Food for Thought

Ann Slater of the Ecological Farming Association of Ontario takes on CropLife Canada, a trade association for the manufacturers, developers and distributors of pesticide and GMO products that has been working on a smear campaign targeting organic food production.

Why is CropLife Canada so keen to smear organic? According to their survey of Canadian women, 77% sometimes buy or consider buying organically grown fruits and vegetables. Twenty-one percent say they buy organic because they are concerned about pesticides on their food and 22% believe organic produce is more nutritious. On top of that, 14% say they sometimes feel guilty about buying cheaper conventional produce when organic is available.

- Full article here

Her argument references this article by two market farmers from Oklahoma who carried out an experiment to tackle the question: “Are supermarkets cheaper than farmers’ markets?” Their results are interesting.

The results reveal that perceptions rather than facts influence the false assumptions that grocery store food is always cheapest.

…grocery store food is not as cheap as some customers believe it to be. Nor is local simply for the wealthy — it is competitively priced since our research showed grocery stores — low posted prices tend to hide lower weight and quality.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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One thought on “Food for Thought

  1. So true. We have a year long farmer’s market here that is part of an affordable foods program. It is really essential to have affordable local and organic produce available because the other affordable option is all-too-often fast food value meals.

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