The Trouble with Organic

24 Oct

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This certified Organic farm near Maricopa, California, growing blueberries in a soil-less media, has an oil well in the field! The lanes between the rows are suspiciously weed free. Surrounded by chemical agriculture for miles and miles, one has to wonder whether these blueberries taste like anything but oil and sand. Buyer beware – not all Organic farms are like the picture on the plastic clamshell!

Organics standards spell out what the farmer can’t use on their crops, period. They do not dictate diversity or pollinator habitat or whether the farm would be a place you would like to take your kids. The lesson here is that if you want your food to be a certain way (healthy, for example) you should know exactly where it comes from.