Michael Pollan has written an interesting piece in the New York Times discussing the implications of Wal Mart's entry into the organic food market. My personal view is that "organic" is better than not organic, both for the land and for us. I agree, however with a comment at Outside the Beltway that the result will be various producers working to differentiate their organic product from the mass-produced, transported from a distance product that shows up at Wal Mart. I don't think that organic food is elitist in a socioeconomic sense -- there are plenty of wealthy people who don't care about whether they eat organic or not. For those of us who care about where the food we eat comes from, perhaps we are elitist, but so be it.