• Posted by Califia Suntree on July 18th, 2012, 6:03 PM

    In response to last week’s New York Times article exposing organic agriculture for the big business that it is, Grist’s food editor (and, presumably, fellow hippy kid) Twilight Greenaway wrote a spot-on argument for why she will continue to buy organic, and why the organics business is a bit more than “pure fantasy.” It’s certainly worth a read before you toss the organic baby carrots out with the…oof, I can’t even finish that one.

    Greenaway buries the lead a little here though: Because it’s the biggest and most profitable part of the business, much of the labeling controversy surrounds packaged foods. Those are overpriced and rarely all that nutritious in the first place. Another important point is down there in the comments section of Greenaway’s post: Many small farmers can’t afford the USDA Organics label at all, but may be growing healthier produce and livestock. Shop at farmers markets, and then you can actually just ask how your food was grown.

    The latest New York Times exposé won’t stop me from eating organic | Grist.

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