Where Does All That Great Organic Food Come From?
Natural food stores, co-ops, and even supermarkets and many restaurants overflow with organic produce. These extraordinary whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, potatoes, beans, whole grains, herbs, spices, nuts, and seeds, make eating a healthy pleasure. Farmers grow organic foods using the power of nature, not toxic herbicides and pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, genetic engineering, or chemical processes.
The abundance of organic food masks all the risk and effort necessary to bring these nourishing choices to market. Until I visited Organically Grown Company, the Pacific Northwest's largest wholesaler of organic produce, I never wondered "where does all that great organic food come from?" Yet this is a fundamental question of urban survival.
City dwellers have a tough time growing all their own food. Home gardeners may give up and go to the store when bad weather hits. Growers do not have this luxury. The farm-to-store delivery system is the basis of healthy daily meals. Wholesalers, such as Organically Grown, are a vital link in the process.
As soon as I walked into Organically Grown's distribution center in Eugene, Oregon, I felt a surge of energy. Just being surrounded by hundreds of