You make good points. It's hard to believe that organic standards are being maintained in growing operations large enough to supply the Walmarts and Amazons of food monopolies.
I am a member and board member of our local food cooperative and over the past decade or so, we have been focused on helping to develop a local food production system. Being able to visit the farm on which the food we buy is produced and seeing how it is produced is really more important than trusting big brand names to abide by standards that are being reduced even as I write this. When I go to Farmer's Market on Saturday and buy a dozen eggs from a farmer I know and respect, I don't worry about how old the eggs are, how the hens are being treated or what they're fed. Moreover, those eggs have a much lower carbon footprint than the eggs that are shipped here from a larger chicken operation in another part of the state or country.
This area was once a food producing area. That changed when the food system was centralized and standardized. We take pride in the role we play in returning to local food production and in encouraging more people to grow their own food and learning to eat food in season. For the first time in a century wheat is being grown here and bread is being baked from that wheat. The number of farms in increasing and we meet with the farmers every year to match what they are growing to what we are providing to our members.
Local standards are good and local production is sustainable.
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