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Local or Organic? 
17th-Oct-2010 03:56 pm
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Poll #1632354 Local or Organic

You are about to buy any random food product. You have two choices in this product: One is organic, but not locally grown/produced; the other is locally grown/produced but not organic. Which do you choose? Please feel free to explain your answer in the comments.

Organic, but not locally grown/produced
2(2.9%)
Locally Grown/Produced, but not organic
21(30.9%)
Which ever is cheapest
37(54.4%)
I don't care about that stuff, so it doesn't matter.
6(8.8%)
You forgot about this obvious answer, which I will explain in the comments, you damn hippie!
2(2.9%)
Comments 
17th-Oct-2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
The other answer I was going to put but forgot was "I'd run out of the store and buy nothing because I wouldn't know what to do!", which would proabbaly be my answer. lol
17th-Oct-2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
I can't afford organic foods. As well, when I've purchased organic fruits and veggies in the past we can never eat them before they go bad so it gets wasted.
17th-Oct-2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
I have done this as well. I tend to buy too much perishable food with the idea that I'm going to make something with them but then I find I don't have the time or I'm just too tired to make the effort and it all goes to waste.
17th-Oct-2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
You mean I'm not the only one?!
17th-Oct-2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
The organic stuff only lasts a day or two. I feel like I don't even have a chance to use it up. I know it probably has less chemicals on it, but that doesn't do me any good if it rots in my fridge. :/
17th-Oct-2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
The terms "organic" and "natural" seem to get thrown around so often now as emotional pleas to consumers, and I'm skeptical about what they really mean.
I'd rather purchase something and know exactly where it came from (the farm down the road vs. a big name national brand) than for it to have a somewhat vaguely healthy term on it.
17th-Oct-2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
This is kinds of why I ask this question. I have a good number of local farms and farm stands where i can buy locally grown fruits and veggies and I do. But I got to thinking the other day that not one of these farms advertise as being "organic". Now, there are a few farms a bit of a distance away that do advertise as organic, but like I say, they are not very convienent. And then "organic" means different things to differnt people. Plus I could just go to any chain supermarket and pick up "organic" from far away so it holds that carbon footprint plus its more expensive.

I guess I would just choose local over organic and travelled as well.
17th-Oct-2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Well I do know that to officially be called organic, a farm/grower/company has to go through a long and complicated evaluation through the USDA. I've heard about farmers who have chosen to promote their methods without the officially organic label, and without the costly process of becoming organic. So local farmers can tell consumers that they don't use chemicals/pesticides, but they may not have the official label. I just like knowing where my food is coming from if I can... even brand like Organic Valley (dairy products) gets its ingredients from multiple farms and processes its products in large-scale factories. Yes the ingredients may technically be less processed, but I'd rather have it the other way.

That being said, local is often less convenient to buy for me, as in I have to plan ahead or travel farther to get what I need. I buy organic fruits and veggies at the grocery store regularly, local milk at the grocery store, and other occasionally local fruits and veggies at the farmer's market when I make it there. The biggest problem for me is finding a meat supplier that I trust, so I've basically stopped eating most meat.
17th-Oct-2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
This link describes what the USDA certifies as organic. More than the health aspects of pesticides, etc., I'm concerned about the mass production of food. Like I said above, organic products can be produced on the large scale, similar to conventional non-organic foods. And like you said, they are still shipped around the country, creating a similar carbon footprint.

Local just seems like the better choice for me, and I don't mind paying a bit more for it. I feel like so little of the price I pay for non-local apples actually goes to the people who grew them. More of my dollar goes to the factory that processed them, waxed them, put stickers on them, and trucked them to me. Yes, they're cheaper because the company is processing such high volume. But when I buy apples at a local farm, I know that all of my dollar is going to that farm and to the people who worked to grow them.

Wow. I obviously care more about this issue than I thought I did... I rarely ever comment on polls.
17th-Oct-2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
I'd much rather buy local than organic any day.
17th-Oct-2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
why's that?
17th-Oct-2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
At least if it's local, I know where it's coming from. Organic...who knows?
17th-Oct-2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Locally grown is good, but I'm not going to pay more for it; I never and will never buy organic.
17th-Oct-2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Why would you never buy organic?
18th-Oct-2010 12:43 am (UTC)
I don't believe that it's better for one's health or for the environment.
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17th-Oct-2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
I find the anti-organic sentiment interesting, as well. I guess there's a general distrust on what is really organic. I just went on and on about my own experience shopping for fooods above. Needless to say, if my local farms advertized "organic" produce that they grew, I would pick that, unless the price is seriously insane. But for me, I usually don't think about the price when it comes to that. this is why I am broke.
17th-Oct-2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
For a time I was buying organic fruit thinking I was being socially responsible. I found that it was prone to have fruit flies faster and stopped buying it for that reason.
17th-Oct-2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
I said whichever is cheapest because I find the benefits of both to be equally important. I would rather have locally organic (be it certified or not), but that doesn't always happen (like bananas, lol).
18th-Oct-2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Needs checkboxes, as I'd buy whatever's cheapest and I don't care about that stuff.
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