Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), speaking to a reporter at the Financial Times:
For whatever reason, people are willing to pay two or three times as much for something that says 'organic' or 'local'. Far be it from me to understand what that's about, but that's reality. And if people are dumb enough to pay that much then hallelujah.
With all due respect Rep. Peterson, isn't it your job as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee to understand what the organic and local agriculture movement is all about? And shouldn't you show a bit more respect to the people who are making the organic food sector grow by between 17 and 21 percent each year since 1997, while overall U.S. food sales have grown at a rate of only 2 to 4 percent per year?
(Rep. Peterson's quote via FarmPolicy.com)