Local, organic choices still confuse consumers

05/03/2013 02:18:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Weinstein is quick to say he doesn’t mean these comments to discredit the locally grown movement, just to point out the false choice between that and organics.

“The ideal, of course, is to find food that is both local and organic. That is the optimal food system,” he said.

In addition, Weinstein said both systems of production are still in early stages, and neither is currently capable of feeding the entire population.

He points out that more than 10 million Americans alone go to bed each night underfed, a fact that often is not considered when discussing production methods.

“Right now as we focus on the methods such as local or organic, there is a tendency not to bring in the largest factor that impacts how we should raise our food, and that’s the feeding as many people as possible part,” he said.

Weinstein suggests the industry has a lot of work to do in regards to growing healthier food with a smaller carbon footprint, while feeding more people.

“In the end the true measure for a sustainable food system is one that not only works in conjunction with nature, but one that can also feed an entire population,” he said. “I truly believe that the combination of local and organic fits the bill.”


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