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Agra-stupidity in Congress

by Staff


Tags: Organic, local foods, prices, House of Representatives, Farm Bill,

The Organic Consumers Association just awarded the dubious honor of “Dumbest Quote of the Week” to Minnesota’s Rep. Collin Peterson. As the chairman of the House of Representatives agricultural committee, Peterson was quoted in the Financial Times saying:

“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.”

Digging a bit deeper, nearly half of Peterson’s political contributions come from agribusiness, according to the political watchdog website Open Secrets. Coincidence? I think not.

You can send an email to Peterson through the Organic Consumers Association website, congratulating him on his award.

Bennett Gordon