Rebecca Blood, a prominent blogger and author/editor of several recent books about blogs, frequently covers vegetarian/environmental issues on her site. One story from the last few days is especially worth passing on:
The not-so-sweet success of organic farming takes a look at some issues that make organic much less sustainable than the idealism behind it. What I got from this article: 1.) Organic farming on a global scale is something that needs some examination. Enacting such programs often makes heavy use of nonrenewable resources, which goes against the ideal of organic farming and sustainable agriculture. 2.) Organic may be good, but locally grown organic is best. Community Supported Agrictulture programs are looking better and better to me. 3.) When the federal government gets too involved with anything, the original ideals and motivations often get lost in the shuffle of beaurocracy.
I took a little time to check out more about CSA and I really like the idea. My college friend Pat paricipates in a program like this further south in Virginia and he’s spoken well of it. But I didn’t think such programs existed near where I live. Surely I would have heard about them, right?
Wrong. With a quick search online, I found a number of different programs nearby that even include an option to have the food delivered to your hometown for a small fee. The price for membership isn’t too extravagent, either, with around $300 getting you basic membership for a season. Read more about the CSA Movement and think about how a program like this could work into your life.