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Hippie Pataki Goes Green

An organic Republican.

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National Republicans may be busy pushing for more oil drilling, but George Pataki is determined to turn even greener. Our former GOP governor’s 375-acre Adirondacks farm started the process of becoming certified green this spring. “We started with wheat this year,” he said from the RNC. “We fertilized it with chicken manure.” Pataki, who grew up on a partially pesticide-free family farm, bought the Adirondacks spread in 2003, and he’s now growing both wheat and hay. He plans to add corn next year, and possibly livestock. “When you can do it, it’s the right thing to do,” Pataki said. “It’s better for the environment, it’s better for human health.” But you won’t find a loaf of his seven-grain at the Greenmarket this fall: A rainy growing season downgraded his first organic wheat crop to animal feed.

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