Local & organic: this is what you need to know.

Marks & Spencer announce their stores are going carbon-neutral; Tesco announces it’s carbon-labelling all its food products; and Whole Foods buys Wild Oats – and announces micro-loans for farmers, and $30m pa of investments in artisinal food startups.

Now here comes the March 12th cover story from Time magazine. This is an _outstanding_ piece; pretty much all you need to know, right now, on local vs organic – and why you should join a CSA…


And may your hamentashen be local… and your Slivovitz potent: a happy Purim to one and all…


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4 Responses to “Local & organic: this is what you need to know.”

  1. Carly Says:

    hmmmm…seems like the focus should be on local & organic. If it’s destroying your local environment, you’d still be screwing up the planet.

    I think the problem is that it’s being presented as an either/or question. It’s not either or. Good food practices should include awareness of both where and how your food is raised/grown.

  2. Michael Says:

    carly is spot on. organic and local is best!

    the false dichotomy of organic vs. local obscures the fact that organic is the only truly local system. ‘local’ non-organic food will have racked up loads of miles transporting fertiliser, pesticides and animal feed etc before they even get started on producing the food.

  3. Ben Murane Says:

    But “local” is not a magic bullet; organic plays a much larger role than popular wisdom attests. Of the oil consumed in this country 1/4 is through out food, but only 11% is used in its transportation. The most popular example is that basmati rice from India uses less carbon than tomatoes from California.

    “Local” and “organic” are more effective together, certainly, but sometimes one *is* more effective than the other and keeping a judgmental eye on both is important.

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