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Organic vs. Local

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM

In asking this question, I am not necessarily seeking a 'right answer', I am looking to have discussion regarding everyone's feelings on 'mainstream' organic products. I understand that there are laws that dictate what defines organic, but do we really trust large scale companies that claim to be organic companies to truly embrace what it means to be organic? While I am not a conspiracy theorist, I find it hard to believe that Fortune 500 companies are not able to find loop holes or lobby for yucky chemicals to be accepted as organic. My question is: Would you rather eat LOCAL food that may not be organic, but you know more about it, or eat organic food that you have no idea what the background is?

I realize that the preference would be to eat LOCAL and ORGANIC, but I live in New England and would only be able to eat fresh veggies four months a year if I lived by that standard!

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My garden is not that large, but more than enough for two adults and three small kids. I agree time can be a constraint. In your boat, I would go with local organic throughout the summer and switch to organic store bought in the winter. Look for local organic in the store. All the stores I mentioned try to usse as much local (Maybe not all DMV, but certainly Eastern US) produce as possible.

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unfortunately, I do not have the time to maintain a garden large enough to last or the time to can/preserve anymore.

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So I will say, most of my vegetables come from my garden or my local farmers market (which run March - October). I did a CSA last year and this year and decided I won't do it again because I didn't a lot of the stuff they gave me.

Many vegetables can be frozen and kept throughout the winter (I just harvest the last batch of heirloom carrots and they are in the freezer now.

As far as local non-organic vs store organic -- There are a couple of stores I trust, Wegmans, Fresh Mart, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, that I know when they say organic it's likely quality organic. Most will even tell you which farm they go the produce from. So I would say store organic.

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on November 16, 2012
at 04:35 PM

My garden is not that large, but more than enough for two adults and three small kids. I agree time can be a constraint. In your boat, I would go with local organic throughout the summer and switch to organic store bought in the winter. Look for local organic in the store. All the stores I mentioned try to usse as much local (Maybe not all DMV, but certainly Eastern US) produce as possible.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

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on November 16, 2012
at 04:22 PM

unfortunately, I do not have the time to maintain a garden large enough to last or the time to can/preserve anymore.

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