Local vs. Organic

I have a question… Which is the best way to buy: Local or Organic?

There are many ways to debate this question and tons of research to support each side, I’m sure. Buying local products reduces the amount of fossil fuel burned in transporting the products to us, thereby reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (which have their own snowball effect of global disaster) into the atmosphere. Buying organic products reduces the amount of chemical pesticides and fertilizers (which can cause a variety of medical problems) we ingest.

If we had to choose one or the other, which would be the best option? Obviously, I would like to always be able to choose local and organic. I am, after all, a girl who wants to have her cake and eat it too (as long as it’s local and organic). Unfortunately, this is not always possible. One source of comfort for me is that buying a product that is either local or organic has to be better than buying a product that is neither.

So I ask you, Dear Reader, to offer your advice on this matter. Please leave me your comments and if you have friends who might be able to impart some wisdom on this subject, please send them over. I appreciate any and all opinions.

Thank you!

4 thoughts on “Local vs. Organic

  1. I wish I had some wisdom to offer here … I don’t. I, too, prefer (and try to buy) both local and organic, but its not always possible. Typically, I’ll choose organic as my first preference … but I don’t know if that’s truly the wise choice. I’m going to link my post today to yours … and perhaps the two people who read mine will have some thoughts! 😉

    Have a great weekend, Tracy!

  2. Local, organic, and in season is my ultimate goal.

    After that I like this credo: (I wish I could remember where it came from)
    If not local, then organic.
    If not organic, then family (or small) farm.
    If not family farm, then local business.
    If not a local business, then fair trade.

    I also take in consideration the level of processing and packaging but don’t get me wrong, I cheat too.

  3. I think it would depend on the food you were buying, some foods like lamb for example are always outdoor reared and usually grass fed so in this instance I would go for local. Take bananas though which are heavily sprayed with chemicals and I would definitely go for organic.
    Sam

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