Is Organic Good Enough?
March 20, 2007
This interesting Time feature discusses Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs that offer "phenomenally fresh" fruits and vegetables at very affordable prices. Very smartly, it also addresses concerns about the quality of the organic foods grown by farmers, particularly those who avoid harmful synthetic pesticides and fertilizers but can't afford to pay for the organic certification process required by the government.
Not all the foods provided by CSAs and other local farms are organic, as some farmers may still rely on some chemical sprays or pastured hens that may eat conventionally grown grains. Nevertheless, the author of this Time piece, John Cloud, was able to meet the family that farms the whole foods he eats and became satisfied with its safety.Mr. Cloud decided, in the end, that he preferred local food to nonlocal food labeled organic, even if the local farmers had to make some practical concessions.