
                                               mind. Have a good day sir.” La Puente, CA       country, and organic farming will help to
minded of you to make such an ignorant
                                                                                               ensure a safe and healthy future. Thank you
statement ,that buying organic is dumb.        “Dear Congressman Peterson, Thanks for
                                                                                               for your time.” Washington, DC
Guess who the dummy is. I will continue        considering us consumers of organic foods
buying local or organic especially for my 4    to be dumb--or that it's beneath your level     “Perhaps you're not aware that conventional
year old grandson. I was in the apple          of understanding. You did study agriculture     farming is poisoning the planet, and
business for years and understand the          as well as public relations and nutrition       poisoning your children and grandchildren.
effects of using herbicides and pesticides.    before you made that statement, yes? Or did     Organic farming has different priorities.
More tax dollar should be spent to promote     you just open your mouth and say the first      Lots of love, Joey.” Miami, FL
organic farming. Even our lame duck            thing that came to an empty mind? I hope
                                                                                               “It's saddens me that someone in your
President prefers organic food .Probably the   your farmer constituents vote you out of
                                                                                               position is so uneducated in the difference
smartest thing he does. Maybe your next        office. You don't deserve the role of
                                                                                               of grass feed healthy beef and the
term the voters will vote you out. Have an     leadership. And we grow organic foods for
Organic.”                                      our health here at our Alabama farm.”           alternative. The term 'dumb' does not apply
                                               Boaz, AL                                        to those who buy the beef it applies to those
“We pay expensive prices because there are                                                     that don't.”
no healthy, inexpensive alternatives. The      “Congratulations for getting the Organic
                                                                                               “How one can be so colossally ignorant of
US gov't continues to prop up corporate        Consumers Association award for the
                                                                                               organics is beyond me. So uneducated. Do
factory farming regardless of consumer         dumbest quote of the week. I appreciate
preferences.”                                  being referred to as dumb, “if people are       you like being perceived as such?” Port
                                               dumb enough to pay that much then               Orchard, WA
“Please take some time to educate yourself
                                               hallelujah” Hampstead, MD                       “Dear Mr. Peterson: I guess you would
on organic food, as well as learning about
                                                                                               think that it is “dumb” for people to pay
pesticides and the harm they can do both to    "DUMB?!!!F U. You APPEAR to be the
                                                                                               more for organic food. However, there have
the environment and people. Thank you.”        stupid idiot, but I suspect differently. I
                                                                                               been numerous studies which say that
                                               believe you are an Illuminati/Nazi traitor to
“I don't appreciate being called dumb by                                                       organic is better for us and the earth. If we
                                               humanity, doing your part to implement the
someone who doesn't have even the                                                              continue to grow food with endless amounts
                                               agenda of the slavery/destruction of
slightest concept of environmental                                                             of pesticides, this earth will become
                                               humanity, as decreed by the
stewardship.” Whitmore Lake, MI                                                                unlivable.”
                                               CFR/TLC/Bilderberg Luciferian scum.
“Dear Mr. Peterson, Well I have to admit       Prove me wrong...”                              “In response to your comment: I do not
how ironic it is about what your said “Far                                                     consider myself “dumb” for spending more
                                               “Hey Mr. Smartie Pants, Grassfed beef and
be it from me to understand what that's                                                        money on food that will not poison me
                                               organic and local food beats the heck out of
about,” which I take it you don't even know                                                    through consumption like conventional,
                                               eating food produced in China or boxed
what dumb means for you to call people                                                         non-organic food. I eat food that is
                                               hamburgers. Grassfed beef contains
who pay more for better nutrition dumb?                                                        organically grown less than 100 miles from
                                               conjugated linoleic acid, which is really
I'm willing to bet you don't even understand                                                   my home, delivered in a bio-diesel fueled
                                               good for eating up body fat in our obese
how the body works at the chemical level
truck. If more Americans could educate           “Mr. Collin Peterson, You insult a growing       with me the names of food products that
themselves instead of continuing to believe      number of Americans (possibly one in five        you personally purchase and a brief
the words of 'officials' who only have the       now) who believe that organic, local food is     explanation of why you choose to support
almighty dollar in their best interest,          better for people, better for local              those suppliers? I am also curious to know
perhaps we could stop polluting our planet,      economies, and easier on greenhouse gases        what the House Agriculture Committee is
our minds, bodies and spirits.”                  (with diminished need for transportation).       working on. Would you please send me
                                                 Our numbers will continue to keep growing,       information about the most pressing issues
“Buying organic and local is smart, not
                                                 and the major food markets know it. I say        that are facing your committee and any
dumb. It makes sense to buy produce that
                                                 Hallelujah if the smartest people in the         other materials you think would be of help
has not been sprayed with poisons and that
                                                 country are taking charge of their health by     to me in my desire to learn about how
is raised locally. Transport of produce adds
                                                 discarding old, processed, degraded,             decisions are made that affect the U.S. food
to our pollution and uses oil and gas for
                                                 bioengineered, nutrient-deficient food that      supply? I recently graduated with a
transportation. Cleaner air should be a
                                                 over time can cause a host of diseases well      Bachelor of Science degree from the
priority for government. And, the organic
                                                 known in developed countries, and they are       College of Business at Cardinal Stritch
farmers should be subsidized as long as our
                                                 only now spreading to developing countries       University (Magna Cum Laude). As an
taxpayer dollars are being used to subsidize
                                                 as they are seduced into a “modern” diet.        adult student, I am capable of
corporate farming and chemical companies.
                                                 People with good diets based on fresh food       comprehending university level material so
I can't believe that government can't use
                                                 grown without poisons, pesticides and            please do not be conservative with the level
logic when it comes to feeding Americans. I
                                                 inadequately-tested frankenfoods, do not         or quantity of information you provide. I
wonder who is really dumb.”
                                                 generally get the diseases that are dogging      have never received correspondence from
“More people are buying organic, local and       the health of American citizens which            someone practicing politics before so truly
grass fed beef because they care about the       causes health care costs to soar. We are         and sincerely, I look forward to your
health of their families and the                 healthy people taking charge of our own          response to my questions. I will hold my
environment, not because they are dumb.          health and the insurance companies are           congratulations to you for getting the
And anything that reduces our dependence         starting to reward us, as we need less           Organic Consumers Association award for
on foreign oil, like buying local should be      medical care. Nutritionists find that retarded   the “dumbest quote of the week” until I
viewed as intelligent if not downright           intelligence is linked to long-term nutrition    hear your reply. Thank you.” Oak Creek,
patriotic!” “Sequim, WA                          deficiencies. That is a fact. Follow the         WI
                                                 dollars from food, health, and medical
“I'm writing in regards to your statement                                                         “Dear Mr. Peterson, You just don't get it.
                                                 costs, and THEN tell me who is dumb. To
about organic beef. I'm insulted that you                                                         That point is obvious from your comment
                                                 your health” Seattle, WA
feel my decision to not want my children                                                          that organic consumers are dumb to spend
eating food that's pumped full of chemicals       “It is frightening that someone in such a       more money to buy food that is raised
is 'dumb'. I would love to not have to pay       position of leadership as yourself could be      without pesticides/humanely raised or that
more for grass fed cows. Perhaps if the          so incredibly uneducated and small minded        comes from local farmers. I would like to
government helped organic farmers I              as to make such a comment about the value        know what is stupid about paying more
wouldn't have to go bankrupt trying to keep      of an uncontaminated food source. Perhaps        money for food that is more nutritious
my children healthy. I could just send them      this will embarrass you enough to research       (there is plenty of research to show that, but
to McDonalds everyday and watch them             this vitally important avenue, and take          I am sure you wanted dare read it). I would
become obese. Then I could watch them            actions to stop funding the chemical and         like to know why wanting to support our
become a drain on our health insurance           genetically modified farming that is killing     local economy by buying from farmers in
system as they need constant treatment and       the American people, those to whom we            our area is stupid (I am sure the money you
operations for their poor health. I believe I    subject our gross “surplus” , wildlife on        get from big agribusiness makes you a fan
deserve an apology for your offensive            land and sea, and the very planet itself.        of doing away with small family owned
statement. I'd appreciate a response in          Please wake up and be responsible.”              farms). Please tell me why wanting to buy
regards to this matter. Thank you.” Jersey                                                        locally in attempts to minimize the negative
                                                 “Mr. Peterson: Have we met? No. So I must
City, NJ                                                                                          effects on the environment is a bad thing.
                                                 say, how dare you! For you to make such a
                                                                                                  As the chairman of the House agriculture
“The issue here is food quality, not             rude comment about my willingness and
                                                                                                  committee, you should understand these
quantity. There is also the matter of            desire to financially support local
                                                                                                  important issues and not just be a shill for
sustainability: techno pesticide farming isn't   businesses and make healthy choices about
                                                                                                  the huge corporations which are destroying
and organic farming is. Plus it's more           the food I eat is evidence of your lack of
                                                                                                  our family farms, hurting our food supply,
democratic to support the millions of small      knowledge and expertise in the areas of
                                                                                                  and forcing consumers to find better options
independent farmers than a few corporate         commerce and the benefits of real organic
                                                                                                  in organic/local foods. Do a little research
farmers, which is what recent farm bills         farming. I am insulted that you deem my
                                                                                                  and wake up.” San Jose, CA
have done. If you would consider                 support and choices as dumb. Mr. Peterson,
something that would benefit a greater           since you are the obvious expert in this         “We have poisoned ourselves with
number of people, please think about             situation, and I am sure there is an             antibiotics in animals and pesticides on
distributing funds to a greater number of        opportunity here for me to learn, would you      fruits and vegetables. The cancer you or
small farms and curtailing any and all           share with me your reasoning for not             your family will get, is from the crap you
funding for unsafe, unlabelled GMO crops.        supporting small businesses in my state.         have eaten. We are killing the human race
Thank you.”                                      And, please, tell me why you think I should      with poisons. Thank you for being another
                                                 not eat organic food. Would you also share       dumb politician.” Durham, NC
 “You have displayed a degree of ignorance        ME, an American citizen! What gets me is         “Dear Rep. Peterson, You do a discredit to
that creates a new low, even for                  that you are also A DEMOCRAT!!! I would          yourself and the people you supposedly
congressmen. We pay for a more pure and           expect this kind of stupidity from a             serve when you make stupid statements like
less chemical laden product.” Martinsburg,        republican but am dismayed that even the         the one reported. Organic practices are
WV                                                democrats of Minnesota are electing public       more expensive as well as much less
                                                  representatives who are so clueless as to        injurious to OUR ENVIRONMENT! Since
 “Mr. Peterson, You really should take a
                                                  make a statement of this magnitude. Find         that environment sustains Your life and
few moments to educate yourself on what
                                                  out why we choose to eat organically and         those of your loved ones as well it is only
organic means. It means no chemicals such
                                                  locally and then make a statement and            logical that WE ALL should do the least
as pesticides and it means no genetically
                                                  policy based on information not ignorance.”      damage to that environment. As a public
modified organisms and it means farming in
                                                                                                   servant, it is Your responsibility to be up to
a sustainable way. It is you that is ignorant     “The Senate Agriculture Committee
                                                                                                   speed, not sticking your head in the sand!”
if you are not aware that this is healthier for   approved its draft of the $300 billion 2007-
the human body and for the health of the          2012 Farm Bill last week. The 1300-page          “When you called consumers trying to help
planet and all forms of life. It is time to get   bill, now headed to the main Senate floor,       sustain their local economy 'dumb' for
with the times old man!” San Rafael, CA           includes, as usual, billions of dollars of       buying organic, locally grown produce you
                                                  taxpayer subsidies for chemical and energy-      simply revealed your own ignorance. If the
“Well Mr. Peterson, As a single person who
                                                  --intensive crops, factory farms, and junk       value of supporting sustainable farming
is scraping by week to week and is willing
                                                  food purveyors, while “nickel and dime-          practices has to be explained to you, you
to pay extra for organic and local food, I'll
                                                  ing” organic agriculture, conservation,          have no business being in office. One can
give you my reasons why. Organic food has
                                                  nutrition, and alternative energy programs.      only hope those same 'dumb' consumers
less in it that exacerbates my Multiple
                                                  This is the reason we're willing to pay more     will be smart enough not to reelect you.” La
Chemical Sensitivity. My digestive system
                                                  for organic foods. Because we HAVE to in         Conner, WA
does not react to genetically modified
                                                  order to ensure decent, clean, and
produce. My endocrine system is not                                                                “I have been a lifelong Democrat but I'm
                                                  wholesome foods for ourselves and our
negatively impacted by hormonally treated                                                          reaching the end of my patience with this
milk and dairy products. I by local goods as                                                       “do nothing constructive” party. I guess it's
much as possible as opposed to getting            "Sir, You are obviously uneducated re            time for me to eschew both major parties
“cheap” goods at a local Wal-Mart or other        agriculture, did not grow up with fine           and vote green or progressive. How anyone
big-box store. I consider it an investment in     produce, and should feed your family             can believe that synthetic chemicals are
my local community. I also pay extra for          industrial food.” Boulder Creek, DE              good for the body and organic products are
fair-trade items. I would rather my hard-                                                          not is beyond me. You might as well take
                                                  “Apparently Democrats and Republicans
earned money go to another hard worker                                                             the next step and publicly state that global
                                                  are equally ignorant of anything outside
getting more of a fair share of it than to                                                         warming is not influenced by mankind.”
                                                  their petty power struggle. Congrats on your
some sweatshop owner or someone killing
                                                  karmic retribution in advance!”                  “I'd like to congratulate you for getting the
the less privileged with chemical pollution.
                                                                                                   Organic Consumers Association award for
I hope that enlightens you to how dumb            “The rusting cold warriors have a hard time
                                                                                                   the dumbest quote of the week. You and a
your statement and views are! I also hope         understanding the word “sustainable”
                                                                                                   number of other members of the House and
that this new enlightenment might lead you        unless its attached to a government subsidy,
                                                                                                   Senate have little if any respect for the
to make a positive difference in your             but it is the dominant trend emerging from
                                                                                                   people you are supposed to represent. I will
representative position.” Springvale, ME          the bloody train wreck of post-WW2
                                                                                                   do everything in my power to replace you
                                                  empire building. Fundamentalist capitalism
“Please review the health facts of pesticide                                                       and your ilk with truly qualified people.”
                                                  has the same problems as any other
use. Thank you!” Issaquah, WA                                                                      Phoenixville, PA
                                                  fundamentalist ideology, it is, by definition,
“Historically, consumers have paid less for       out of touch with reality. Please, wake up!”     “Mr. Peterson As a Minnesotan I am
more pesticides in their food and                                                                  shamed by your recent comment that
                                                  “You just don't get it. Your just another
subsequently in their bodies. This added                                                           buying 'local' and/or 'organic' is 'dumb'. I'm
                                                  idiot who lied their way into office.” Dale
stress to the body leads to break down of                                                          sure the Minnesota farmers, that you
                                                  City, VA
various cells and it is part of the reason we                                                      purportedly represent, would be dismayed
have such high health care costs and loss of      “Mr. Peterson, People like me, who are           to hear that buying their products is dumb.”
productivity in this country. We need to          dumb enough to pay more for local and            Mpls, MN
give more thought to where these pesticides       organic food are willing to pay the actual
                                                                                                   “Please know that organic consumers are
and fertilizers are ending up - in our water,     cost of the food we want to eat. Because
                                                                                                   not dumb. Our govt has allowed Monsanto
in other animals such as fish. Are the long-      people like you have corrupted our food
                                                                                                   to pollute our food for years. Why? How in
term taxpayer costs really worth it? Beat         supply for the sole purpose of making profit
                                                                                                   the world did they get so much power? Are
wishes to you and your family,” Virginia          for big agra. The food you help supplying
                                                                                                   they supplying money to campaign funds?
Beach, VA                                         (in our name, God, can you look at yourself
                                                                                                   The large majority of Americans do not
                                                  in the mirror?) is making us sick, destroys
“WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!! You are an elected                                                              want genetically altered food, foods with
                                                  the environment and farming. Did you teach
official whose job is to be informed. This                                                         high fructose syrup, chemicals, etc. When
                                                  your children that they won't be able to eat
statement let's me know that you are not                                                           will you stop them? How disappointing to
                                                  the money you got bribed with after you die
keeping abreast of what's going on in an                                                           hear someone in your position calling a
                                                  of cancer?”
area in which you are supposed to have                                                             large number of Americans “dumb” .”
some knowledge so you can REPRESENT                                                                Irving, TX
“Dear Mr. Peterson, Congratulations for          buying locally and buying organic. And you        law and order, and otherwise conservative
receiving OCA‟s dumbest quote of the             must have your head REEEEELY deep in              by a whole host of measurements. So don't
week award. However, it really frightens         the sand to make quotes bashing the               chalk up my concern about chemicals and
me that you are that far out of touch as to      consumers that are paying your salary... oh       gene-splicing to just another Left Coast
why people are willing to pay more for           wait that's the big corporate farm paying         lunacy. By the way, I take the fact that
organic and/or locally grown food. Maybe         your salary... my mistake. We know it's too       COOL hasn't happened as evidence of the
if you take your head out of the asses of the    late to ask you to watch your actions, but at     corrupting cash flow that dictates such an
major agri-businesses, you might get a clue.     least act like a grown-up and watch your          anti-consumer stance. Blessings” Oxford,
These major companies do not care that           mouth.”                                           MS
they are poisoning our food, land and water,
                                                 “It is not dumb to want to eat hormone free       “Dear Rep. Peterson, I am one of those
as well as, driving small farmers out of
                                                 meat that has not been routinely fed              citizens dumb enough to pay more for
business. They also support the countries
                                                 antibiotics in a closed confined shed. It is      organic or locally grown food. I feel happy
problem of illegal immigrants. Wake up
                                                 not dumb to oppose agricultural practices         that I am paying for food that has been
dude! I don't want GMO chemical laden
                                                 that allow the antibiotic and hormone laced       sustainably grown, hasn't traveled
foods going in my body.”
                                                 feces to be injected into agricultural land       thousands of miles using expensive fuels,
“Dear Rep. Peterson, Your ignorance is           where the toxic waste leaks into the surface      and using petroleum-based fertilizers and
astounding. As an educated individual, it is     water by drain tiles in the field or percolates   pesticides that poison the environment and
clear to me that representatives such as         into the ground water we drink. What is           decrease the quality of the food. If you are
yourself have sold our country down the          dumb is government subsidies to large             happy supporting corporate farms and NOT
drain. Our food and environment is full of       corporations in the name of supporting            the small farmer, so be it. Don't assume you
chemicals and un-natural additives. It might     family farms. What is dumb is a farm bill         know everything until you've done more
be alright for you to expose your family to      that caters to corporate lobbyists by             research.”
cancer causing products, but personally I        including the requirement for all animals to
                                                                                                   "Dear Congressman Peterson, I have read
won't. You should be ashamed of yourself         have a chip implanted (NAIS). As the
                                                                                                   your comments about people who choose to
for your ignorant ranting. I am embarrassed      chairman of the House of Representatives
                                                                                                   consume local and organic food. I don't
that you represent our country.” Teaneck,        agricultural committee, I would expect you
                                                                                                   think these people are the “dumb” ones. If
NJ                                               to be more informed about agricultural
                                                                                                   you do not understand the benefits of
                                                 practices that are harming consumers.”
“It is important to understand the benefits of                                                     organic and local food consumption, you
organic - quality produce, free of toxic         “Thanks for calling Organic Consumers             are not well-informed about health issues,
chemicals, nutrients not compromised,            dumb for trying to keep ourselves healthy         environmental issues and principles of
friendly to the environment - a sustainable      and not put toxins in our body. Glad I do         sustainability. I have serious misgivings
approach to farming. Do you consider such        not live in your state.” Sachse, TX               about your ability to offer wise and
benefits devoid of value?”                                                                         effective leadership to the House Ag
                                                 “The foolishness of your remarks are
                                                                                                   Committee, and to act on behalf of the
“Mr. Peterson, Thank you for providing           shocking. When the USDA has enough
                                                                                                   health and concerns of the American people
further reason for citizens of the United        inspectors to eliminate all the antibiotics in
                                                                                                   you are paid to represent.” Columbus, OH
States of America to lose faith in the ability   animal feed, Mad Cow Disease and e.coli
of congress to do the right thing. Your          bacteria, we won't need to worry.                 “Rep Collin Peterson, In attempting to
quote that paying more for quality               Meantime, Organic tastes better, and is a lot     assimilate the quote from
demonstrates a lack of understanding of the      SAFER!!”                                          Financial Times 10/17/07 and ascribed to
issue. People will pay more for local and                                                          you, several thoughts occurred to me: No
                                                 “Dear Rep. Peterson: You referred to
organic produce because it is healthier and                                                        one is willing to pay more for something
                                                 people who are willing to pay more for
less detrimental to the environment. The                                                           LABELED “organic” . But many, myself
                                                 organic food as “dumb.” I'm one of those
non-organic mass producing farms that you                                                          included, are willing to pay more for food
                                                 dumb people. First, I raise an organic
subsidize produce poor quality food that in                                                        that IS organic. Is that still dumb in your
                                                 garden without chemical fertilizers that
a large part contribute to the health crisis                                                       view? Of course now that there is a huge
                                                 pollute the Mississippi River and create the
facing our nation. A diet rich in raw fruits                                                       market, there will be companies that will
                                                 dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, and I
and vegetables would go a long ways                                                                take advantage and label pesticide,
                                                 appreciate commercial growers that don't
towards solving the health crisis. And,                                                            herbicide, steroid-laced and/or antibiotic-
                                                 contribute to this problem. Second, people
removing subsidies from the foods used to                                                          laden food with the “Organic” label. These
                                                 charged with a crime may be presumed
produce nutritionally poor food(corn syrup,                                                        companies should be prosecuted. Can I
                                                 innocent until proven guilty, but that's much
white sugar, etc.) would contribute to                                                             count on you to support prosecuting
                                                 too risky a policy to use with chemicals that
people seeking out other more healthy                                                              companies who engage in fraudulent
                                                 get used in massive amounts or with
foods, as they would then be comparably                                                            labeling? I sincerely look forward to your
                                                 biological technologies that blur the line
priced to the poor foods. Please reconsider                                                        response as soon as possible within your
                                                 between species -- even kingdoms -- in the
these factors before making any more                                                               schedule. Thank you,” Kihei, HI
                                                 name of commercial viability. If it's dumb
comments on the issue because comments
                                                 to have those concerns and to be willing to       “Congratulations on getting the Organic
like the one you made only make you look
                                                 voice those concerns with my money and            Consumers Association award for the
foolish.” Newport News, VA
                                                 my time, then count me as dumb. By the            dumbest quote of the week. It's quite
“You must have your head in the sand to be       way, I'm patriotic, pro-life, pro-marriage,       interesting that your comment reflects your
dumb enough to not know the advantages of        pro-security, pro-second amendment, pro-          ignorance on what “organic” means. I'm
disappointed that the agriculture committee     reason....preserving our natural health and      (when, in fact, I think you do) the
chair is clearly one-sided when it comes to     saving resources! Let alone supporting local     connection between eating dead, chemical
what consumers want. Being an intelligent       farmers and the local economy. Why should        laden “foods” and the ever-growing
person like myself, I choose NOT to eat         seasonal produce be shipped here from            incidence of chronic diseases. Healthier
foods grown with the use of pesticides and      Mexico when my local farmer grows it             choices are being offered in many places
chemicals that clearly “kills” the soil, the    down the road? What a needless waste of          now, for example, your local grocery store.
water, birds and other living creatures.        gasoline etc. There is such an                   Its not a fad, its common sense and its
                                                overwhelming demand for these products           catching on, big time. Also, its not that we
Please take a course in organic farming and
                                                farmers can't keep up. There would be very       want to pay that much more for healthier
then you will be enlightened as to why so
                                                little need for fed aid to farmers if            foods but that we understand it will be
many consumers are willing to pay more for
                                                politicians like yourself were more educated     much more costly to pay for being in ill
food grown organically. I would prefer that
                                                in the need for acceptable healthy food for      health in our later years. “An ounce of
all food would be grown organically! Thank
                                                our nation instead of the chemical-laden,        prevention is worth a pound of cure” . It
you,” Denver, CO
                                                genetically-altered junk-food grown today.       would be most helpful if you politicians
“Wow, Chairman Peterson, you truly sound        Maybe you can kill two birds with one            who are suppose to be elected by the
like the DUMBEST representative of the          stone. By supporting organic farmers, you        people, for the people, and of the people,
Agriculture Committee I've ever heard.          can resolve our nation's degenerative health     would do just that and stop being so self-
Shame on you and your lack of knowledge         crisis at the same time.” Williamsbay, WI        centered.” Elm Grove, WI
of the benefits of eating local and organic.
                                                “Buying organic food is far from “dumb.”         “Sir, The fact that you do not understand
Perhaps you need more education before
                                                What is “dumb” is that people are forced to      organic consumers does not give you the
putting your hoof in your mouth again...”
                                                pay two to three times as much for               right to criticize them. How much money
Makawao, HI
                                                chemical-free, sustainable food because the      and benefits have you received from
“Your comments about organic produce and        government and the organizations that            rewarding non-sustainable interests? Tell
locally produced food shows either your         represent it (FDA) put the concerns of           me you haven't and perhaps I can revise my
ignorance or your support of large              business and economics ahead of health           opinion of your actions and comments.”
agribusiness at the expense of sustainable      issues.” Austin, TX
                                                                                                 “The people who purchase organic and
agriculture. You are truly a dinosaur in your
                                                “It is beyond me how you would be so             local food are incredibly intelligent. It is
thinking. The American people deserve an
                                                willing to alienate a vast percentage of your    unfortunate that you don't know enough to
Ag Chair that is more visionary and forward
                                                constituents by making such an obviously         realize that. If you took the time to learn
thinking. It is clearly not you.” Redondo
                                                uneducated remark! I expected that you, as       more about organic and local farming you
Beach, CA
                                                a member of the agricultural committee,          would understand it's importance.”
“Mr. Peterson, “dumb” would be more             would have at least made an elementary-
                                                                                                 “Dear Congressman Peterson, I am one of
appropriately applied to your comment           level attempt at educating yourself about
                                                                                                 those “dumb” consumers who invests in my
about people being willing to pay more for      organic products before inserting your foot
                                                                                                 family's health by buying organic foods. Let
food free of dangerous additives and which      so far into your mouth.” Granite Bay, CA
                                                                                                 me list the reasons I “waste” my money on
has not had to be transported long distances,
                                                “Mr. Peterson, I have small children and I       these products: 1. Research has shown that
thus saving on our very scarce fuel
                                                prefer to give them food and milk grown          foods grown organically contain
resources than to those of us who are the
                                                organically where possible. Organic food is      significantly more vitamins, minerals, and
wise consumers buying organic locally.
                                                grown without spraying pesticides on it          other micronutrients. 2.Beef raised
However, I must say that your comment IS
                                                while it is growing. (or food the cows,          organically does not contain artificial
most appropriate for an appointee of this
                                                hence organic milk) You may say that it is       hormones which can contribute to weight
administration. And, God forbid, that the
                                                dumb to pay more for this type of food, but      gain nor antibiotics, which can cause
small organic farmer should get any help
                                                think about it, do you really want to eat or     sensitivities and allergies from exposure.
with his/her costs of growing food.”
                                                feed your grandchildren chemicals?? I don't      Antibiotics' wholesale use in animals also
Flagstaff, AZ
                                                believe all of the chemicals 'wash off'. Do a    contributes to the development of “super
“Organic farming prevents farm workers          little research...I think you will be a happy    bugs” which are resistant to drugs. Further,
from getting cancer, makes the soil better      that you did. :) Draper, UT                      organic methods are more humane for the
for the long run, and keeps poison out of                                                        animals and allow them to enjoy some
                                                “If the USDA were doing its job and
our water. And it tastes way better. Local                                                       quality of life before their slaughter. 3. Eggs
                                                inspecting our food (all of it, not 1% or less
food is great because it helps my local                                                          produced organically contain higher levels
                                                as it currently does), I wouldn't feel
economy and cuts down on the nation                                                              of vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids. 4.
                                                compelled to pay 2-3 times as much for the
spending an insane amount of money on                                                            Organic farming practices conserve soil,
                                                safe and healthy food.”
fuel to ship food all across creation. I buy                                                     reducing topsoil loss and contributing to
organic and local food as much as possible      “Mr. Peterson, There are quite a few of us       better crops in times of drought. They also
and never pay more than twice the amount        out there who care about the consequences        prevent toxic chemicals from entering our
for it. For me, it's totally worth it.”         to our health that comes from eating man-        fresh water sources. These commonly used
                                                manipulated foods that in some ingenious         herbicides and pesticides have been shown
“Congressman Peterson: Just for future
                                                way promote sickness and produce profits         to cause developmental delays, learning
info, consumers are willing to pay the price
                                                for Big Corporations, Big Pharma being just      disabilities, miscarriages, cancers,
for excellent sources of food, be it local,
                                                one of them. Quite frankly, I am rather          immunosuppression, hormonal disruption,
organic, etc., for a very good
                                                insulted that you don't seem to understand       and neuron damage in humans. They are
also responsible for deaths and birth defects     should also suggest that you took the time        from the House the next time you stand for
in fish, amphibians, and reptiles exposed to      to join the Organic Consumers Association,        re-election! - No doubt you will then
them. I personally want to keep these             and subscribe to Organic Bytes, the twice         revolve into some agribusiness lobbying job
animals around, as they help control insect       monthly newsletter. There one might learn         where you will continue to do more damage
pests such as mosquitoes. 5. Locally grown        about these issues that you are seemingly         to America, but, thank God, not as much as
food reduces the use of oil for                   having trouble to comprehend. Lastly sir, in      you're doing now!” New York, NY
transportation and is fiscally and                all seriousness, to whom is more deserving
                                                                                                    “Dear Mr. Peterson, Do you think about
environmentally more responsible. 6. These        the title “dumb” ? Consumers making
                                                                                                    what you are going to say before it comes
farmers must depend on the higher prices          intelligent choices, or the chairman of a
                                                                                                    out of your mouth?”
because our government will not do its part       committee who freely admits “For whatever
to support their superior methods of              reason” and “far be it from me to                 “Congratulations for getting the Organic
agriculture. 7. Last but not least, organically   understand” ???” Richmond, CA                     Consumers Association award for the
grown food has SUPERIOR TASTE! Now,                                                                 dumbest quote of the week. As a registered
                                                  “I understand that you made a comment
perhaps, you can explain to me why                                                                  nurse who is also an oncology certified
                                                  about organic produce, grass-fed beef and
Congress is “dumb” enough to pour billions                                                          nurse (OCN), I know that cancer is caused
                                                  local foods that most people who care about
of dollars into the pockets of large                                                                by the chemicals and hormones put into our
                                                  what they eat find ridiculous. I find it hard
agribusinesses whose practices poison our                                                           food. I GLADLY pay more for organic
                                                  to believe that you actually said something
water, torture animals, cause untold damage                                                         produce (I don't eat meat, even organic)
                                                  negative about organic produce and worse
to our health and environment, and are                                                              because I know that my risk of disease is
                                                  that you called me dumb. Please tell me that
gradually depleting and destroying the                                                              decreased by eating food that is true to
                                                  your quote was taken out of context?
topsoil of our great “breadbasket.”                                                                 nature, not from an industrialized farm with
                                                  Otherwise, the rest of us are missing
                                                                                                    chemicals. Congrats on your narrow
“Dear Congressman Peterson, I don't               something here- we're supposed to enjoy
                                                                                                    thinking.” Little Rock, AR
understand why eating pesticide-, herbicide-      pesticides and added growth hormones and
, and GMO-free produce is “dumb.” The             we should give these things to our young          “Dear Rep Peterson; It is amazing that you
current industrial process of using millions      children and feel good about it-is that right?    sit on the Agriculture Committee and know
of pounds of chemicals is unsustainable in        Are you calling the people who are                nothing about why people buy organic and
the long term and is perpetuated for the          educated about the foods they consume             local food. You could do a much better job
short-term profits of a few companies. Have       dumb? Shame on you!” Honolulu, HI                 and improve the lives of Americans if you
you tasted organic produce before? So,                                                              took the time to educate yourself and talk to
                                                  “Your point, that it's just plain stupid to pay
congratulations for getting the Organic                                                             Organic Consumers to find out why. We are
                                                  more than you need to for anything, is well
Consumers Association award for the                                                                 willing to pay extra to help keep the
                                                  taken. I guess it's like why pay all that
dumbest quote of the week.” Portland, OR                                                            momentum for SUSTAINABLE
                                                  money to doctors and pharmacists when
                                                                                                    Agriculture alive. We can't continue to
“Dear Sir: Having had the opportunity to          you can get medical care and home
                                                                                                    sustain the growing population with huge
read your comments about the market               remedies from Gypsies for half the cost or
                                                                                                    factory farms using huge amounts of
prices for organic and local foods, one can       less. Hallelujah Brother!”
                                                                                                    resources and polluting the environment
only conclude that you are either 1)
                                                  “Peterson, you really do suffer from the          with pesticides. States are already
extremely ignorant and near-sighted in
                                                  same ignorant hubris that bush and the rest       scrambling for water rights and losing
regards to fundamentals of organic land
                                                  of the cabal ruining our country are              wildlife species. You need to look long
management and the related benefits to
                                                  exhibiting. You political miscreants are not      term and at the big picture. What will you
society, or b) you are simply a lackey for
                                                  representing my country in any way shape          do for your kids and grandkids and all of
“big” intensive agriculture. It frightens me
                                                  or form. It is only a matter of time before       the future generations of Americans? Please
that such a limited person even holds public
                                                  you g.m. modified food munchers begin to          stand up and do what is right for America!!
office, let a lone being a Chairperson. Your
                                                  transform genetically into something              Otherwise, you are the one that is dumb.”
comment was a disgrace and frankly
                                                  preposterous,, oh sorry you lot already           Minneapolis, MN
deserves an apology.” Danby, VT
                                                  have!!!” Santa Barbara, CA
                                                                                                    “Dear Representative Peterson, Regarding
“Dear sir: I want to congratulate you for
                                                  "You're the dumb one, and you're closed           consumers of organic products being dumb,
getting the Organic Consumers Association
                                                  minded. If you can't understand why               I would suggest that you do some additional
award for the dumbest quote of the week. It
                                                  consumers are willing to pay for better food      research.”
shows you do not have the smarts to do
                                                  and a better environment, it's because you
your job.”                                                                                          “Mr. Peterson, I am torn between the desire
                                                  have chosen ignorance over facts.”
                                                                                                    to applaud your honesty and my chagrin at
“Representative Peterson, Your recent
                                                  "Dear Mr. Peterson, Organic consumers are         your recent retraction. You can't candy coat
comments to the Financial Times are
                                                  ethical consumers. Can you understand             manure and change what you said. It is
shocking in their ignorance. I would
                                                  ethics? Or are you too dumb?”                     always refreshing to hear a bureaucrat make
strongly suggest to you sir, that as chairman
                                                                                                    an honest statement. As an organic farmer
of the House of Representatives agricultural      ““Far be it from me to understand what
                                                                                                    for over 20 years I know just how much,
committee, one should trouble himself to          that's about” ??? and you are chairman of
                                                                                                    rather how little support the USDA and
understand the reasons thoughtful and             the HR agriculture committee ??? - tell me
                                                                                                    congress has given to organic agriculture.
intelligent people are willing to pay more        what is THAT'S about? You make he
                                                                                                    You are so reliant upon the corporate-big-
for healthy food.Is there any more wiser an       ashamed to be an American! I can only
                                                                                                    chemical-ag pipeline for support that you
investment than in one's own health? I            hope that you will be defeated and gone
                                                                                                    can't see the forest for the trees. I would not
expect you to be a visionary nor even             “Dear Mr. Peterson, Are Americans                for quality products and sustainable, non-
interested in anything so tedious as small        becoming healthier? We are the fattest           toxic farming is worth it. You'll ultimately
family farmers. You inhabit the halls of          country. Could we focused on nutrition and       be paying more in the form of disease,
congress. I begin to think that that puts you     not on “dumb” decisions/laws that favor the      depriving your children of a thriving natural
as far away from the American people as it        private sector and not the people of US.         world, and universal justice. What goes
is possible to get on the planet. So, when        Read, eat healthy and enjoy health, if not       around DOES come around. Take care of
you make an honest statement, at least have       for yourself at least for the future             your world, and yourself, for everyone's
the balls to stand by it and don't insult our     generations like your grandsons. That is         sake.” Charlottesville, VA
intelligence by trying to make nice. At least     your responsibility.”
                                                                                                   “. . . and people thought “Forest Gump”
we now know another impediment we have
                                                  “Regarding your comment about people             was dumb! In England, children do not
to surmount to be able to provide
                                                  being dumb enough to pay more for local or       have ADD or ADHD ~ why? easy! No food
wholesome, nutritious, and delicious food
                                                  organic food--I don't even know what to          preservatives and no high fructose corn
to the people we grow for. Too bad you
                                                  say, the obvious would be that that is a         syrup. I buy organic because I am allergic
can't be recalled like the tainted chunk of
                                                  dumb statement. It's pretty simple, I'm          to sugar substitutes, high fructose corn
meat you are.” Montague, NJ
                                                  willing to do what it takes to help insure the   syrup, and a lot of preservatives. I plant a
“Maybe you enjoy filling you and your             health and well being of the planet, myself,     garden and am planning to raise chickens
family with pesticides, herbicides,               and my community. I think buying local is        fed only organic grains. NO WONDER we
antibiotics, and chemicals, and then also         most important, and the taste of food that       lead the world in obese people. Please sir,
wonder why there is so much disease               hasn't been transported across the country is    work to clean up our food and call me if
happening to younger and younger people. I        far superior to anything you can buy grown       you need any good quotes!” Leslie, MI
suggest you read more about what this             by conventional means these days. Have
                                                                                                   “Dear Representative Peterson As a
country's food supply is doing to the             you eaten tomatoes in the grocery store
                                                                                                   consumer that pays more for organic food, I
average American.” Novi, MI                       lately? It's like eating sand. Expand your
                                                                                                   want to share with you that their value lies
                                                  eating horizons, it'll be good!” Austin, TX
“If you don't start doing something now                                                            in my peace of mind. I'm confident that the
about organic farming and eliminate               “Dear Chairman Peterson: Buying organic          food I'm purchasing from locally producing
pesticides, then you've seen the last of the      and locally grown produce is good for the        organic farms is something me and my
bees. You've been warned.”                        environment and the economy. You should          children can consume without fear. The
                                                  be promoting and supporting it not               food is grown with high standards so I don't
“It's ignorant to not support true organics
                                                  criticizing it.”                                 need to worry about washing off
and local products. Apparently you don't
                                                                                                   carcinogenic sprays and pesticides, or gmo
mind the pesticides, artificial fertilizers and   “A ridiculously ignorant comment.”
                                                                                                   foods that may cause intestinal problems
other chemicals that eat away the health of       Washington, DC
                                                                                                   and effect my children‟s allergies because I
every cell in your body over time... and
                                                  “Mr. Peterson, Before uninformed,                don't know what it has been modified by.
maybe you aren't blessed with young
                                                  inconsiderate and greedy people like             These local organic foods won't be recalled.
children or grandchildren. If you were,
                                                  yourself started tampering with animals and      And if my children are the future and I want
you'd not want to risk another brain or
                                                  crops everything that was raised or grown        them to have a future, then it's my
nerve-altering chemical entering their
                                                  was organic. It took eons for humans to          responsibility to give them the best, even if
                                                  evolve to need to eat what people like you       it means spending more. A sick child is not
“I think that anyone presently working in         have perverted in a mere 100 years. It is not    worth a bigger bank account! Please,
Washington is dumb, particularly anyone           difficult to surmise whose pockets your          consider the children and support small
that thinks genetically engineered food and       hands are in.” Harwich, MA                       organic farms. Thank you.”
fertilizers are healthy, and I hope we get all
                                                  “Collin, Your ignorance, if it hasn't already,   “Apparently you are the one who is
the dummies out in November 08. In the
                                                  will result in sickness from eating              “dumb”, or perhaps ignorant is a better
meantime, you might try an experiment and
                                                  government funded and FDA approved               word to describe you. We pay more for
see how long it takes for a mouse fed only
                                                  chemically processed and pesticide laden         organic and local food because we care, and
genetically engineered food to die. Don't
                                                  foods. Humans are organic beings, they           apparently you don't. We care about the
experiment on us.”
                                                  become sick trying to assimilate inorganic       people who grow and harvest the food and
“Mr. Peterson, Organic consumers are not          ingredients into their systems. WAKE UP,         animals, about the water and soil, about the
dumb! We are buying organic and/or local          MAN!”                                            use of the earth's resources, and about the
food because we know the benefits that                                                             welfare of the animals on the farms.
                                                  “Such ignorance as yours indicated in the        Perhaps you should learn about the value of
decision has on both our bodies and our
                                                  recent statement you made is inexcusable.
environment. Supporting local farmers is                                                           organic farming before making such
                                                  For heaven's sake do some research on
the better choice as it cuts down on vehicle                                                       ignorant statements, especially since you
                                                  organic farming and it's health benefits as
emissions, helps your local economy, and in                                                        are the chairman of the Agriculture
                                                  well as benefits to our earth. Remember,
the end you as a consumer are eating                                                               Committee. I'm embarrassed that a
                                                  don't comment on something you obviously         Democrat would make such an ignorant
fresher produce than something that's been
                                                  know nothing about. And you're on the            statement; I would expect it from a
sitting on a truck and in a refrigerator for
                                                  agricultural committee???????” Carver, MA
days! Get your facts straight please!” St.                                                         Republican.” Carrizozo, NM
Charles, IL                                       “Dear Sir, I don't know what world you're
                                                                                                   “Rep. Peterson should ask himself why it is
                                                  living in, but in my world “paying extra”
                                                                                                   that the organic food market is growing so
fast -- maybe His Cleverness has missed         same way that agribusiness is supported. It's    “Wow, I'm disappointed that my family is
something here? As a scientist, I know the      a travesty to think that this is not the case.   from the great state of Minnesota. I'll have
difference between evidence and hype, and       What are you people in Washington                to tell my grandmother not to vote for you
I eat organic.” Chapel Hill, NC                 thinking? Cincinnati OH                          anymore. It's any wonder I'm a member of
                                                                                                 the Green Party with Democrats saying
“Congrats on getting the dumbest quote of       “Congratulations for receiving the Organic
                                                                                                 things like you did. Very sad.”
the week!! Organic food is only more            Consumers Association's Dumbest Quote of
expensive because of massive subsidies          the Week Award! You have proved, once            Not wanting to increase my chances for
given to industrial oil-based food              again, how far out of touch the Democratic       cancer or mad cow disease is dumb?
production in the US which is highly            party is with the majority of the American       Where's the beef?
UNsustainable and WILL fail. All we eat is      people. By the way- most registered
                                                                                                 “Mr. Peterson, I buy organic, and I'm not
in the US is genetically modified CORN,         Democrats are the people “dumb enough”
                                                                                                 dumb. I'm actually more educated about this
wheat, and soybeans. For every 1 calorie of     to seek locally grown and organic produce.
                                                                                                 topic than you apparently are. Why don't
food energy at least 15 calories of fossil      Maybe you don't mind your food coming
                                                                                                 you take the time to meet and visit with
fuels went into producing it! Now THAT'S        from a far off land with no regulations, but
                                                                                                 some real organic farmers (not bogus
DUMB!!!!” Fennville, MI                         most of us “dumb people” prefer to know
                                                                                                 organic companies like Horizon, who are
                                                where our food comes from and how it is
“You comment about organic food                                                                  only in it for the 200 percent markup and
                                                grown, and YES- our health is worth the
consumers being “dumb” is extremely                                                              who don't really live by the organic
                                                extra price. Kudos to you for your award,
insensitive and rude. This means that you                                                        philosophy) and find out what it's all about?
                                                Mr. Peterson. Maybe it is time for you to
have very little understanding of what is                                                        Why don't you apologize to the millions of
                                                step back and re-evaluate your position on
happening in your own area. You should                                                           organic consumers like me, who were
                                                organic and local produce.” Belton, TX
apologize.”                                                                                      offended by your tone-deaf comment, and
                                                “I am one of the “dumb” people who buy           who buy organic produce because we don't
“I am incredulous that someone in your
                                                organic food. I am only 64 years old, but        want to feed our kids toxic pesticides and
position is so clearly and obviously ignorant
                                                several of my nonagenarian friends in North      artificial hormones and who buy local
about the connection between how and
                                                Carolina have been doing it for over 30          because we want to support small farms,
where our food is grown and the health and
                                                years. I can assure you that any higher cost     minimize our carbon footprint, and leave
well-being of the people who eat it. OR you
                                                for organic food is marginal (never two to       this earth a better place than we found it.
are so motivated by the almighty $ that you
                                                three times), and by shopping local organic      You clearly represent the corporate
really don't care about the welfare of the
                                                farmer's markets and flea markets,               agribusiness interests. I guess it's too much
people you are supposed to be representing.
                                                frequently it is less expensive. Finally, I      to expect that you might understand why
You need to get your head out of the sand
                                                challenge you to fund a toxin accumulation       organic (true organic, not faux USDA
and join the 21st century. The huge agri-
                                                and tissue impacts study program                 organic) is important to some people.
business corporations actually WILL NOT
                                                comparing the livers and other organs of         Shame on you. Shame on you.” Jackson
RULE THE WORLD, in spite of people
                                                persons who have existed on organic diets        Heights, NY”
like you who have been duped and paid off
                                                for at least three decades against those who
by them.”                                                                                        “Dear Mr. Peterson: Congratulations to you
                                                have not, such as yourself.”
                                                                                                 for getting the Organic Consumers
“How can you sit on the agriculture
                                                “Excuse me, your ignorance is showing. I'm       Association award for the dumbest quote of
committee when you apparently don't know
                                                one of those “dumb” consumers who will           the week. Contrary to your opinion, we are
the first thing about real farming????”
                                                pay more for locally grown and organic           intelligent consumers who value our health.
Punta Gorda, FL
                                                food. I'm a 51 year old woman who has            We don't want to eat food laced with
“Obviously you are so uninformed. It might      been “dumb” like this for about 30 years.        genetically mutated growth hormones and
be a good idea to educate yourself before       Food that is grown without pesticides is         other insidious chemicals. You are a
opening your mouth with an opinion.”            healthier - for me, for the farmers, for the     disgrace to the Democratic party.
                                                birds and the bees. If I buy food that is        Remember: Tis better to be silent and
“Dear Mr. Peterson: Excuse me?!? I guess I      grown locally, I am supporting farmers in        thought a fool then speak and remove all
am one of the “dumb” consumers willing to
                                                my area so that when it becomes completely       doubt. You have certainly removed all
pay for organic, locally grown food. I
                                                impractical to ship food across the country      doubt.” Trenton, NJ
believe, for a variety of substantiated
                                                or around the world (and I believe it will),
reasons, that it is better for me, for my                                                        “I can't believe your comments came out of
                                                there will be farmers in my area. I consider
community and for this planet. It is a sad                                                       the mouth of a Democrat! Wise up!”
                                                every purchase of organic or locally grown
day that people in the position of power        food a vote with my dollar for the kind of       “The only thing dumb regarding organic
such as yourself, would not be able to
                                                agriculture that makes the most sense for        practices are the statements coming out of
understand the importance of local
                                                our health and for the health of our planet.     the Bush administration. Fortunately, at this
communities being self-sufficient, of our
                                                It's unfortunate that someone so short-          point in time the bush administration is
air, soil and water, not to mention our
                                                sighted is chairing the House Agricultural       ignored.”
bodies, being free from unnecessary and         Committee. It's really not that complicated.
toxic chemicals. It would be wonderful if       I think if you spent a little time studying      “So does it make more sense for people to
this farm bill would support those small                                                         want to spend their hard earned money on
                                                this issue, you might be able to positively
farmers, the heart and soul of our                                                               cheap food products made with artificial
                                                impact national farm policy.”
community and country, who provide us                                                            ingredients? Way to go Mr. Peterson!”
with sustenance be supported at least in the                                                     Newport News, VA
“Dear Mr. Collin Peterson, While I may not       “I really resent you calling Organic and          consumers such as myself are not dumb.
mean anything to someone in your position,       local consumers dumb. I don't buy organic         Many local and organic products do not
being that I live outside of your voting         and local products just because they say          cost 2-3 times more then conventional
consortium - it is this “old school”             'organic' or 'local'. I buy organic products      foods. I submit to paying a few cents more
mentality that comments like yours makes         because they don't use harmful fertilizers        for my families food for reasons of quality
me proud to be a product of a newer and          and pesticides which harm the environment         and health. I'd prefer to spend a bit more
improved generation. I look forward to the       and the animals including insects in them         today, then suffer health problems and
day that true progress takes it's seat in        and because they do not genetically modify        spend thousands of dollars in doctor bills
politics and the rest of the country can         anything. I buy local because it supports         later, because our health has suffered due to
begin to move forward with better                local farmers and the products they make          eating chemical ridden foods, processed
nutritional information, products, and           are much higher quality then the non local        foods. I urge you to please do some more
values. Please, do us all a favor and retire -   products. I would rather have a tomato that       research by reading about the positive
or better yet, read the ingredients of the       is fresh off the vine as opposed to a green       impact these products have on our health
packaged and over-processed foods you eat,       tomato that has been artificially ripened off     and society at large, as well as engaging in
and then read the ingredients in organic         season that is significantly inferior in taste.   a dialog with consumers about these topics.
foods. Perhaps you'll learn more than the        Consumers who buy non-organic or non-             Be Well” New York, NY
bottom line of your grocery bill. Our            local foods are the “ignorant” ones not
                                                                                                   “I thought people from Minnesota were
country was founded on the belief that           organic or local consumers. Actually non
                                                                                                   more informed than those from the South.
people have choices, options, and                organic consumers are more “uninformed”
                                                                                                   You are one stupid idiot. Uninformed and
alternatives - it's a shame you never learned    than anything else. If people knew what
                                                                                                   most likely a dirty politician on the rolls of
to use that right properly and better your       they were eating - they would not buy it.”
                                                                                                   farm corporations. What a crooked moron
nutritional education. It's never too late to
                                                 “Dear Mr. Peterson, By being critical of          you are! You give MN a bad name. We
learn, I suggest you give it a try.” Chicago,
                                                 those of us who prefer our foods without          Texans hope you choke on your dirty
                                                 heavy doses of pesticides and hormones,           money. Dallas, TX
“You need to educate yourself before             you only demonstrate your own ignorance
                                                                                                   “You're absolutely correct, Mr. Peterson, I
saying something as stupid as you did!”          of the subject. God help us when we have
                                                                                                   am dumb: Dumb enough to believe we can
Sarasota, FL                                     folks like you involved with our food!”
                                                                                                   avoid poisoning our land and water, our
                                                 Wrightwood, CA
“It is unbelievable that the House                                                                 children and our country. Minnesota and the
Agriculture Committee Chair could be so          “Dear Mr. Peterson, I find it difficult to        world would be much better off if everyone
narrow minded and ignorant. Have you             believe that a man of your stature isn't up to    had dumb attitudes like that.”
never taken a step back to examine the true      date on the benefits of the organic
                                                                                                   “Dear Mr. Peterson: Time to educate
cost of food? It is hardly black and white       movement. When a child comes into this
                                                                                                   yourself on the benefits of eating organic
and strictly about the bottom line. Consider     world with 200 toxic residues in his/her
                                                                                                   foods to an individual's health, to the health
for a moment the energy costs, the damage        system, many of them from pesticides, then
                                                                                                   care system, to the environment and to the
to the soil, the ground water and air            I would encourage all potential mothers,
                                                                                                   economy in general.” Pinellas Park, FL
pollution, insustainability of large scale       children and adults that want to lead
commercial farming, and on top of all of         healthier lives to spend a little bit more        “It is quite evident that you definitely use
that, the government subsidies. “Cheap”          money on food. Organic foods and local            the same “learning resources” as the
food definitely has its costs. Add it all up     farming also reduces pollution that               President to get your information.”
and the costs become closer to “dumb”            contributes to global warming. Please read
                                                                                                   "We are not dumb, we care about where the
organic, local farming. As representative of     up on the many other reasons why this
                                                                                                   food comes from that we are putting into
the citizens of the United States take a         country needs to shift their focus from toxic
                                                                                                   our bodies, and we care about the impact
moment to look at the bigger picture. If you     food chain items and chemicals to natural,
can't muster the creative energy to truly        local produce. Perhaps you enjoy taking all       that growing that food has had on the
entertain another perspective, please do us      those medications and having to grow old          environment before it got to us. If only you
                                                                                                   and the other people in our congress were
all a favor and consider retirement because      visiting a doctors office several times a
                                                                                                   as “dumb” as we are, we might have some
your lack of insight is of no service to the     month. That's your prerogative but our
                                                                                                   significant changes made in the way this
consumers of this country. I don't mean to       children deserve better.”
                                                                                                   country (at least the government) is (not)
insult you, I only mean to challenge you to
                                                 “I'm willing to pay more for my health, but       handling climate change! You should all be
remove yourself from your position and
                                                 it's not fair. Scientific studies are showing     ashamed that the most significant changes
interests and truly and candidly look at the
                                                 that nutrients are higher in organic fruits       being made are by local governments and
food industry. Have a nice day.”
                                                 and vegetables. Not to mention they taste         individuals. We need leadership from the
"Dear Rep. Peterson: I think it is time you      better! Free-range animals make for tastier       federal government on this issue!”
tried to educate yourself so you can             meat too. Maybe if you tried it, you would
                                                                                                   “Dude! You should do a little homework.
understand what is important about buying        understand. Maybe you should be a little
organic and locally grown food. If it does       more open-minded.” Chicago, IL                    Do you have any idea how toxic the
cost more than other food (never two or                                                            average cow or pig or chicken is that is
                                                 “Dear Mr. Peterson, As a New York State           raised on a typical American farm?
three times), that is probably because it is
                                                 Licensed health care practitioner, an author      Antibiotics, growth hormones, stimulants,
not subsidized like other food.”
                                                 about healthy eating and an organic/ local        feed full of pesticides. Think about that the
                                                 foods consumer, I write to let you know that
next time you take a bite. Your ignorance is     those of you who don't choose to eat this        and local food. These foods, by the way,
stupefying!”                                     way are dumb for putting your health and         aren't just “labeled' organic and/or local,
                                                 the health of your families at risk. I will      they actually are organic/local. But hey, if
“Dr. Mr. Peterson, I am appalled that you
                                                 laugh at people like you when, down the          people are dumb enough to vote for that
would make such an ignorant statement
                                                 line, we start seeing genetic mutations and      guy, then I, too, say “Hallelujah” .”
regarding Americans buying organic food. I
                                                 horrible childhood diseases resulting from
grew up on a farm in Nebraska and now I                                                           “Mr. Peterson, I don't like having to pay
                                                 the contamination of our food supply.”
live on my own farm in Oregon. I left                                                             two or three times as much for food that I
                                                 Winter Park, FL
Nebraska because the chemicals used in the                                                        know does not contain anything harmful,
farm industry made me sick and I have            “paying more for local or organic food is        but I will. What I believe IS dumb, is that
watched it have an affect on so many             dumb?” What planet do you live on? How           there are people who do not care what they
people around me, unexplainable birth            can you have such disregard for our health       eat even if it means that they might get sick
defects and mysterious cancer in the very        and the health of our planet?” Grand             in some way from it, even if it takes years
young, middle-aged and elderly folks. It is      Rapids, MN                                       for it to develop. We are not meant to eat all
'dumb' that I have to pay a premium just to                                                       of the artificial junk that is put into food.
                                                 “Dear Colin Peterson, Why is it dumb to
insure that there are no chemical residues in                                                     That is not dumb, its smart.”
                                                 buy local and organic food? Why is it dumb
my food and the food my young children
                                                 to support farmers in our own community          “Congratulations for getting the Organic
eat. Less is more?? No matter how dumb it
                                                 or close by and to support farmers who are       Consumers Association award for the
seems to wealthy individuals who don't
                                                 not poisoning the land and our water supply      dumbest quote of the week. Your ignorance
have to worry where there next meal comes
                                                 with chemicals? I really don't understand        about the healthy and environmentally
from, many Americans support the organic
                                                 why you would say such a thing. Could you        responsible food production is just breath-
industry in order to indirectly minimize the
                                                 enlighten me on the meaning behind this          taking! Keep it up Collin.” Atlantic
use of chemicals on our land and to insure
                                                 remark? Why am I dumb because I care             Highlands, NJ
our health for the future. Think of the future
                                                 about reducing our country's dependence on
of our children and grandchildren, do you                                                         "You obviously have not suffered the pain
                                                 fossil fuels?” Portland, OR
think they will be able to remove these                                                           some of us experience from eating food
chemicals from the earth? Will they be           “If you still are curious about why people       containing synthetic chemical ingredients,
harmed while working with these                  are willing to spend more money for better       preservatives, pesticide residues, and even
chemicals? I would think that a man in your      quality food, please purchase and read “The      the toxics coming from various plastic
position would be more thoughtful and            Omnivore's Dilemma” by Michael Pollan.           wraps and containers.” Charleston, ME
educated on this crucial issue. I advise you     The book addresses the 'dilemma', or the
                                                                                                  Well congrats... your DUMB/STUPID
to talk with real farmers who supply food        answer to the question of “what do you
                                                                                                  statement about Organic food choices
locally to Americans (not food for making        want to eat for dinner?” . Following food
ethanol or soy oil) in order to find out what                                                     shows your lack of caring or understanding
                                                 from the laws that govern and subsidize its
truly are the problems in the farming                                                             that PESTICIDES are POISION for humans
                                                 growth, through the fields to the processing
                                                                                                  & the environment. How can you say that
industry. I am talking about growers of          plants, the book examines the hidden costs
                                                                                                  ORGANIC is a dumb choice? Would you
apples, spinach, oranges, cabbage,               of food - costs to society, to individuals and
                                                                                                  prefer to give PESTICIDES or
tomatoes, onions, potatoes; all of the things    to the land. This book may help you realize
                                                                                                  contaminated GMO food etc to your family
I either grow or purchase at a premium           the implications of your decisions which
                                                                                                  or Organic? Your typical of the
price in the organic section of the              you may not yet be aware of. Thank you”
supermarket. In order to afford these items I                                                     blindsighted corporate minded dumb
                                                 “Your comments regarding people's                politicians that make decisions in favor of
consume less clothing, paper towels, and
                                                 willingness to pay more for organic or local     big business and their greedy poisoning
other throw-away items. I can do these
                                                 food being “dumb” shows a sincere lack of        business in exchange for $$$$ from their
things and adjust my lifestyle because I am
SMART. Seaside, OR                               education on your part. Perhaps you could        lobbying cronies.” Santa Rosa, CA
                                                 better serve the people of our nation by
“It is beyond me how ignorant you can be                                                          “Dear Mr. Peterson, Your comments on the
                                                 researching the benefits of local and organic
                                                                                                  nature of organic consumers and those who
about organic foods! Are you living under a      food to the environment, to local
                                                                                                  buy local produce at substantial cost to
rock?” Prospect, CT                              economies, and to people's health. My 8th
                                                                                                  themselves speaks to your lack of
                                                 grade students understand the principles of
“Dear Collin, I guess that is dumb to pay                                                         understanding of both environmental and
                                                 sustainable agriculture better than a United
more not to eat pesticide-laden food, such                                                        ethical issues concerning food. As the chair
                                                 States government official. Perhaps NCLB
as strawberries and broccoli. It sure is dumb                                                     of the agricultural committee, I would
                                                 is working after all...” Edgewater, MD
to try to support small local farmers instead                                                     expect that you become a little more
of giant agro businesses. How stupid of          “Maybe you wouldn‟t think it so dumb if          informed about these issues.”
me!!” Chicago, IL“                               you took the time to learn what it means to
                                                                                                  “Dear Rep. Peterson, Check your facts
                                                 the people of America. I am glad you are
“Organic is better. Chemicals in our food                                                         about the difference between organic and
                                                 not in my area because you would not get
lead to illness down the road. Can you                                                            non-organic foods. Pesticides are
                                                 my vote.” Covina, CA
prove me wrong??”                                                                                 responsible for increases in cancer rates - to
                                                 “Dear Peterson, Far be it from me to             say the least. Remember DDT - once
“I hope you don't plan on having a long
                                                 understand why anyone would vote for a           believed to be safe. How long before we
political career if you're going to insult
                                                 guy who heads an Agricultural committee          learn that the pesticides we now use are just
those of us who make the conscious choice
                                                 yet is clueless about the benefits of organic
to eat healthy, chemical-free foods. I think
as deadly? Educate yourself before you             people who don't behave the way you feel           apparent understanding of the real world of
speak.” Naples, FL                                 they should. thank you.”                           health and food safety is what's truly
                                                                                                      “dumb” . People who choose not to fill their
“Far be it from me to imagine how someone          “Congressman Peterson, Regarding your
                                                                                                      bodies with garbage, and don't want to
supposedly intelligent could read all the          recent public statement admitting your
                                                                                                      support voodoo agriculture, are creating
data and come up with a conclusion that            inability to understand why consumers
                                                                                                      new markets beyond what you seem to
organic food is not worth the price. Also,         would be 'dumb enough' to purchase
                                                                                                      offer. Perhaps more education on your part
far be it from me to figure out why someone        locally-grown and/or organically-grown
                                                                                                      would allow you to catch up with those you
who is, again, supposedly intelligent, and         produce, as least you admitted you don't
                                                                                                      feel are “stupid?” Portland, OR
also a public representative could say             understand. But along with your ignorance
something so derogatory about people in            of the reason, did you have to qualify it by       “When interest in a topic is growing all
the US. Congratulations on your award!             insulting the intelligence of the consumers?       around you, perhaps it's something you
May you retire soon!” Ava, MO                      I'm glad I'm not a farmer from Minnesota           should learn more about. I suppose you still
                                                   and have a representative who can't fathom         think that people who believe in Global
“Mr. Peterson, Just when I think I can't hear
                                                   the benefit to me (as a farmer) provided by        Warming are dumb, too (if not, I'll put
anything more absurd from a politician, I
                                                   consumers who are 'dumb enough' to                 money on the fact that you once did). Your
read this quote from you. Consumers are
                                                   purchase my locally-grown produce. That            ignorance is showing, Sir. By making such
desperate to consume foods that are not
                                                   aside, if I were you, I'd be quite grateful        comments, it is definitely you who looks
genetically modified and sprayed with
                                                   there is a current writer's strike, because        dumb.” Wilmette, IL
toxins. We are FORCED to pay high prices
                                                   The Daily Show, which revels in idiotic
for foods that are healthier for us and our                                                           “I find it extremely disappointing that the
                                                   statements such as yours would devour it
families. We pinch pennies here and there,                                                            Chair of the House Agriculture Committee
                                                   and no doubt devote an entire segment;
to break out of the confines of 'average                                                              is too “dumb” to understand why
                                                   indeed labeled: The Dumbest Quote of The
American' life, to seek healthier alternatives                                                        individuals wouldn't want to eat foods laden
                                                   Week. Congratulations. I often wonder
in every way. Why are we being punished                                                               with pesticides or would prefer fresh/local
                                                   when people in public office make such
for thinking for ourselves? We are the ones                                                           produce.”
                                                   blatantly moronic and insulting statements,
costing the nation LESS in healthcare,
                                                   exactly how lon