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Tell Us: Organic Food

Will Long Islanders still purchase it after a Stanford study questions its health benefits?

From "A Taste of Long Island" in Farmingdale to the wide assortment of high-end supermarkets on Long Island, there are plenty of places to buy organic food around here.

But a recent Stanford University study published in the "Annals of Internal Medicine" claims that organic food is not more nutritious than conventional food.

Which has us wondering: Do studies like this impact how you shop for your family? Are you more likely to purchase organic food than conventional food? If so, do you buy it for health reasons? Do you think it tastes better? Do you think organic farming is better for the planet? Or, do you think a forthcoming study will reveal different results?

Tell us in the comments. 

A Taste of Long Island October 02, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Unfortunately the term "organic"has become diluted over time to a point where the word no longer has a valid meaning in the consumer marketplace. A more useful way to think about healthier foods is whether the food was produced without chemicals, perseveratives or pesticides to increase crop production & increase shelf life when foods travel long distances. When a consumer focuses on "where" the food was grown or made and "how" a food product was created they become better informed & have more control over what they eat. "Local" typically means fresher ingredients & fresher finished food products but more importantly a much more flavorful eating experience. At "A Taste of Long Island", for example, all the kitchen foodpreneurs source as many ingredients from local producers as possible. Our produce is grown by Schneider Farms in Melville & most days the vegetables available for sale were picked that morning. The free range eggs from Raleigh Farms in Kings Park that we carry are usually less than a week old. (By comparison, supermarket eggs are usually at least two months old when they are brought to market.) When consumers shop at local markets and particularly at local farmer's markets they have the chance to talk with the farmers or bakers or other food artisans about their production practices. And of course the dollars spent on these more flavorful foods stay in the local community promoting economic growth that everyone benefits from. So "Keep Calm & Buy Local"!
Joe Dowd October 02, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Great advice here from our friends at "A Taste of Long Island," which serves as a central place where local producers can get their products to market. Thanks, guys.
Simba October 02, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Crops bearing the USDA organic seal of approval are raised without synthetic pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers BUT what most do not know is that Organic crops use natural based pesticides so to call them pesticide free is a myth or a convenient lie.
Micah Danney October 03, 2012 at 03:54 PM
This documentary was highly recommended at a recent local/organic food event in Glenwood Landing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC-ny11zLXg
Micah Danney October 03, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Also, author Robyn O'Brien criticizes the Stanford study in a recent blog post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robyn-o/organic-food-vs-conventio_b_1857802.html

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