Thursday, November 17, 2005
• Driscoll’s Organic Strawberries | $4.99/pint
• Well-Pict Conventional Strawberries | $1.98/pint
This is from an online journal called the O’Mama Report, and it’s true: “A typical grower of conventional strawberries may use methyl bromide, chloropicrin, Captan, malathion, Diprom, Vendex, Kelthane, and Avermectin to bring a crop of strawberries to market (371 pesticides are approved by the EPA for use on strawberries). Invisible to most consumers, there are indirect costs of conventional food production such as cleanup of polluted water, replacement of eroded soils, and costs of health care for farmworkers.”
• Clover Stornetta Organics Milk | $2.19
• Clover Stornetta Milk | $1.25
All of Clover Stornetta Farms’ milk is high-quality and grown in the North Coast on sustainable farms that require open rangeland, rotational grazing and humane practices, and forbid growth hormones. The organic milk comes from St. Anthony’s Farm, a residential Franciscan drug and alcohol recovery program with a working dairy. At St. Anthony’s, all of the feed is organic, so the milk contains no trace elements of harmful chemicals, which concentrate as they move up the food chain, and then concentrate again in the cow’s milk.
• Whole Foods Lemon Herb Rocky Jr. Chicken | $9.99
• Safeway Homestyle Whole Roasted Chicken | $6.99
In 1993, a judge ruled that Tyson Foods was responsible for polluted air near its massive Kentucky factory farms, each of which released more than 100 pounds of poisonous ammonia into the atmosphere every day. Most chickens in America are raised in similar facilities, which cause water pollution, too—a typical chicken factory-farm produces 225 tons of manure a year, often leaching nitrogen and phosphorous in high concentrations into water, sparking algae blooms that kill fish. The producers of Rocky the Range Chicken state a commitment to sustainable farming practices.