June 5, 2007, - 3:29 pm

Is Your Organic Produce Funding Hezbollah? Are Your Tax $s Paying For It?

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember Vladimir Lenin’s pronouncement that “The capitalists will sell us the rope on which to hang them”? Well, Hezbollah, it appears, has a new twist on that, using capitalist-inspired trends against us.
Hezbollah may hate us Americans, but that doesn’t mean they won’t join in on our silly fads in order to make money off of us.

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Hidden toward the end of an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times (about how gourmet restaurants in Beirut are refusing to close amidst Lebanese Army fighting vs. Fatah al Islam), was this gem–Hezbollah is engaged in organic food farming and while American organic farmers are largely on their own, your tax money is funding Lebanese organic farmers. That gourmet Lebanese wine? It’s from the Bekaa Valley, a Syrian and Hezbo playground:

The chef and his diners at the small table overflowing with food weaved a conversation in French, English, Arabic and Italian as they sampled Lebanese wines from the Bekaa Valley. . . .
Both Hezbollah, which is on the State Department’s list of terrorist groups, and the U.S. Agency for International Development provide financial aid for organic farming in southern Lebanon.
Little is known about Hezbollah’s farming program, which is managed by its general reconstruction affiliate, Jihad al Bina, said [Lebanese Agriculture Activist Ami] Zurayk, the agricultural activist, who teaches at the American University of Beirut. . . .
“Like many other things they do, especially in agriculture, little information actually transpires, and whatever is produced does not find its way into the public market,” he said.

Uh, how does he know it doesn’t make it into the public market? Many flowers grown in the Bekaa Valley make it here. And FYI, USAID money often ends up in Hezbollah’s hands, as I’ve written about time and again on this site (because USAID doesn’t track the money much and his no checks on Hezbollah getting it).
So, is your organic produce from Hezbollah? And are your taxes financing it, too?
The answer to question #2 is a likely yes. As for the first question, don’t buy organic produce from Lebanon. And try to limit your produce purchases to those grown by America’s farmers. That’s the only way you can be sure.

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10 Responses

Debbie
I typically do my Organic shopping from TJs and Whole Foods, and there, I typically don’t see ‘Made in Lebanon’. Generally, I avoid products from Muslim countries, since that would fund the Jihad. A notable exception being Gasoline, but that’s another story, until Hizbullah gets into the biodiesel business to wage its jihad against global warming.
Question – does Hizbullah have ‘Made in USA’ organic products that one should look out for?

Infidel Pride on June 5, 2007 at 4:46 pm

in order for food to be certified organic in the US, it has to be grown domestically, so no, organic produce isn’t funding hezbollah.
MINGA:
THAT WAS THE ONLY “ORGANIC” PHOTO I COULD FIND. IT MAY COME IN UNDER THE TERM “ORGANIC,” WITHOUT BEING “CERTIFIED ORGANIC.” IT’S NOT AS EASILY DISMISSED AS YOU THINK. I WONDER HOW WELL THE LABEL REQUIREMENTS ARE ENFORCED. PLUS, A GOOD NUMBER OF MY READERS ARE IN OTHER COUNTRIES, WHERE SUCH RESTRICTIONS ARE NOT PRESENT.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Minga on June 5, 2007 at 4:53 pm

(1) What the heck is an agricultural activist?
(2) How do we know Hezbollah even grows the food? They probably pocket our “aid” as part of the bribery dance we willingly engage in to keep Hezbollah from bombing us (and to keep their wives in Paris apartments).

PJ on June 5, 2007 at 5:04 pm

A bit of turnaround here…the limbaughnistas are always saying the “left” just bitches and moans without ever coming up with any solutions, so what would be your solution HERE???
People should learn photosynthesis?
Ya gotta eat:)

EminemsRevenge on June 5, 2007 at 5:45 pm

I just started buying mostly organic and I am glad you are writing about this. I definitely do not want to fund terrorists or even farmers of other unfriendly countries.
I will be looking at those labels carefully from now on. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK DEBBIE!!!

TheAwakenedOne on June 5, 2007 at 8:10 pm

I won’t be funding Hezbo simply because I don’t eat “organic”. I have grown quite accustomed to that faint, sweet smell of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. Oh but would there still be DDT available! If so, there would be fewer mosquitos and hence less malaria; and another taste sensation would grace my turnip greens.

Southernops on June 5, 2007 at 11:25 pm

I learned to love wings while living in Buffalo. Now I’m back in Philadelphia so there’s the cheese steak and the place up the street does good wings. So I’m good to go. Oh, and pizza. Almost forgot the deli for a ham and Swiss on rye. And beer.

John Cunningham on June 6, 2007 at 3:27 pm

In fact, I’ve read enough. Made myself hungry. I’m going down the street to get that ham and Swiss and then stop in for a few or maybe a couple of fews. God, I love being retired.

John Cunningham on June 6, 2007 at 3:31 pm

John Cunningham: I used to live in Phila. Jim’s Steaks is the best but I would go to Geno’s in South Philly–he insists that the order be placed in ENGLISH!

lexi on June 6, 2007 at 9:40 pm

lexi
uuuhrahhh
English only for me too.

ScottyDog on June 7, 2007 at 11:55 am

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