“Little Crop of Horrors,” or, How Can They Say This Stuff?
By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
Only in America would an industry dedicated to selling petroleum-based fertilizers, genetically modified seeds, and pesticides so safe you’re advised to put on a respirator before you apply them to your plants call what they advocate “conventional agriculture.”
Only in America would a lobbying organization representing this industry – an organization whose members include upstanding environmental citizens such as Monsanto and Dow – call itself the Mid America CropLife Association.
Only in America would such an organization launch a letter-writing campaign urging the President’s wife to spray poisons on the organic garden she and a group of schoolchildren started on the White House lawn.
And only in America would an organization that calls itself the American Council on Science and Health (funders, according to Politico, include Pepsico and Coke. Their use of high fructose corn syrup and the artificial sweetener aspartame is implicated in the proliferation of obesity and related ills, according to reams of laboratory research I’m currently plowing through in preparation for my next book.) ally itself with the poison vendors to claim that by failing to poison the garden, First Lady Michelle Obama is causing increased rates of (simultaneously!) starvation and obesity, as well as cancer.
In a nifty bit of mischief, Jon Stuart of “The Daily Show” got comedian Samantha Bee to interview Jeffrey Stier, associate director of ACSH. The episode, entitled “Little Crop of Horrors,” runs 4 minutes and 35 seconds and appears below. In it Stier says the Obama garden “should come with a warning label.”
It’s irresponsible to tell people that you should have to eat organic and locally grown food. Not everyone can afford that. That’s a serious public health concern.”
His reasoning: “People are going to eat fewer fruits and vegetables. Cancer rates will go up. Obesity rates will go up. I think if we decide to eat only locally grown food, we’re going to have a lot of starvation.”
If you find yourself experiencing nausea as you watch this video, remind yourself that, except for Stier’s assertions, this is satire.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Little Crop of Horrors|
I don’t know about you, but nobody could pay me enough to humiliate myself in public by uttering such stupidity.