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Buy The Food Changes You Want To See In The World

One response to “Buy The Food Changes You Want To See In The World

  1. drugsandotherthings October 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Hmm, may I offer a slightly different view?
    First, let me say, I spent many years working on organic farms, before having my own organic farm for well over a decade. And while I still garden organically, and often choose the organic option, I am, shall we say, disillusioned with “organics”.
    Since the feds took over the mishmash of organic programs from the handful of states that administered them, and the handful of private organizations (such as Oregon Tilth, to this day arguably the truest certifier) we have seen organics bent to the realities of corporate agriculture. To meet the needs of massive multinational farmers such as earthbound farms, as well as massive processors, livestock production, health and beauty products etc.

    I have come pretty much full circle- back to the days before organic certification, when a look in the eye and a handshake was what told me something was “organic”. Know your farmer. Know your seasons. Know your bio-region.

    We all have small family farms in our region. Often not organic- either because they do not see the certification- and the massive amount of paperwork to be worth it, or because of the realities of farming. Many can not afford to loose a crop. And so, maybe only once every few years, or maybe several years in a row, they will see a need to use a chemical fungicide or pesticide. Some of the best farmers I know see no choice but to use a chemical in extreme situations. Many more will use an antibiotic on a sick animal rather then follow organics- which simply means they sell the animal to a “Conventional” famrer who often will treat it much worse.

    I don’t know. I think “organic” has become a “feel good” solution”. The harder choices, and the ones that I think can have the biggest impact, get overlooked. Buy local. Buy in season. Support heirloom vegetables and heritage breeds. Know where you’re food is coming from. Shop at farmers markets. Find the stores in your area that try to support local family producers – regardless of whether they have the “organic” label. Ask yourself if the “organic” product produced 1,000 miles away, or on another continent, is really better for anyone then the product grown on a family farm someplace you can drive to.

    So yes, by all means- support organics whenever you can. But don’t let the organic label stop you from questioning if it is really the right choice…

    Thank you, DAOT, for giving some perspective on the subject. 🙂

    Peter Parkour

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