03 Jan '12, 3pm

Grocery shoppers be warned: Organic food isn't always sustainable

Good food, as we've come to know it in that last few years, has a few characteristics: It's local. It's grown using responsible, land-loving techniques, like crop rotations and polycultures. And it's organic, raised without chemical fertilizers and poison pesticides. At one point, “organic” was shorthand for all of that, because the same people who cared enough to grow their vegetables with manure cared about environmental sustainability and tended to be local. But now “organic” can be shorthand only for adherence to a certain set of rules that outlaw certain concentrations of certain types of fertilizers and pesticides, and as the New York Times points out , it sometimes doesn't mean much else. In particular, the Times documents a slew of cases where organic agriculture is stressing aquifers. The success of organic food has probably left the world better off on balance, b...

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