Organic Food and Locally Grown Food: Are They the Same?

In the U.K., consumers are gobbling up organic food by the bushel. In fact, according to the Organic Centre Wales, “Direct sales of organic food through box schemes, farmers’ markets and farm shops grew by more than a third to L144 million during 2004.” And those numbers have continued to rise as consumers become increasingly concerned about the long-term effects of the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used on crops grown by non-organic farms. While most people agree that organic food is preferable over non-organic, a debate has begun about the source of organic foods. For example, is imported organic food as desirable as UK organic food?

Making the Case for Local Organic Food

Those on one side of the debate insist it doesn’t matter where organic food is grown; rather, the crucial factor is that the food meets stringent standards to ensure that it is truly organic. Those on the other side of the debate are equally vehement that locally grown organic food is preferable to imported organic food, both because the fossil fuels used to transport imported organic food add to global warming and because UK organic food supports local farmers.

Advocates say that you can find UK organic food at an organic farm shop, or even arrange for organic food delivery right to your door. You can even find organic fish, such as organic trout from an organic fish farm. There, the organic trout may live in 400-year-old spring water and eat natural shrimp that comes from organic watercress beds.

Those who favor importing organic food point out that an organic farm shop will only have seasonal foods, which severely limit the choices consumers have when preparing meals. Imported organic food, they say, retains its superior nutritional quality while delivering a bountiful variety of fruits and vegetables.

Some people, of course, take the middle ground, and opt to select their foods from an organic farm shop when what they desire is in season and shop for imported organic food the remainder of the year.

The Bottom Line

People may differ in their opinions about whether or not to limit one’s consumption of organic food to that grown locally, but virtually everyone agrees that organic fruits, organic vegetables, organic fish, and organic meats are preferable to those that are grown with chemical fertilizers, insecticides, and fungicides.

Currently, non-organic growers are authorized to use over 1,000 chemicals on crops. This translates into everything from soil erosion due to over-farming to dangerous toxic runoff into our drinking water. Growing food organically is a way to reverse this trend. With over 700,000 hectares dedicated to UK organic food, farmers are trying to meet consumer demand. Still, some markets import almost half of the organic food they sell. As for who will win the debate over locally grown organic food vs. imported organic food, only time will tell.

This Article was written by Dylan Gibson. Visit our site at and for more details.


100% Organic Ghee from Grass-fed Cows, 32oz
Ancient Organics Ghee is a premium cooking oil celebrated for its taste, nutritional benefits, and medicinal qualities-it is unlik…

Organic Shea Butter By Sky Organics: Unrefined, Pure, Raw Ivory Shea Butter 16oz – Skin Nourishing, Moisturizing & Healing, For Dry Skin, Anti-Inflammatory -For Skin Care, Hair Care & DIY Recipes
Revive your skin’s natural glow with the Organic Shea Butter by Sky Organics. It has 100% pure and natural ingredients that is saf…

Molivera Organics Bentonite Clay for Detoxifying and Rejuvenating Skin and Hair, 16 oz.
Do you have any of these nagging imperf…

Matcha Green Tea Powder – Powerful Antioxidant Japanese Organic Culinary Grade – 113 grams (4 oz)
Enjoy a relaxing latte in the morning, bake a dozen matcha cupcakes or simply add a boost to your morning smoothie! Matcha tea is …

San Francisco Bay OneCup, Organic Rainforest Blend, 80 Single Serve Coffees
San Francisco bay gourmet coffee 100% organic rainforest blend single serve coffee ,28.16 oz.can be used in keurig and other k-cup…

Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Powder, Vanilla Bean, 2.03 Pound
In each serving Orgain organic plant-based protein powder provides 21 gram of USDA-certified organic protein from brown rice, hemp…


* The Organic Feels!

Tweet us!
Idea Channel Facebook!
Talk about this episode on reddit!
Idea Channel IRC!
Email us! pbsideachannel [at] gmail [dot] com

The “Organic Movement” has become nothing short of MASSIVE in recent years, from whole foods to “raw diets”, its popularity is endless. But how good is organic for you? Or a better question: how BAD is NON-organic food for you? On this week’s episode of Idea Channel, Mike looks to answer just why are we so obsessed with “organic”!?



Asset Links:

0:57 Ol Dirty Bastard – Brooklyn Zoo (Clean Edit)

1:36 Kansas Farm Family Corn Harvest: America’s Heartland

1:40 Georgia Farmer Sets New State Corn Yield Record


2:24 Mung Bean seeds sprouting, HD Timelapse

2:30 Holland Dairy Cows released to pasture

2:41 Business Insider

2:44 Science and GMOs Are Not The Bad Guys Here

3:07 Regulation of GMOs in the EU

3:12 GMOs and Chipotle

4:15 17 Rants in 4 Minutes

5:32 Farmer Serenades his cattle with his trombone – Farmer Plays Lorde’s “Royals” On Trombone

5:35 Cultivating – Farming the Old fashioned way

5:57 Farming| Pesticides

7:20 Triclosan: What Consumers Should Know

7:32 WHO’S First Global report on Antibiotic Resistance

7:49 Your Salad is Trying to Kill You

8:07 Why I’m Breaking Up with my Hand Sanitizer
Why I’m Breaking Up With Hand Sanitizer

8:10 Toilet Bowl Cleaner that Makes Toilet Cleaning Easy

8:20 Original Billy Mays Oxiclean

8:21 ACT Mouthwash Commercial

8:22 PineSol (1996)

8:52 Caterpillar Marine Engine Manufacturing Facility in Lafayette, Indiana

9:14 Madeline Carroll – Mr. Clean Commercial

9:17 Orbit Gum Commercial -Dirty Mouth Test 37 – Cheating Husband

9:21 The New MacBook – Reveal

9:31 OutKast – So Fresh, So Clean



“Europe” by Roglok (

“Level 5” by Room for the Homeless (

“Bouncy Castle” by Roglok (

“:P” by Roglok (

“Squarehead” by Roglok (

“Number Cruncher” by Roglok (

“Little Birthday Acid” by Roglok (

“Topskore” by Roglok (

“Anti Vanishing Spray” by Roglok (

“Tarty Prash” by Roglok (

“Carry on Carillon” by Roglok (

“Uptown Tennis Club” by Roglok (

“Squarehead” by Roglok (

“Dream Of Autumn” by Night Shift Master

“Insert Toy For Coin” by Eatme (

“Dizor” by Outsider

“Lets go back to the rock” by Outsider

“Something like this” by Outsider


Tweet Of The Week:

Written and hosted by Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta)
(who also has a podcast! Reasonably Sound:

Made by Kornhaber Brown (

100% Organic Idea Channel Episode | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios 100% Organic Idea Channel Episode | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Related Articles:

Published at: Science News Articles

Article Source