Monday, May 08, 2006


The picture accompanying this remedial oh-shit-you-mean-meat-comes-from- animals? article is particularly awesome because it shows Michael Pollan buying the extremely rare non-organic produce at the Berkeley Farmers Market.


Anonymous Tana said...

I know Round-Up is evil, but I know Will Brokaw is good folks, and I believe that the only chemicals he uses in growing his fruit is Round-up on the weeds.

I asked a farmer friend, Josh Thomas (Thomas Family Farm here in Aptos) if he would feed Will's avocados and citrus to his little girl, Lucy, and he said he certainly would, because you don't eat the peel. That's a good enough answer for me, honestly.

Wed May 10, 11:54:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mmw said...

Tana, I live on their avocados for most of the year. And as far as I know, it's nearly impossible to grow avocados organically. Citrus is tough too (there is some certified citrus in Berkeley, but it doesn't taste as good). Also, I was starting to think when I was researching this stuff that Roundup was more benign than a number of OMRI-approved sprays. [And if Roundup is all they're using, it's not likely to end up on the peel anyway (because you spray it on the ground). Considering the crops, I suspect some conventional fertilizer -- also unlikely to kill you -- is involved.]

This is why it's not ironic that Pollan's shopping at that booth: he was one of the first on the "local food whether or not organic" bandwagon.

The irony is that these issues appear not to have occurred to the Chron, which would have done better, had they been aware of them, to photograph them in front of, say, Swanton's or Maria Catalan's booth.

Thu May 11, 04:25:00 PM GMT  

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