Brief History on Organics

Organic farming was the way we as humans always farmed. The farmers, their families and the hired help would prepare the fields, plant the seeds, pick the weeds, and harvest the product (to put it simply). After the harvest, most often the farmer would take the product to market. The farmer sold to the customer directly. They had a relationship built on trust. The farmer trusted that the customer would buy, and the customer trusted that the product being sold had integrity. During the 20th century in order to meet high demand and lower costs, chemicals and synthetics were introduced to the farming industry. Today, these chemicals and synthetics are still used, however the government does regulate the levels.

In 1939, Lord Northbourne, an English agriculturalist, wrote a book called, Look to the Land, that helped to begin an organic farming revival. He is credited with coining the term "organic farming"(1). Under his definition, a farm is an organism. The farm and all the parts that make it work are important. Therefore, the chemicals and the synthetic aids that were introduced severed the original "organic" farming methods from the modern. Botanists Sir Albert Howard and his wife Gabrielle were the first to bring scientific knowledge and principles to organic farming(2). In the US, the organic revival was referred to as the "Green Revolution", and by 2009 it had a slogan: "Know your farmer, Know your food" (1). 

In North East Ohio it is easy to "know your farmer" and "know your food". There are farmers markets everywhere! http://www.localfoodcleveland.org/farmersmarkets 

Meet your farmer, know your food, and know that The Grocery will have that same product ready for you in July. 

 

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_food

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_farming