Or­ganic farm­ing of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I am re­mem­ber­ing my trip to Turkey last year. In par­tic­u­lar the fla­vor of the Cap­pado­cia-grown pro­duce and spices. Turkey has re­jected com­mer­cial agri­cul­ture and the av­er­age farm size is twelve acres. I be­lieve the taste can be at­trib­uted to the soil. Ni­tro­gen will in­crease the yield of crops but does it de­stroy the fla­vor and nu­tri­ents and worst of all, do ni­tro­gen and pes­ti­cides de­stroy the soil?

Peo­ple are will­ing to pay a pre­mium price for or­ganic crops. I be­lieve pot would be best grown by or­ganic farms which could be li­censed and in­spected and it would be a mixed farm crop to pro­vide suf­fi­cient in­come so farm­ers could form a co-op­er­a­tive and it could be­come one of the many food prod­ucts for which P.E.I. has a world rep­u­ta­tion of ex­cel­lence. The pros­per­ity from the le­gal­iza­tion should not be re­stricted to the profit and greed of cor­po­ra­tions but should be shared by the ac­tual work­ers of the land.

Let’s pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties in our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties so Is­land peo­ple and our im­mi­grants, many of whom come from agri­cul­tural back­grounds, can grow and pros­per and en­joy the pro­duce of na­ture and its abil­ity to pro­vide us with health, wealth and hap­pi­ness. Mar­ion E. MacCal­lum, Char­lot­te­town

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