local, organic, or conventional?

Monday, April 9, 2012

local or organic

buying produce got complicated. let's break it down.

organic- your produce made a vow to never use drugs at any point in his life cycle.

local- your produce is using drugs, probably not as often, and he's doing it somewhere near you.

conventional- your produce is a user.

just because it's local doesn't mean it's organic. talk to your growers at the farmers market and ask how your produce is raised.

photo by lisa steinbrueck.

13 comments:

jen said...

i've met a lot of local farmers who grow organic but don't have the organic seal. it's very prestigious but it's incredibly expensive as well. i am learning to grow most of our fruits and vegetables in our yard and then supplement with local farmers that i know farm organically (with or without that seal).

Smith And Ratliff said...

I was going to say the same thing as Jen. The vast majority of local farmers ARE organic—they just can't afford to get the certification. Local trumps organic for me personally (food miles and all), but often times they are one in the same.

Hope you had a fantastic time in Paris!

rebecca said...

jen-
yes! even more the reason why it's important to talk to your farmers. organic produce is labeled as such at several nyc farmers markets. but you're right, it's not always the case everywhere.

rebecca said...

smith and ratliff-
most farmers i talk to tell me that their produce is not raised to organic standards. looks like it really depends on the market! such a difference everywhere you go... even in nyc!

la domestique said...

Maybe even take it a step further- talk to your farmer, go out and visit the farm once during the growing season. Many farms have volunteer days where you can help out for an hour or two. Build a relationship with your farmer.

Johanna said...

I love your definition of "organic." Classic!

Holly said...

a lot of my favorite farmers are not certified organic but grow organic. they cannot afford the "seal". which actually makes their prices more affordable and id rather by local any day.

Michelle said...

I love your analogy - drug users, brilliant!

Patrice said...

Such a clever analogy and great info!

Lulu said...

Most of the farmers here in La. grow their produce by sustainable methods which are organic but they are small so can not afford the cost of 'certification'. As they told me "it cost lots to spray all that crap and use all the chemicals" so they do as their fathers did...which is better than organic AND it's local so they aren't shipped in from across the country. I think organic produce from places like Chile or California when you live half way across the world/nation is ridiculous

Anna said...

I agree with the above. Factory farming (even organic) is bad for the Earth. So is shipping produce great distances and plastic packaging. What is bad for the earth is bad for me and bad for all the other organisms living on the planet. I'll take locally grown by real people (not corporations) any day over an organic certification.

Here is another analogy: marriage. Just like an organic certification, a marriage certificate is just a piece of paper the government issues. Although there are plenty of happy married couples, there are just as many (if not more) un-married people who love each other and are happy. And there are many farms (my mom's included) who are organic in practice, just not certified. Just sayin' :)

rebecca said...

anna-
love your marriage analogy. :)

Naomi Bulger said...

Very cute. I love the break-down. I always look for certification, too many people claim 'organic' just because they are no longer users (but it's still in the system, so to speak).

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