|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M - Th 11p / 10c|
|Little Crop of Horrors|
Leave it to The Daily Show to tell what's up with the industry objections to Michelle Obama's organic garden. I had just read an interview with Michael Pollan on Amy Goodman's Democracy Now! about this very issue. Here's what he said:
Goodman: Michelle Obama’s organic garden, that the pesticide industry had in a memo that they shuddered when they heard her use the word?
Pollan: Yes. You know, I think her garden is actually a significant development. I mean, you can dismiss it as symbolic politics, but in fact symbols are important. And the word “organic” are fighting words in this—is a fighting word in this world. And she did not have to say it was an organic garden; she could have simply said it’s a garden. And that she did was noticed.
And the Crop Life Association, the trade group of the pesticide makers, wrote her a letter, being as cordial as you must be to a First Lady, saying, you know, “You’re really casting aspersions on industrial agriculture, and we really hope you will use our crop protection products.” In other words, “Buy our poisons, whether you need them or not.”