SEGMENT: FOOD & MEALS, GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, & ORGANIC FARMING

Paul Gebhart>LPL Interviews A-M>LPL Interviews A-J, Segment 7

SEGMENT: FOOD & MEALS, GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, & ORGANIC FARMING,

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FOOD & MEALS
Paul poses the questions of why people are so unhealthy, getting diseases and cancers? He realized the chemicals they used on the crops were part of the reason. He realized there was a market for people who care about how their food is being raised. Paul thinks people should be concerned about whether or not the farmer producing their food is trustworthy. He likes the guarantee that comes with organic food.
GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
It is easier for a group of people to get something accomplished than a single person. When he used to slaughter chickens and turkeys, he thought some of the laws were "goofy," so he went to his legislator, Dwayne Nolan. Usually though, he comes together with a group of people with a common idea. He thinks everything needs to be fair when it comes to legislation. He sometimes goes to Washington, DC for lobbying.
EDUCATION
The U of I wasn't up to date on everything concerning organic farming, and when they received calls they would refer the caller to Paul. Through extensions, they have become experts in the field.
ORGANIC FARMING
When organic farming first started being used in Illinois, the farms were in clusters. They could support each other and help one another. It is important for the farms to be near the consumers.