HOMEGROWN Life: The Scary Side of Sustainability

| 2/24/2012 1:52:56 PM

Tags: poultry, missouri, sustainability, organic certification, , Farm Aid and Homegrown.org,



I began February by finagling my way into the Missouri Organic Association conference, held earlier this month at Union Station. Justin was scheduled to be there to speak on a panel, and seeing that the day’s agenda consisted of several poultry-related lectures, I decided to tag along. 


The morning started off with a decent lecture on poultry operation, production, and marketing. After a midday break, lectures resumed, this time being led by a different fellow, on the subject of free-range, humane certified broiler production. I won’t mention the poor man’s name or the name of his farm, but my notes from his talk include gems such as, “this guy’s a total joke.” For HOMEGROWN’s sake, I’ll just refer to him as Sustainable Sam. 

Sustainable Sam started off explaining how organic certification inspectors look for potential hazards for birds to get injured like protruding nails and screws sticking out. He also said he’s required to have blinds in his “sheds” where passive bids can escape from hostile, aggressive birds. You see, it became quite clear moments into his lecture that Sustainable Sam packs quite a few birds into his sheds.

4/25/2012 9:39:23 PM

This article is just a hack job! If you had ever looked into getting an organic certification, you would understand much more of what was being talked about at this conference. Understand the term "Organic" is a wholly owned term by the Federal Government. As all government programs it comes with little sense and too many regulations, many of which are nearly impossible to comply with and several make even less sense. It cost a great deal of money to receive and Organic certification and what he stated about Whole Foods is entirely correct. Farming is about making money, that is how you pay the bills and stay in business. Doing a little bit of Hobby Farming and claiming to understand is just naive at best and foolish at worst!

Tonya Baumann
3/27/2012 4:12:14 AM

I could think of a few more names for "Sam"...Sustainable is much nicer than any I had in mind. Thanks for sharing this!

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