Yea, I think one important point we are all missing is the recent
interest in healthful eating, which in turn has boosted organic sales.
You just can't compare the produce department in terms of selection
and quality of my local Stop & Shop to the (not quite as local)
closest Whole Foods. (Which is admittedly not all-organic, but
sometimes I wonder if people know?) Of course you can't compare the
price either, but I also buy and use Apple computers -- talk about a
"tax on the gullible!" :-) And you really can't successfully argue
that organic food is not better for the environment and your health,
and personally I think tastes better, than the conventional produce
you buy in a typical supermarket. You will never, ever win that
argument. (At least I can't win it with my spouse.) That is the bottom
line for the consumer. Perception is reality.
Note I did not bring up the subject of 'locally grown' at all...
UMass Cold Spring Orchard
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On Aug 11, 2009, at 9:46 PM, Thomas Green wrote:
Here’s the Organic Center response to the FSA study. This response
steers clear of the “debate about the debate” and instead focuses on
the data and why two different recent reviews on the same issue
produced different conclusions. Will be very interesting to see how
this plays out over time – the Organic Center study suggests
additional, new studies using varieties currently grown will support
nutritional benefits from organic foods.
Thomas A. Green, PhD, CCA, TSP
IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
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Subject: Apple-Crop: Follow-up on organic study
Lawson from the Times of London:
Goldacre from The Guardian:
Daniel R. Cooley
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