Thursday, July 15, 2010

Organic vs. local

This can easily turn into a heated, political discussion, but I wonder which is the better choice:  buying local or buying organic.  I don't know the answer.  I think both can be good things.  For now, I'm going to buy organic as often as possible for things in the dirty dozen with the most pesticide exposure.  However, if it comes down to local or conventional, I'll definitely be supporting local growers vs. apples from Chili.  Here are some of the pros and cons:

Organic Pros:  no pesticides, better for children since they are exposed to higher levels of pesticide per body surface area, retained nutrients

Local Pros:  sustainable for local economy, less travel distance and possibly less resources, picked at the freshest and ripest time, high amount of nutrients retained

Organic cons:  often picked before riped and shipped from large distances, often goes bad quickly due to time of harvesting, cost

Local cons:  unknown or probably amounts of pesticides, less desirable for small children if pesticide used, often overripe

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