Co-Op Organic Vs. Industrial Conventional Agriculture

Industrial Conventional based Capitalistic Farming:

*Pesticides sprayed causing health issues for workers, waterways and soil

*Migrant labor taken advantage of, no overtime paid, virtually no rights

*Large amounts of oil used to operate heavy machinery

*Soil is depleted of natural resources and infused with chemical fertilizers

*Monoculture makes crops and soil less resilient and more susceptible to disease, fungus and blight

*Overhead spray of water during peak sun and wind hours wastes our most precious resource

*Creating lack of trust in community between Workers and Owners

*Profits go to the top 1% and money may or may not stay local



Worker-Owned Co-Operative based Organic farming:

*No plowing of the soil, caring for the soil ecology and permanent pathways

*Growing top soil to sequester atmospheric greenhouse gasses, clean freshwater streams and recharge aquifers

*No pesticides used ever

*No overhead irrigation during peak sun/wind hours

*Workers are also Owners and each member has 1 vote in decision making

*Machinery used as need to build swales or damns, but not used between every crop

*Polyculture food forest for a resilient system with diversified revenue stream

*Building trust in community, engaging in leadership

*Profits are divided equally among Workers and money stays local


What we need to ask ourselves as a culture and society:

If Workers were also Owners each having 1 vote in a business, would any individual ever vote to have the industrial dynamic?

If not, then why do we tolerate these practices and how can we best transition into the Co-Op organic model?