Kudos to Fresno State for its advances in saving water that, as noted in “Where saving water is science” (Valley Voices, Jan. 3), made the university one of the nation’s top “green colleges” for the third straight year. Next, one may hope, will be the steady conversion of the university’s agricultural instruction and crop production from a conventional to an organic orientation.
The word “organic” means “whole,” and this rational method of growing food, in accord with nature’s processes, produces crops that command prices superior to those of conventionally grown food. This advantage has not, however, stimulated the university to promote the economic and medical well-being of the Valley residents, by teaching and practicing organic farming’s holistic methods.
But perhaps I am naive with regard to the university’s role in Valley politics, which may favor the status quo in a region notably conservative. I suggest that this bias, if it exists, be shelved in favor of the university teaching and practicing organic farming — just as conventionally grown products are being increasingly avoided by health-conscious shoppers.