These days, one can hardly surf the web or cruise the grocery store without seeing the word "Organic." Farmers' Markets are expanding with those official-looking signs, and there are some, even, that are allowing only organic growers to sell at their market.
What's in a word?
Do you avoid conventionally grown produce?
Or, do you buy what you can afford regardless of a label?
It beams at us, this word, this phrase, invoking a sense of safety, security, and that we might be doing our planet some ecological good by supporting it and all that it represents. But are we really safer, more secure, and ecologically sound for it?
Last summer, I wrote an essay about what "Organic" means to us as small-timey farmers in the southern Piedmont of North Carolina, come on over to Hope Farms and read it. Then tell me what you think.