I am beginning to question the value of organic production whether it is done
in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia or the Far East. In years past,
when organic production was first starting out, I thought it was a great idea
and a chance for the small farmer, particularly the local one, to compete in
the food marketplace.
I started having my doubts perhaps starting about 5 – 7 years
ago for a variety of reasons. However, I still consider myself an advocate for
locally produced food and getting to know your farmer as well as Good
Agricultural Practices (GAPs), beginning with Eurepgap and more
Good agricultural Practices focus on a holistic, and in my opinion, a more rational approach toward producing food by small farms. But still, large scale conventional farming will never replace the "local producer".