Monday, August 27, 2007

Organic vs. Local


It seems as though the current banter in the "green" world is the benefits of local foods versus organic foods. We have come to know, or at least think we know, what organic foods are. The short definition of organic foods is that they are foods grown without using chemical pesticides, antibiotics and with using sustainable farming methods. The USDA has set standards for what can be labeled organic.

Now we are hearing that we should buy locally. The "local" foods definition is generally agreed upon as foods that travel less than 250 miles from "farm to fork". Some of the arguments for local are:
  • Local food travels a smaller distance from "farm to fork". Shorter distances equal fewer food miles, which in turn produce less carbon dioxide and therefore, less global warming.

  • By eating foods that are grown locally, we preserve our regional farmland. This protects open space and encourages environmentally responsible farming practices.

  • Buying and eating locally grown foods fosters a sense of community and develops a relationship with your area farmers.

  • Buying and eating locally grown foods enables smaller farms to compete.

So which is best - organic or local? Personally, I vote for both! Visit your local farmers' market. Many times you will find local farmers that also farm organically.

We are looking for stores that carry locally grown, organic foods. If you have a store in your town, drop us a line and let us know!


Happy eating!

36 comments:

Karen said...

I definitely agree that I like to look for both organically grown and locally grown foods. I would just like to see the cost of organically grown foods come down a bit more. Sometimes I have to purchase "regular" foods just because the cost of organic is too high.

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