Organic Feminism Part 2

I did some more digging. I found what was for me at least the missing link. Here it is:

Food, Farming … Feminism?
Why Going Organic Makes Good Sense

I had asserted that there was some control issue that was driving the seeming correlation between women (hence feminism) and what the writers of this piece at least honestly call The Organic Food Movement. But when I read the following quote I realized that the very worst of non sequiturs would be shamelessly deployed to create the faintest linkage between the movements, feminism and organic….lets call it Femganic….or….Organofem.

Every feminist, woman or man, who embraces equality and diversity and opposes violence and domination,should recognize that the foods we eat, and how they’re grown, matter to our environment and to our lives.

Pray tell, how the hell do you connect the two parts of that sentence? Someone break that down, take it up the ladder as we used to say.They answer that question, er, sort of, later in the article.

researchers reject the notion that it is an essential tendency to nurture or harmonize with nature that makes women opt for organic or sustainable farming. Yet the drive toward community — women’s skill in building relationships and the idea that “women make the connections” between food, land, health and future generations

It hurts my brain reading this. I feel like Ive been huffing low quality Round Up! like Weed B Gone or some other floor sweeping grade. Bad buzz.

But they got the power, and without a single roar (of tractors). Look at this company that just HAD TO go commercial after the movement broke out of the deadlock and tie dye community.

Veritable Vegetable. The nation’s oldest distributor of certified organic produce is women-owned and -managed, and as committed to a progressive workplace as it is to supporting organic food and farmers.

Founded in 1974 as a worker collective, VV (as it’s known) now rings up $22 million in annual sales. When it began, though, it supplied organic food within a small closed system of neighborhood co-ops and food clubs. Over time, as organic food moved out of an activist community and into mainstream society, the company decided to distribute to for-profit retail outlets as well.

Not top be accused of inequality…

VV also opened its staff to men as well as women. “The people we want to do business with are those who embrace the feminine part of themselves, for want of a better word,” says purchasing manager Bu Nygrens, who has been with the company more than two decades. “Those people are cooperative, creative, nurturing and not dominating. If a man comes to work here, he has to either want that kind of environment or give it a try, and we’ve been blessed with incredible men in our lives, on our staffs, and as farmers.”

I wondered where they got those people who stand on theor front stoop and pontificate about BP’s alternative energy programs, or the dude who is loading a reusable bag with some vegetables while saying how its good to “protect these” on the Conoco Phillips ad. Now I know.

If anyone doubts the religiosity, the COEXIST-ish feel to all of this, do some basic googling. Your organic bounty will start to glow with soft back light and you will hear a choral “ahhhhhhh”


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