Are you tired of swallowing . . .
- Genetically Engineered food?
- Irradiated food?
- Pesticide residues?
- Cruelty grown foods?
You make a difference every time you shop for your dinner. You decide what
kinds of foods are grown, how they are grown, and where they are grown by deciding what
you purchase and where you make your purchases.
In the end, you make the decisions about what kind of world we will have -- both globally
and locally -- by supporting one kind of farmer or another. Small local farmers value your
purchases and even the purchase of a few dollars worth of food makes a difference to
them. These farmers also maintain an agricultural community producing foods for local
people and maintaining farmland and farming as a way of life. An ever-increasing
number of these small local producers are going organic as they realize that not only is
their produce better received by the public, but they avoid exposing themselves and
their families to the usual array of agricultural poisons.
If you are tired of swallowing "Wild" Maine blueberries
that are a heavily managed crop sprayed numerous times with some of the most
toxic poisons ever produced, then you can avoid these poisons and avoid
supporting this type of industrialized agriculture by looking for organic
If you dislike seeing Maine potatoes planted with poison powders that get into the
growing plant to kill insects that feed on the foliage months later and then feeding
these potatoes to your family, then look for your local organic grower.
If you are wary of being a guinea pig for the FDA by consuming
untested genetically engineered Frankenfoods, you are not alone. Many parts
of the world have refused to purchase American seeds and foodstuffs because
they don't believe the corporate assertions about genetic engineering. They
understand that genetic engineering mostly improves corporate profits and
could indeed be dangerous for people to eat them and creates a type of
environmental pollution that has a life of its own. Organic standards,
however prohibit the use of any genetically engineered product.
If you are bothered by the cruelty involved in confining animals in small cages or
stalls all their life, being fed antibiotics to be kept alive in crowded unhealthy
conditions, producing meat, milk and eggs for a public blind to what they are eating,
then you might just want to find organic growers out there who are treating their
animals with the decency and respect they deserve.
If you want to say NO when you are asked if you got milk? produced with the
artificial BST hormone which forces cows to give more milk and results in more cow
diseases—and hence more antibiotics fed to those cows—then you'll want to find an organic
dairy farmer to supply your family.
If you find it distasteful that sludge from municipal sewage facilities and
industrial lagoons is added as a nitrogen fertilizer for field crops, even though
sludges are known to often contain heavy metals and petrochemical impurities, then you
will be saddened to realize that sludge spreading on crop fields is not infrequent in
Maine. Organic standards, however, prohibit the use of sludges in organic food production.
If you are disturbed by irradiating foods for the purposes of giving foods a longer
shelf life and covering up dirty practices in poorly regulated processing plants, then
you understand why irradiation is being forced upon us. Killing all
good ones—make irradiated foods more susceptible to re-innoculation by harmful germs.
FDA requires only that whole foods (not food ingredients) be labeled when irradiated.
Irradiation means exposing foods to radiation equivalent to 10-70 million chest
X-rays, which destroys vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients just so that the foods
may be shipped to distant markets more conveniently for the corporations in control of
our food system. You can avoid irradiated foods by only buying organic, as no organic
foods are ever irradiated.
Are you are saddened by the trail of destruction—unseen by us—left behind by
cheap food produced by industrial agriculture, the pesticides in the water and on the
people working in agriculture, increased erosion due to mechanized agriculture and use
of marginal land, sedimentation and dessertification from irrigation and monoculture,
displaced people and destroyed communities and swelling megacities, the energy
intensive, CO2 producing growing practices? You understand that the residues of
pesticides in our fruits and vegetables biomagnify in our meats, fish and dairy to
levels that already affect our nervous, immune and reproductive systems and
Often we do not count all those costs in our cheap food; the pollution, the poison,
the contamination, the human suffering and the people who are not fed. We should
consider our purchases of local organic foods as part of our contribution to a healthy
environment and to reviving farming communities and the small businesses that surround
them. And, of course, to a healthier and tastier dinner.
Get to know the folks who live near you and produce your food and learn more about
how your food is grown. Learn the nature and extent of your local foodshed, the area
around you where your foods are produced. Support Organic Agriculture by supporting
LET'S GO LOCAL! LET'S GO ORGANIC!