Has Local Supplanted Organic?

There is much debate about the role of organic now that eaters have been drawn to buying locally produced items.  Some Canadian experts say that organic has peaked - higher price and lack of confidence were two purchase barriers.  However, the good news for organic food is that studies here and in the US indicate that people who shop at farmers' markets and other non-supermarket sources have more confidence in organic and are more willing to pay for it.   This is good news for the continued growth of shorter supply chains and local and organic (local) food. 

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Another Reason to Buy Organic

I want to add that there is one very good reason to move to organic food - it's because it is far less dependent on fossil fuels. Conventionally grown food requires huge energy inputs all along the line. Studies show that for every food calorie three calories of energy are required. Now is this system sustainable?

Locally grown food

I would add that many people are now looking at growing their own food if they have the ground space to do so. What better way to ensure organic food production than to grow it yourself? For those who can do so, there is also great satisfaction and a new relationship with the food itself!
Phil
San Francisco

Locally grown food

Yes, it's true that more people are learning about growing their own food, even if it's initially only a few herbs. This is very important and just a small part of sensitizing people to what real, fresh food tastes like and that there are real skills involved in growing produce.

Locally Grown Food

Yes, Phil isn't it great that people are discovering the joys and skills involved in growing eatables. I wonder if these authentic taste experiences are prompting people to source out other lovely, fresh fare from their local farmers and markets?

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