Unfortunate bedfellows


To the Editor:

I read with interest the article in the April 4 edition of your paper on Island Grown Initiative’s (IGI) hiring of Keith Wilda [Island Grown Initiative, spreading its roots, hires a farmer], with his extensive and varied farming experience. The land and greenhouses at Thimble Farm are an Island treasure with enormous long-term potential to help eliminate, at least at our Island tables, the chemicals and GMOs we unintentionally sit down to at most every meal.

I don’t know Sarah McKay, who is mentioned as the board president of IGI. She is also the store manager for Cronig’s Market. Most likely she is an honest and competent person. However, my heart sinks to realize that so noble and valuable a venture has the hand of Mr. Bernier, a “staunch supporter” in it. Being subjected to Mr. Bernier’s truly stupendous price hikes year after year, I am not under the illusion that there is anything altruistic or community-minded at the heart of his involvement here.

In what appears to be a canny business plan, we “healthy eaters” seem to have been identified as a perfect niche market, more perfect than the general hardworking, year-round populace that must pay whatever the captive market will bear at his stores for so essential a commodity as food.

In this apparent plan, focused on folks with an ideology about what we put in our bodies — more healthy = more money — geez, they’ll pay anything for local food, organic, supplements. Kah-chingg.

David Hume has said, “Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.” Greed is, after all, a passion and one of the seven deadly sins, but so is wrath, so I will stop here.

Lee Sullivan

Oak Bluffs