Organic Food and Locally Grown Food: Are They the Same?
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"In the U.K., consumers are gobbling up organic food by the bushel. In reality, according to the Organic Centre Wales, "Direct sales of organic food via box schemes, farmers markets and farm shops grew by more than a third to L144 million for the duration of 2004." And those numbers have continued to rise as consumers become increasingly concerned about the long-term effects of the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used on crops grown by non-organic farms. Even though most folks agree that organic food is preferable over non-organic, a debate has begun about the source of organic foods. For instance, is imported organic food as desirable as UK organic food?
Making the Case for Neighborhood Organic Food
Those on 1 side of the debate insist it does not matter where organic food is grown rather, the important element is that the food meets stringent standards to guarantee that it is really organic. Those on the other side of the debate are equally vehement that locally grown organic food is preferable to imported organic food, both because the fossil fuels utilised to transport imported organic food add to worldwide warming and because UK organic food supports neighborhood farmers.
Advocates say that you can uncover UK organic food at an organic farm shop, or even arrange for organic food delivery proper to your door. You can even discover organic fish, such as organic trout from an organic fish farm. There, the organic trout may possibly live in 400-year-old spring water and eat natural shrimp that comes from organic watercress beds.
These who favor importing organic food point out that an organic farm shop will only have seasonal foods, which severely limit the selections buyers have when preparing meals. Imported organic food, they say, retains its superior nutritional top quality while delivering a bountiful variety of fruits and vegetables.
Some folks, of course, take the middle ground, and opt to select their foods from an organic farm shop when what they want is in season and shop for imported organic food the remainder of the year.
The Bottom Line
People may differ in their opinions about whether or not to limit ones consumption of organic food to that grown locally, but practically absolutely everyone agrees that organic fruits, organic vegetables, organic fish, and organic meats are preferable to those that are grown with chemical fertilizers, insecticides, and fungicides.
Currently, non-organic growers are authorized to use more than 1,000 chemical compounds on crops. This translates into anything from soil erosion due to over-farming to dangerous toxic runoff into our drinking water. Expanding food organically is a way to reverse this trend. With more than 700,000 hectares dedicated to UK organic food, farmers are trying to meet consumer demand. Still, some markets import nearly half of the organic food they sell. As for who will win the debate over locally grown organic food vs. imported organic food, only time will tell. [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ie1B114nvw]project planning[/url]"