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Mid America CropLife Association urges the Obamas to use pesticides in their organic garden

The Mid America CropLife Association sent a letter to Michelle Obama voicing its concern, amongst other things, that the American people cannot possibly have the time to grown their own food. A long-time detractor of organic food, Stephen Colbert is bang on in his analysis telling us what he would eat were he interested in consuming something that a hippy had picked. (Fast-forward to about 2 minutes in for the part about the White House organic garden.) Choice pickin's plucked from the MACA letter when you trowel beneath the fold.

We live in a very different world than that of our grandparents. Americans are juggling jobs with the needs of children and aging parents. The time needed to tend a garden is not there for the majority of our citizens, certainly not a garden of sufficient productivity to supply much of a family's year-round food needs....

As you go about planning and planting the White House garden, we respectfully encourage you to recognize the role conventional agriculture plays in the U.S in feeding the ever-increasing population, contributing to the U.S. economy and providing a safe and economical food supply. America's farmers understand crop protection technologies are supported by sound scientific research and innovation....

Sophisticated Global Positioning Systems can be specifically designed for spraying pesticides. A weed detector equipped with infrared light identifies specific plants by the different rates of light they reflect and then sends a signal to a pump to spray a preset amount of herbicide onto the weed....

The CropLife Ambassador Network offers educational programs for elementary school educators at http://ambassador.maca.org covering the science behind crop protection products and their contribution to sustainable agriculture. You may find our programs America's Abundance, Farmers Stewards of the Land and War of the Weeds of particular interest. We thank you for recognizing the importance and value of America's current agricultural technologies in feeding our country and contributing to the U.S economy.


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