“People in the U.S. are placing more value on the food they eat and how it’s grown.” Local Harvest

I don’t always buy organic; I’d like to, but at times it’s just too limiting. I remind myself that the availability of local/organic foods has grown…a lot. In 2002 when my son was born, the organic section of my local grocery store did not exist. There has been a steady increase of organic, and now “local” is making a mark in the aisles of supermarkets. I’m patient. I think if an idea grows steady and slowly, it will have staying power.

Admittedly, there are times when I need to hear that I’m part of a larger community; that there are people, a lot of people, who value and believe in sustainable local agriculture.

Erin Barnett, Director Local Harvest wrote about a growing shift toward healthier foods.

Dairy gets the top spot for a few reasons: cows on organic farms eat fresh grass, so their milk is higher in healthy amino acids. Eating organic milk and dairy products also allows us – and our children – to avoid pesticide residues which make their way from the cows’ grain to the milk, and dodges the infamous rBGH (bovine growth hormone). If organic dairy is outside your budget, you would do well to look for products labeled “rBGH free.”

After dairy, Riddle recommends making sure that fruits and vegetables that are consumed raw and not peeled are organic.

No one should feel they have to eat organic/local foods all the time. All movement toward healthier foods is moving forward.

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