I recently read in an issue of Mother Earth News magazine a great quote. “Every time you buy organic, you’re persuading more farmers to grow organic.” This quote goes well along with my lines of thinking. I am a true believer of not buying a product or hiring someone to perform a service from a business if that product or service does not meet my expectations for what I am paying.
In this case that product is freshly grown fruits or veggies. I grow a
lot of my own food, but lack the space to grow it all. So, for the
items that I am unable to grow in abundance I will search out quality
farms in my area, that do not use chemical pesticides or synthetic
fertilizers. I am willing to pay a little more because I am getting
quality food, great customer service and get what I am paying for.
What I have also noticed in my search for local farms, is the term
organic being thrown around a lot. The question I was mulling over, is
that term overused? Has it become nothing more than a marketing gimic?
My dad, and grandfather before him, practiced organic methods when
tending to their gardens. No use of pesticides or synthetic
fertilizers, heck they did not even use gas powered tools. Everything
was done with a little elbow grease and plenty of sweat. They each kept
compost piles, and since my dad was (and still is) a big fisherman, all
of the fish waste went into his garden beds. Everything was natural.
But one thing was common, you never heard them use the word organic. If
you asked them if they practiced organic methods, they probably would
be the first to tell you they have no idea of what you are talking
about. They used safe, healthy methods to grow their food, not because
they wanted to be “organic”, but because they wanted to put good food
on the table.
In order for someone to use the word “organic” they must meet some
criteria as outlined by the USDA. You can read up on what it takes to
become certified organic on the USDA website.
Me personally, I think the word “organic” is quickly a word that is
being overused. But what do you think? I understand the importance of
needing to certify items to be organic, but do you think “organic” is