Live Long & Prosper… Organically

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As I wait to see how Congress will set the future food and farming policies for this country, my attention shifts to the other side of the country where more than 130,000 people were focused on the future of the worlds. Which worlds? I’m not entirely sure. All I know is that super heroes, aliens and zombies convened in San Diego last week for Comic Con; where adults wear costumes and the City of San Diego puts up street signs in Klingon.

I have never been to Comic Con but I live with three past attendees. At dinner the other evening, we discussed how Star Trek has influenced and inspired today’s inventions; Captain Kirk’s Communicator became the flip phone, Captain Picard’s log book looks surprisingly similar to Apple’s iPad. One invention I hope we never see is the Replicator—a chilling synthesizer of meals on demand.

Loving to grow, cook and share meals, I was always leery of the Replicator. What were the raw materials used to create those meals? (Now that I think of it, none of the Star Trek episodes ever had the starship docking at some alien port to replenish their supply of fresh fruits, meats or vegetables). The only agrarian society I can recall from Star Trek was portrayed in the movie, Insurrection.

In the central coast of California, where I have a backyard organic garden, and prepare meals – garden to table, I am always pondering the future of food and farming. Despite the lag in Congress, I do see a bright and bountiful future for organic farming in this country and on this planet. And who knows, someday, we might find some highly advanced civilization in some distant solar system that sees the wisdom of planet-wide organic farming systems. In the meantime, I further commit to our mission for the highly advanced civilization on Earth that supports organic farmers.

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