Thank you for such a thoughtful response! I do think there is a lot of public debate and critism regarding GMOs — much of it is in conversations like we are having, but some at a much higher legislative level or among voters. All good.
The farmers I know (both conventional and organic) work for more than just profit. Farming is hard and as relentless as the tide (as you know too well) but it is the life farmers love and it is a connection to the land they love too.
All farmers need to be profitable to stay viable in farming, and the marketplace right now allows you charge a premium for organics — at least where I live. If it were my farm and I grew organics, I would charge what the market would bear, so I could reinvest in my farm. I don’t think there is any shame in that. Farming is cyclical and you need to save and be prepared for markets that aren’t as kind. Ecosun Prairie Farms in our area could not make a go of it and I think that is a shame — they are great people that worked very hard.
So, will you continue to grow crops this year even though you are not certified organic? Will you not be profitable with those crops this year? Then is it the case that you need to charge the premium in order to be profitable growing organics? Or is this a year of investments for you to change over. Or are there other circumstances that are affecting your farm? I sincerely hope that you are able to be successful with the farming path that you are so passionate about. And if the way you grow your crops means the price is the same at the store, then everyone benefits!
I think both sides can learn best practices from each other. We just need to be truthful about all of it, and keep in mind how blessed we are to be able to have these discussions. My best to you!