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Crazy Tomato’s

At 9 inches and still morphing...

This photo of one of my Zapotec Ancient organic tomatoes was submitted for Nature’s Path’s contest. If you don’t belong to their ‘subscribe list’ you may want to join if you are a “foodie”. The surveys are interesting and fun, and you are helping a local company which, in turn, helps you.

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New study: Organics are healthier, tastier and better for our environment!

April: I am Pro Organics for many reasons:

1. Organic food is picked closer to ripening than other foods, creating a more nutritious and better tasting product.

2. Organics are grown with the purpose of aligning with those practices of natural standards and tradition. While we are now discovering that, as soon as Big Corporations get involved with Organics, the standards “change” according to profit margins, we are closer to healthier foods than conventional Big Factory Farming creates.

It’s up to independent researchers to enact studies, but when they do, we often get clear and honest information. The following happens to be one that makes me smile: it’s from GRIST, a website that challenges conventional thinking and can create some pretty colorful dialogue. Remember, my comments are in red.

New study weighs in on organic vs. conventional debate

Does growing food organically really matter? Supporters of conventional agriculture say that organic farming is little more than a fad — and that organic produce lightens consumers’ wallets for no tangible benefits. And unfortunately, since agro-ecosystems are so complex, scientists have had a hard time cutting through the haze of claims and counter-claims. (It costs more because when you don’t use chemicals you get higher percentage of waste, and therefore lower yields. Also there is a higher percentage of spoilage in travel).

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Study: More Americans are going organic

It used to be that organic products were limited to a small shelf or two in the local grocery store. But, a new study finds that’s changing.

U.S. sales of organic products – food and non-food – reached $24.6 billion by the end of last year, up 17 percent from 2007, according to the Organic Trade Association.

Organic food sales grew by 15 percent, reaching $22.9 billion. That means organic food sales now account for about 3.5 percent of all food product sales in the U.S.

Sales of organic non-food such as organic fibers, personal care products and pet foods, grew by 39.4 percent to reach $1.64 billion.

Increased use of coupons, the proliferation of private label brands and value-positioned products offered by major organic brands all have contributed to increased sales, according to the association.

April: It seems to me that Organic producers yield a higher profit at the end of the day, and after that hard day in the field, isn’t that what farming should end with? Big factory farms do good for only the chemical, seed and commodity sellers. Even more reason to be aware of our ALR lands – not let them go for development, lest we lose all our ability to eat locally. Being reliant on outside exports in today’s “climate”, ie: climate change, is foolish and insane, IMHO, especially when we had record hot and wet conditions world wide. Who, exactly, will grow for us in the future, if it’s not us?