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Organic boom = organic dream turns sour?

 
 
Reply Sat 30 Sep, 2006 11:57 pm
At least that's what might happen, two reports (from the UK) in today's The Observer suggest.

The green virtues of the organic movement and public trust in it are at risk from a huge increase in demand for its food which could lead to a drop in standards, says the Soil Association's director Patrick Holden.

Organic boom threatens green crisis

Sales of organic food are booming. Once it was the preserve of specialist shops but now every major supermarket wants a slice of the action. To meet demand superstores are air-freighting organics into the UK and encouraging the type of industrial-scale production it was meant to replace. Is organics still green?

Will the organic dream turn sour?
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 1 Oct, 2006 12:02 am
Definitely an issue! If we could go back to eating seasonally appropriate foods, we might not be eating as healthfully (especially in our northern climes), but the world would be healthier. And, organic growing would be more practical.
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Miller
 
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Reply Sun 1 Oct, 2006 01:22 am
How can poor folks afford to buy "Organic"?
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xguymontagx
 
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Reply Sun 1 Oct, 2006 05:48 am
Well when I was a kid the only organic we ever had was all the food we grew ourselves, in our own garden.


of course I guess truly poor people don't even have the land for a small garden do they?
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xguymontagx
 
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Reply Sun 1 Oct, 2006 05:51 am
Well when I was a kid the only organic we ever had was all the food we grew ourselves, in our own garden.


of course I guess truly poor people don't even have the land for a small garden do they?
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xguymontagx
 
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Reply Sun 1 Oct, 2006 05:51 am
Well when I was a kid the only organic we ever had was all the food we grew ourselves, in our own garden.


of course I guess truly poor people don't even have the land for a small garden do they?
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 1 Oct, 2006 08:23 am
I buy some organic products, but haven't time or money to go all out. I do share the concerns that profit may trump quality in many instances.

Each two weeks I make a large pot of chicken stew. I buy chickens that are not given hormones and whatever else the commercial chicken growers generally use. Grain fed, or something. They are delicious. I cook it up with a tortilla soup flavor, chicken noodle, or whatever, to vary flavor from one to the other. Some of the vegies in it are organic. Carrots, broccoli - and some are not. I make ten generous servings and freeze them individually. This is what I take to work for my lunch.

So, I share the concern that we may not be given what we think we are paying for.
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Miller
 
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Reply Sun 1 Oct, 2006 09:22 am
xguymontagx wrote:
Well when I was a kid the only organic we ever had was all the food we grew ourselves, in our own garden.


of course I guess truly poor people don't even have the land for a small garden do they?


Not if they live in large cities, like NY.
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