08 Jan '12, 12am

Who’s Greener? Who Cares?: #organic #food #bayarea

Who’s Greener? Who Cares?: #organic #food #bayarea

Written by Brian Scoles , Earth Island Journal All I wanted was some sugar. Oh, for the days when such an errand was simple. I found myself in an aisle at Berkeley Bowl West, with a fancy earth-toned pouch of raw cane sugar in each hand. The brown one was certified fair trade but not organic; the blue one was certified organic but not fair trade. I looked at the fair trade pouch, and imagined a crew of decently paid, self-respecting worker-owners casually spraying their crops with gallons of industrial pesticides. I looked at the organic pouch, and imagined a bedraggled gang of exploited wage-slaves, bent double as they handpick weeds from between green rows of organic sugar cane. Egads. Can’t I just pay a premium for a feel-good product, and move on? If one sugar pouch were clearly “more ethical” or “more eco” than the other, maybe I’d have an easier choice. But then, I’m...

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