When Certified Organic Is Not Available, Ask the Right Questions at the Market
As market season kicks into high gear, farm stands beckon shoppers with signs: Local! Organic! Natural! No Spray! Sustainable! Organic is defined by strict federal standards. But what do these other claims really mean, and which are worthy of support?
The Cornucopia Institute, a farm and food policy research group, has prepared a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) organic certification guide to help shoppers navigate their local markets and reward the most ethical farmers, while bringing home the healthiest food for their families, when a certified organic farm vendor is not available.
“It’s important to know that just because it’s called a farmers market, this does not mean that all of the food for sale was grown locally or organically,” said Linley Dixon, PhD, Cornucopia’s senior scientist. “There are instances of greenwashing at farmers markets, ranging from reselling industrial produce that was bought wholesale, to ‘no-spray’ and ‘natural’ signs that may, or may not, mean what you think they do,” Dixon added. Read Full Article »