Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Today's New York Times has not one, but TWO editorials about responsible farming practices. One, about the limits and weaknesses of organic standards, and why it's important to look for products that actually exceed organic standards (which you're most likely to find at farmer's markets). The other, on why mid-size farms would be the perfect compromise between small farmers and corporate behemouths in supplying the country's schools, supermarkets, hospitals, etc., if only we can change the way farm subsidies work. (Nutshell: these businesses are too big to shop at farmer's markets, but their reliance on the corporate mega-farms is destructive to both the environment, and Americans' eating habits.) Registration is required to read the articles, but it's quick and free, and the articles are definitely worth a read.