Local AND organic is best but if we have to choose, choose organic. Organic wins over local because conventionally grown food uses chemical pollutants in our own backyard. It is true that local food is fresher and contains more nutrients but a few more nutrients at the expense of our earth and ill-health from the chemicals used to produce local conventionally farmed food is hardly worth it.
Choosing organic helps the economy. Organic farmers do not receive US subsidies like conventional farmers do. Conventional farms can price their food lower because they are subsidized by tax dollars and outprice the organic farmer. Go to the food store and match the prices of organic food compared to conventional food and it is plain that organic costs more. By choosing organic, we are telling our government to stop subsidizing conventionally grown food. We do not need subsidies and it undermines our fair trade.
Choosing organic is healthier for the environment. Organic farming sequesters carbon dioxide, a green house gas affecting climate change, because it doesn’t use fungicides. Tiny fungi occur naturally in soil and acts as sponges to collect harmful carbon dioxide in the air, whereas conventional farmers spray their soil with fungicides, killing the tiny microorganisms that naturally soak up green house gasses.
Choosing to buy organic food uses less precious fuel sources than conventionally grown food. The chemicals conventional farmers use are made from petroleum and these chemicals use trucks to deliver their products to the farmer. Conventional farmers also spend a lot of time on tractors spraying chemicals, and that uses a lot of fuel.
When we choose conventionally grown food, we are choosing chemical farming, a practice that can be harmful to our soil and though we can gain higher crop yields, these high yield crops have smaller root systems and are more vulnerable to floods and droughts. Conventional farming produces poor soil water retention and the chemicals runoff this poor soil into our waterways, oceans, and wells.
When reviewing studies done by worldwide associations rather than US reports (which are funded by the chemical companies themselves), conventional farming and livestock production is responsible for a higher rate of green house gasses than even automobile emissions.
I believe that organic farming is the way to restore our earth, helping us to live at peace with nature rather than trying to control it with chemicals. I believe that conventional farming is also responsible for much of the hunger in the world today as grain from the US is subsidized and exported to places where local farmers are unable to match these low prices, and is putting farmers from those countries out of business or dependent on the practice of chemical farming. Chemical farming is expensive, making our chemical companies rich and the earth’s children poor.
Finding local organic food sources is like finding Jesus. Jesus is the best choice for us because by choosing Jesus we also choose God. God is Jesus. No one can choose Jesus without choosing God at the same time. Jesus is the physical embodiment of God who, through his sacrifice on the cross, gave to us God’s powerful spirit that resides within us when we accept the sacrifice He made for us. God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all one, revealed by the Great I Am, also known as Yahweh, and Allah.
Jesus is the best choice because He is God’s choice, and fulfills God’s own plan to save us from death which naturally occurs to all of us. We are all on the same path and that path leads to death. C.S. Lewis likens Jesus to a new form of man, a new hybrid, so to speak, who dies but then rises up from death to eternal life. And like Jesus, we can follow His ways which promote our spiritual growth, both individually and as His church.
“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” –John 8:58