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SG-W:/ Fwd: DAILY GRIST, 12 Nov 2003

In regard to my message advocating protecting local farmland so we don't 
have to ship food in from elsewhere, I thought some of you might find 
this item of interest.


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12 Nov 2003
Environmental news from GRIST MAGAZINE

Small-Scale Farmers Are Going "Beyond Organic" to Push Local Foods

Once the perceived purview of hippies and wackos, organic food has
become so mainstream that you can purchase Safeway-brand organic
frozen peas.  But is buying organic enough?  That oh-so-healthy
pesticide-free mango you bought in Minneapolis sure as heck didn't
grow in your neighbor's back 40; in fact, the average food product in
the United States travels 1,500 to 2,500 miles from farm to table.
That makes for a lot of burned fossil fuels -- and food that's not
fresh.  To counteract this trend, a loose network of farmers,
consumers, and advocacy groups is trying to push agriculture one step
closer to sustainability by urging consumers to go "beyond organic."
Michelle Nijhuis documents the movement, only on the Grist Magazine

only in Grist:  Beyond the pale green -- by Michelle Nijhuis in Main Dish


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