Strict 'organic' emphasis ignores realities of Oregon agriculture (Jan. 19, 2022)
January 19, 2022
By Jami Cate
During a recent legislative hearing, House Speaker and gubernatorial candidate Tina Kotek told those of us serving on the House Committee on Economic Recovery and Prosperity that "organic" is a strong part of what it means to be Oregon.
This was offered up to justify a call for increased support for organic agriculture – a sector that makes up only 1.2% of Oregon's agricultural operations.
While I can easily agree that though small, organic is an important part of Oregon's agricultural sector, I know first-hand in being part of the other 98.8% of agricultural producers –...