Every spring we wait in breathless anticipation for our local organic farm to open. In late May, the bounty starts to roll in, beginning with lettuce, arugula, and spinach.
By late June we start to see strawberries, and as the season progresses, the shelves become more and more crowded with gorgeous, local produce.
Meet Liza Bemis, my local organic farmer.
Now that it’s September, watermelons are on the wane, tomatoes are still in full swing, potatoes are coming in, and squash is beginning to fill up the bins outside.
There is nothing more tasty than a roasted potato that was pulled out of the ground that very morning.
I love my local organic farm.
So when I saw “Organic Food Benefits Doubted,” trumpeted in the index on the front page of yesterday’s New York Times, my blood began to boil. The article, prominently placed in the front section under National News, did nothing to calm my ire, “Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce.”
Both headlines were deceptive. The study found that organic meat and produce are no more nutritious than conventionally grown meat and produce. But that’s not why I buy organic food.
I buy organic food because it isn’t grown with pesticides or injected with hormones. And because organic farmers don’t use pesticides and other chemicals, they aren’t harming the environment. According to Liza, that’s the reason organic farmers do what they do.
They love growing healthy food, and they respect where it comes from.
It’s crazy the stir the article by Stanford University has caused. It may be true (or not) that there is no health difference (which I highly doubt) but what about the environment. Organic living is not only about the benefits to our bodies but also the benefits to the Earth.
Desiree, it seems that study has raised the ire of many. And many are countering the way it was couched. Do check out the Mother Jones article referenced by Ronnie Citron-Fink.
Thanks for stopping by!
The unregulated antibiotics in meat worry me most.
PS — fantastic pictures. Love your new banner, too!
Thank you C.E.! And thank you for reconnecting me w/Francesca. You amaze me with the way you keep track of and in touch with so many folks.
just the fun ones
This just in from Ronnie Citron-Fink
Love your organic market! We have an outdoor farmers market in the summer and a small indoor version in the cooler months. But yours looks so charming (ours is in a parking lot and town hall)!
This article from Mother Jones did a great job dismissing such silliness about the equality of pesticide-sprayed and organically grown produce:
And I’m with Suzanne’s mom…stay far away from antibiotic injected meat and poultry.
Judith, I stopped by after seeing your comment at Suzanne’s Mom’s blog. Your photos are **wonderful**. I always love seeing garlic drying, and I love the diversity of color that you get with old tomato varieties.
Francesca!!!! Thanks for visiting. We should catch up!