Organic farming offers opportunities
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