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Video #3: Organic Produce from Suzie’s Farm

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Organic food is what we are meant to be eating. It contains no additives, preservatives, fertilizers, or pesticides—widely associated with various types of cancer. It is not genetically modified—widely believed to cause organ damage and other serious health problems. It has not been sterilized with radiation or ammonia, like most fast food meat. Organic farms are required to constantly test both their products for nutrients as well as their irrigation water (non-organic farms use “sewer water” that can contain biosolids like heavy metals, lawn pesticides, gas, detergents). Convinced yet?

One criticism is that organic food can be more expensive than conventional food, but not always. (I also ask you to consider why conventional food is cheaper.) Here are some ways to save:

  • Buy from farmer’s markets (a recent study found them to be up to 40 percent cheaper than stores).
  • It is not necessary to buy organic fruit and vegetables whose peel is later discarded. At the very least, buy organic when it comes to the “dirty dozen.”
  • Buy in bulk when possible. Costco and Walmart sell various organic non-perishables.
  • Prepare vegetarian meals more frequently. Organic lentils will be more affordable than organic grass-fed beef.
  • Join a local CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture), or a farm that delivers its seasonal produce to you on a periodic basis. Suzie’s Farm, on the border of Mexico in San Diego, has a popular CSA program, and that’s just the beginning. Meet Quinn Wilson: watch the video.

Jan. 18 2012 |
  1. chip engman

    Great series of videos. Informative and fun

  2. Kate

    Nice piece Jane. Makes a good case for CSAs year round I’d say. We subscribe to one here and I love getting our organic CSA produce box each week, full of fruits and veggies that I know were just picked straight from the farm. (The produce is sometimes still covered in dirt – only validating how fresh it really is!)

  3. Lynn

    I hope this isn’t a stupid question, because I don’t want to waste your time. Is all organic produce grown with absolutely NO pesticides, in any form?

    Thank you!
    Lynn

  4. jane

    Hi Lynn,

    It’s not a stupid question at all! These food labels can be confusing — like “natural,” which essentially means nothing.

    But you’re correct: organic produce must be grown without pesticides, and the produce cannot be genetically modified either.

    There are many other regulations organic farms must follow to be certified, including testing their irrigation water for purity (many conventional farms have heavy metals and other toxic substances in their water).

    Here is an outline of general regulations for organic farms:
    http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3004445

    Hope that helps!

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