|July 12th, 2010|
|organic, money, local, giving [html]|
If you currently buy organic food for "make the world a better place" reasons, I would encourage you to switch that spending from organic food to international aid. Or talk to me and convince me that I should do the opposite.
 This argument applies just as well to other forms of virtuous food buying: 'local', 'free range', 'cage free', 'fair trade', 'grass fed', 'non-gm', 'free-farmed', etc
 When buying organic food you ideally get several things: better taste, healthier food, and less environmental harm. The first two I have no issue with: in cases where I believe the taste and health benefits are worth the organic cost premium I would be fine with buying organic food. (I don't have any such cases currently.) It's the environmental harm aspect that I don't find convincing in our situation.
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