Originally Posted by mm84321
Just to add to your fourth point: Farmers can practice sustainability, and use little to no chemical fertilizers on their crops, yet still not be defined "organic". The whole process of USDA "organic" certification can be rather costly, and just because a farmer does not have this recognition, does not mean his farming practice and quality control is inferior to the farmer who has been granted the title. The key is to find a reliable farmer, and just ask him how he grows his crops. There are quite a few farms around me that aren't technically considered organic, however, they probably use less pesticides than that Earthbound Farm "organic" stuff you find at the supermarket. Also, if you're concerned about sustainability, buying a plastic container full of organic spinach that had to travel at a constant 37Â° F from California to Connecticut, from harvest to sale, is sort of a contradiction to the whole term itself.
A farmer that sells produce at my local farmers market calls his farm "ornery" instead of "organic." He cannot call his produce "organic" because he refuses to pay for organic certification, which he believes calls for standards that have been compromised by agribusiness, large food companies and their elected supporters. His growing process, which he says surpasses more permissive official standards, is free of chemicals and pesticides. There are plenty of holes and dirt in the leaves of his greens but the vitality and taste of his produce, for me, is superb. I buy "organic," especially fruits and vegetables in season.