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I recently learned of the plight of Azure Farm in Oregon, from articles by Mike Adams, founder of Natural News. County officials had apparently decided that the mechanical weed control that has been the practice of Azure Farm for many years was no longer acceptable, and that the 2000 acre organic grower had to accept forced spraying of all their acreage with highly toxic herbicides, that would effectively destroy their business and poison the land for many years to come.
Azure Farms and Azure Standard, one of the largest organic distribution companies in America, both founded and owned by David Stelzer, needed help from their customers and friends. Thanks to the marketing and social media expertise of David Cross, Marketing Director of Azure Standard, the word went out, and other important real news outlets like Natural News also made a big difference, sending an emergency call to friends of organic farming and healthy living everywhere. Sherman County officials received over 57,000 emails letting them know what a bad idea spraying an organic farm would be, and they appear to be reconsidering their action now and offering better options.
As I am sure our listeners understand, this issue goes far beyond just some local tyrants in Sherman County, it is a microcosm of the bigger question, will chemical agriculture be able to partner with local, state and federal government to eradicate organic farming in America. That is an issue of immediate and massive importance to each one of us and to generations to come. I wanted to provide Lost Arts Radio listeners with an inside view of the real situation at Azure Farms, the latest developments with the county government, and what those in charge of the farm would like us to do, to support them, in appreciation of the great health service they are providing for America.