Likening conventional agriculture and sustainable agriculture to two sons, Vilsack asserted that he loves both of his sons equally. “One of your sons is a bully,” Koons Garcia responded, noting that GE crops can contaminate non-GE crops, but that contamination is not a concern in the other direction.Also check out Schlosser’s piece about how pesticides affect more than just consumers and the environment:
After I wrote this post, I called the Safeway customer service line to request that they stock organic bread in my local store (where there currently don't carry any). The CSR was a friendly guy from Oklahoma who, coincidentally, grew up on a wheat farm. He didn't know much about organic food though and I filled him in. He said his old farm didn't use pesticides (there wasn't much need to), but they did use petroleum-based fertilizer. It was an interesting conversation.