Thought for Food

April 9, 2007

If you are forced to make a choice between buying an organic tomato from California or one conventionally grown by a local farmer, which should you choose? No one wants to eat pesticide residues, but without your support, the local farm will soon be covered by asphalt and town homes. Local is also likely to be fresher. Most foods, even those at Whole Foods, are shipped long distances using up tons of fossil fuels (also referred to as “petroleum miles”).

If you are concerned about pesticides you should check out the Environmental Working Group’s Shoppers Guide that ranks fruits and veggies with the most and least pesticides. Even if your local farmers aren’t certified organic, chances are they are taking steps to curb their pesticide use. Search by ZIP code to find area farmers’ markets and other sources of sustainably-grown foods near you. Also consider joining a Community Supported Agriculture subscription (CSA) — where you’ll be buying shares into a farmer’s annual harvest in exchange for weekly deliveries of produce, herbs, eggs, meats or flowers.

As you throw those organic raspberries from Chile in to your basket, ask yourself the question: “Is local the new organic?”

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

suzanne simon April 12, 2007 at 8:56 am

here is another great local website i found – go local!

Kathy Jentz June 3, 2007 at 3:03 pm

Great meeting you all at the SS Farmer’s Market yesterday.

Not only do I support buying local – I wholeheartedly encourage GROWING local. Can’t beat having full control of how your veggies are grown by doing it yourself. Then having the satisfactin of feasting on the fruits of your labor.

Feel free to visit me at my blog:

BTW I’ve got another local food blogger you may enjoy:

suzannesimon November 2, 2007 at 10:25 am

Here is a recent link to an interesting NY Times article. The five products to eat organic – ketchup, potatoes, peanut butter, milk, apples.

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