“Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O, and on that farm he sprayed some crops, E-I-E-I-O, with some GMOs here and a pesticide there, here a spray there a spray, everywhere a spray spray?”
These bizarre lyrics are among other newly-created words to the beloved song. In a video by Only Organic, a consortium of organic producers, the song is turned into a dystopian vision juxtaposed with an unfeasible organic farming utopia. See the video here:
Scientist and food and agriculture writer Dr. Steve Savage addresses Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm founder and Only Organic spokesperson:
Sorry, Gary, but this depiction of mainstream farming is not “playful.” … It is a malicious distortion that demonizes the work of the small minority of citizens who still farm. It is designed to make consumers believe they must buy organic food to be safe and responsible. This is hate speech for profit! The indoctrination of the child actors only makes it more despicable.
Only a tiny fraction of rich world citizens have any direct knowledge of, or interaction with farming. Thus most people have no base of personal experience from which to assess the validity of the emotive images that are used in these manipulative campaigns. Anyone who has actually spent time on farms and interacting with farmers knows that real farming is nothing like what is portrayed.
Indeed, the New MacDonald vision is so extreme, and paints such a false dichotomy, even organic farmers took offense. My regular readers will know that I am staunchly pro-biotech, and have chosen to boycott the organic industry. This type of proselytizing has served to reinforce my position that the organic industry has no redeeming qualities in its current state. I stand by my stance that organic agriculture, especially if used exclusively, will fail to feed the world’s growing population and will squander the earth’s resources.
On Wednesday night, blogger Leah Segedie and Only Organic hosted a Twitter party to celebrate this new so-called movement. Farmers, scientists, science advocates, and writers were among those who did an excellent job of crashing the fallacious bash.
First, here are a couple representative tweets from the Only Organic “side.”
And here, some of my favorite Tweets opposing the New MacDonald movement.
Finally, some favorites from Yours Truly.
Long story short, this is just another confirmation of what I call The Myth of the Altruistic Organic Industry. Until next time….
Update: Here is a nice analysis of how hard we crashed that party from NODEXL.