Will Congress have the foresight to pass a bill that supports organics?

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“A good hockey player skates to where the puck is, a great hockey player skates to where the puck is going to be.”  - Wayne Gretzky

Last week, the San Jose Mercury newspaper published an article on new research from scientists at the University of California, Berkeley. The report identifies how the brain tracks fast-moving objects. How do those hockey players, baseball batters, and tennis players know where that ball or puck is going to be? How do humans predict the path of moving objects when it can take one-tenth of a second for the brain to process what the eye sees? 

That 100-millisecond holdup means that in real-time, a tennis ball moving at 120 mph would have already advanced 15 feet before the brain registers the ball’s location. If our brains couldn’t make up for this visual processing delay, we’d be constantly hit by balls, cars and more.

At OFRF, I think about Gretzky’s quote in terms of how we will meet the needs of organic farmers in five years. As I advocate for organic farmers in Washington, D.C., this week, at the Organic Hill Days I can’t help but fixate on the necessary policy that needs to be in place to meet consumer demand for organic. OFRF is sponsoring the attendance of two organic farmers to join other advocates in rallying support as Congress, once again, attempts to pass the Farm Bill. The bill will impact farmers over the next five years.

Will Congress have the foresight to pass a bill that supports organics – a rapidly growing sector of our economy? Will they be able to skate to where the puck is going to be or continue to skate in circles where the puck was 10 years ago?

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