June 1, 2009

Defining “Organic”

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:33 pm by Editorial Team

Organic is a label that is thrown around so much these days. What does it really mean, and does it really mean that a product is better for the earth if it is “organic”?

“Once the farmer’s mind, his body, and his farm are understood as a single organism, and once it is understood that the question of the endurance of this organism is a question about sufficiency and integrity of a pattern, then the word organic can be usefully admitted into this series of standards… An organic farm, properly speaking, is not one that uses certain methods and substances and avoids others; it has the integrity, the independence, and the benign dependence of an organism.”
– Wendell Berry
Solving for Pattern


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