Tuesday, April 13, 2010
BUT, i've created a crisis in my own mind. what is more important: supporting local farmers or buying organic? my dad is NOT an organic farmer. he uses pesticides (and herbicides?) and non-"home grown" fertilizer. he also shoots the animals that try to take his crops rather than building animal friendly deterrents. (well, in all honesty his garden is too big for a fence and other deterrents haven't helped..., he has tried! yeah, i'm not sure what the scarecrow is for except maybe crows. i do not have issues with shooting animals.) he get so many vegetables out of his garden and they are all free. home grown and free. nothing better, right?
except organic - maybe. i just know how many chemical he puts out on, lets just use green beans for an example. if he doesn't, they get eaten to pieces with bugs. and then they are basically useless for eating. he has to use the pesticides. and washing them - well i can wash the beans, but aren't those chemicals, at that point, a PART of the bean?
well i'm open for advice here, except for the obvious point of "they are free" because i know that. i'm just a little new at this organic vs. locally grown thing. just ignore the fact the local is family.
(P.S. i'm not trying to "look a gift horse in the mouth" so to speak. my gut tells me that "local" is more important than "organic" - even if i was shopping at the farmers market for something he didn't grow, i still think that i would prefer local-grown-in-nc-and-not-organic to organic-and-grown-in-oregon. even if they were the same price.)
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