Good morning everyone, This is a copy of what I put on the message boards with regard to a poll question. I am a member of a local food Co-op. Most of the food we get is organic and local. I don't know if the local farmers have certification, but none of them are using pesticides, or chemicals to grow their produce or meat. I agree that it is hard to avoid GMOs, especially corn, soy and canola. It can be done.
This year when I planted my container garden I got my seed from the co-op. The seed had not been genetically altered. No, I didn't grow corn, my containers weren't large enough and I do love corn. I raised my garden with no pesticides and no chemical fertilizers. I keep a compost pile going all the time so I have very rich soil for my garden.
That compost is generated under the trees on our property so the trees benefit as well as my garden. I do want local, for all the reasons stated in previous posts. I want the flavor of naturally ripened vegetables. I used to have my own chickens because I wanted true free range chickens who had the opportunity to eat all the grass and bugs they could find. They eggs they lay are totally different from those from chicken farms.
My former husband was reared on a truck farm during the depression. He knew organic gardening throroughly and never used any chemicals. The beef he raised was wonderful and had never been fed grain, just grass and shortly before slaughtering he gave them the windfall fruit from his trees. That meat was lean, flavorful and tender. I got spoiled so now I watch for local farmers who are ready to sell meat raised in the same way. I do find it.
I do pay more for the fresher, organically grown food that comes from local farms. If there were a CSA farm around I would be a subscriber. I want to provide all the support I can for those farmers who try to use unaltered seed and no chemicals at any stage in growing their foods. It is worth the effort.
I cannot eat entirely organic, no one can anymore, but I try to keep my food clean and fresh.
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