09 Apr '11, 1pm

Farmers markets opening in your area? Here's a guide to buying/storing

Farmers markets opening in your area? Here's a guide to buying/storing

While the organic label means that food is grown or raised without pesticides or herbicides, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your veggies were grown anywhere near where you live and eat. “Organic milk may be made with organic milk powder from New Zealand,” says Gabrielle Langholtz, publicity manager for New York City’s Greenmarkets. Many farmers choose not to go through the certification process because their farms aren’t large enough, or because it’s too expensive, but they nevertheless grow their crops sustainably, consistent with organic-farming standards. “If the farmer lives and raises his family on his farm, he’s disinclined to use chemicals to spray crops that are harmful,” Langholtz says. “Your main environmentally conscious question should be: How many miles did this food travel to get to me?” Also keep in mind that organic and sustainably grown food does not alw...

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