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(ôr• gân'• ïk)
"Pesticide-free, natural, chemical-free, additive-free"
"Of, marked by, or involving the use of fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin"
"Raised or conducted without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals"
"Serving organic food..."
The word "organic" can refer to a good number of differing things. It's an adjective that ranges over many meanings, but basically this site looks at those meanings deriving or relating to foods grown or raised without synthetic-chemical fertilizers or pesticides, without artificial or natural hormones and those foods grown by adding only natural substances — for example:
- "organic" eggs
- "organic" vegetables
- "organic" chicken
- "organic" farm
- "organic" restaurant
This website is dedicated to informing you about organic foods and where to obtain them in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region of North Carolina. Within this site you will find markets that sell organic foods, farms that grow them, restaurants that serve them and links to other resources about organic foods. If you are concerned and want to be conscious about the type of foods you consume, this is a site for you.
Above are pictured some of the types of Organic Foods that can be obtained in the region. Some are local to the area, others are brought in from distant areas. We are trying to establish and inform you of the distances that some your food travels to let you make judgements not only on the quality, but the carbon footprint of the foods.
The Environmental Impact of Food
Many organic foods do not necessarily come from local sources. If fact, the majority of food found in the local markets come from far away places and are trucked across the country or flown around the world to deliver to their consumers in time to avoid spoilage. It's always important to look at the impact that foods—whether they are organic or not—make on the environment.
According to Brian Vinh Tien Trinh—writing for The Huffington Post Canada:
"When people think of "green" foods, their first inclination may be to reach for that head of broccoli in their vegetable crisper, and they wouldn't be wrong in doing so. That's because vegetables outrank their meat counterparts in terms of their environmental impact."
"Food's environmental impact lies in measuring in its carbon footprint -- the amount of greenhouse gases involved in the process, from growing the food to how it ends up on your plate. And while the easiest culprit to spot is the exhaust coming from cars and trucks, there are plenty of other polluting perpetrators, like the energy it takes to process and manufacture the food."
— READ the full article HERE.