More Organic Food Products Might Help!
I'm only a consumer of organic foods, with no retail experience. However, because I've been thinking long and hard about the overall organic food movement, I try to imagine what it's like to raise and sell organic foods.
I try to put myself in the position of the organic farmer, wholesaler, processor, and shopkeeper. I also try to imagine what it's like to run a restaurant or other prepared meal service that might want to offer an organic menu.
The farmer has special problems that we might talk about at length another time. Overall, within the organic food supply chain, if I put my ear to the "ground," I hear shouted loudly, More! More! More!
More variety, especially. More dependable sources. More certainty about what is truly organic. Also, more locally grown items!
What About What's Not Locally Grown?
A host of organic products can't everywhere be locally grown. Just a few examples--peanuts, for peanut butter; pears; avocados; coffee; teas; bananas; rice--and on and on the list goes.
It Takes the World to Supply Our Organic Food Needs!
Let's face it. We should, wherever possible, foster locally grown produce, and the processing of this produce--for example, into jams, jellies, and baked goods.
Nevertheless, no matter how we look at it, we're interdependent. No one, no community, no region, no national state can wholly supply all its own needs. We need each other!
The Retailer Needs Us All!
If we raise our consciousness, just a bit, we'll realize that our local organic food store, not only needs us as a customer and also needs more customers, the store needs for us to work together in every way possible to foster the organic food movement.
The polluted air, the polluted soil, the polluted water that stain our food supply--all belong to us. We've let it happen. Only we can fix it!