Getting the dirt on "organic"

2 months 1 week 2 days ago Monday, November 13 2017 Nov 13, 2017 Monday, November 13, 2017 8:32:00 AM CST November 13, 2017 in News
By: Daytona Everett, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

FULTON - With holidays around the corner, grocery stores are seeing more people come in to stock up.

Farmers and institutions are meeting up in Kansas City for a KC Healthy Kids meeting regarding their “Carrot Gold” program.

Kim Harrison, of Harrison Family Farms in Fulton, is representing the agriculture community from Mid-Missouri at the coalition meeting.

She said KC Healthy Kids is “actively involved with getting institutions, school, hospitals, restaurants, to commit to at least a ten percent purchase of local foods.”

One of their topics of discussion Monday is organic food and how it’s produced.

“Organic is a part of having better, healthier, more nutritious food available to a wider group of people,” Harrison said.

However, Harrison said sometimes people are unaware of how organic products are labeled.

Some organic foods are grown through hydroponics or aquaponics. Hydroponics is when vegetables are grown without soil, in trays of nutrient solution. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (snails, fish, crawfish, etc.) with hydroponics, according to the Aquaponic Source.

Therefore, not every organic item is grown out in a field with soil.

“There’s so many layers and there’s so many political impacts on what can be defined as organic,” Harrison said. “The best thing to do is to find avenues to educate."

Clover's is an example of a Mid-Missouri store that uses the "farm to table" mentality and has for years. 

Sidonie Burton, a Clover's customer and former organic farmer, said one of the biggest ways to support the organic industry is by spending that extra dollar on organic greens. When government money falls short, it's nice to have local support, she said.

"Legislation here is not friendly to organic growers in the same manner that it is in other states like Maine and California,” Burton said.

Despite the expensive cost, Burton and Harrison both said the long term effects of eating organic are overwhelmingly beneficial.

“Yes, it does cost more to put an organic item into the shopping cart but the health benefits that a result of consistently eating food with less chemicals has an absolutely document-able cost savings as far as healthcare,” Harrison said.

Aside from health, eating organic has other benefits as well in Burton's eyes. 

"I think it's important for everyone. From the point of view of environment, from the point of view of the local monetary system, from the point of view of how it impacts employment,” Burton said.

For people interested in buying organic food, Harrison recommends searching for local or regional sources where you can look at the website and talk to the farmer.

“What they’re producing, they’re feeding their family and sharing with you,” she said.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens made his first public appearance in nearly two weeks since acknowledging an... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 6:20:00 PM CST January 22, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON - It took three days, but Congress has passed a spending bill to end the government shutdown. If... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 5:50:00 PM CST January 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens addressed his affair for the first time in a news conference while announcing his... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 5:15:00 PM CST January 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says he wants a change in state law so that... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 4:44:00 PM CST January 22, 2018 in News
FORSYTH, Mo. — One of two suspects in the death of a 72-year-old Missouri man who was left beaten and... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 4:41:04 PM CST January 22, 2018 in News
MOBERLY, Mo. — A Missouri paramedic is accused of burglarizing a patient's home and stealing medication from another home. ... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 4:38:29 PM CST January 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia residents got their say Monday night on how to make zero traffic-related fatalities a reality. Residents... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 2:59:00 PM CST January 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – An expert in infectious diseases said viruses like the common cold survive well on surfaces and inanimate objects,... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 2:36:00 PM CST January 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Gun shop owners and gun buyers had no problem buying or selling a gun during the government shutdown.... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 1:35:00 PM CST January 22, 2018 in News
NEW MADRID (AP) — A southeast Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for strangling his... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 12:57:00 PM CST January 22, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle (all times local): 12:55 p.m. It looks... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 11:58:00 AM CST January 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police responded to a reported armed robbery just after midnight Tuesday in the 1600 block of Kitty... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 9:55:00 AM CST January 22, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A violent weekend in St. Louis has left two people dead and four others injured in... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM CST January 22, 2018 in News
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say an officer has shot and killed a suburban Kansas City teenager while responding... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 7:16:00 AM CST January 22, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old has been fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire in Kansas City.... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 7:00:00 AM CST January 22, 2018 in News
LAKE WALES, Fla. (CNN) -- Two improvised explosive devices detonated at a Florida mall on Sunday that has left police... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, January 22 2018 Jan 22, 2018 Monday, January 22, 2018 5:58:00 AM CST January 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens will release his budget recommendations for 2019 at 4 p.m. Monday. A press... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 21 2018 Jan 21, 2018 Sunday, January 21, 2018 10:24:00 PM CST January 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Some say, the summer body is made in the winter, and Clovers Natural Market is hoping a clean... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 21 2018 Jan 21, 2018 Sunday, January 21, 2018 7:32:00 PM CST January 21, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 34°
3am 30°
4am 29°
5am 29°
6am 29°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:07a
Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda
3:00a
Early Today
3:30a
Early Today
2:00a
Paid Program
2:30a
Paid Program
3:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Ellen's Game of Games
8:00p
This Is Us
9:01p
Chicago Med
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
Black Lightning
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld