It’s recently been Soil Associations annual Organic September, where people strive to be fully organic or begin to make that shift over to organic lifestyle or just promote the benefits and pros of being organic and there are so many.
For me, on the other hand, things aren’t quite so positive. Now I have never been shy about putting my voice forward, in opinion and TRUTH within the gardening industry, so that’s what I am going to do!.
I recently earned my first certificate in Horticulture and have begun looking for employment within the industry. Every single practical gardening job I’ve yet come across looks brilliant until you read in the job spec……. must have sprays license. No!!!!
This then leaves me questioning my morals!
I’m organic in my life with the way I garden and grow at home and on the allotment but for an employer am I prepared to be non-organic to put food on the table and pay the bills?
No, I’m not, this would be hypocrisy!
But you have to be realistic, at what cost, you still need to earn a living!
Exactly at what cost, you only get one home and that’s earth!
You see what’s happening here?
You’re being beaten down by the chain, by the high-powered system designed to make a profit at the cost of the environment and I can’t trade in my morals and beliefs and endorse that.
Sadly, there are many that do succumb to the pressures and it’s totally understandable why they do. We are being bullied! Surely this is no different than me saying “If you don’t do this, I’m going to kill you?” OK a little dramatic, but is it? If I can’t afford to live because I won’t do the wrong thing, is it really any different?
I’m sick of the bullshit excuses too. “To garden commercially, you have to use sprays, organic gardening on a large scale takes too much time and effort” Ahhhh I get you, you’re cutting the corners, cheating your way to a job well done! Bravo!!
We ALL have an environmental responsibility and I totally understand it can be extremely difficult to adhere to at times and may seem impractical and not everyone finds it as easy to flip off the man, but if we don’t stand united in these situations all that fighting we’ve been doing so far becomes wasted.
We have that power, we are the people. Without us these companies are nothing. Let me give you a real-life example. Last month I went to a very popular garden trade show and one of the companies exhibiting there was Roundup, now this made my blood boil and I really wanted to go over there and give them what for. But then I noticed I actually didn’t need to, NOBODY was stood there in this huge booth, why? Because they are the devil and anyone in the right mind avoids a bad rep like the plague. They are avoided because people have raised light on how unethical and environmentally damaging their products and company is. You can’t undo a bad reputation it stays with you for life!
All because a few activists once said NO to Round-up and shed some light on their corrupt goings-on. Now everyone knows the story of Monsanto, Round-up, Glyphosate, and GMOs whether you still use them or not. But it’s not socially acceptable to use them anymore, is it? Everyone loves being organic….. but just how far do you take it, before it begins to infringe on your life. I’m not asking people to begin quitting their jobs, but do you ever question your companies ethics or bring forward an environmentally sound solution?
My views are indelible and just like those first activists that said No, I’m going to keep the wave rippling and say NO too! By not applying for that job because I’m not prepared to bend my moral fibre. I am one less candidate applying for the job, standing strong in a battle. By speaking about it, I am helping raise more awareness that these requirements are not acceptable and we are still fighting this organic war……… don’t underestimate how far we will go to win! The force is strong and you should be afraid because if you are not organic you are going down and you know it!
Thanks for stopping by, I’d love to hear how you’re fighting this organic war however big or small, every step is a step in the right direction and should be celebrated.