Chellie Pingree has been working in an around farms for the last 40 years. After being elected and serving on the local school board on North Haven Island in Maine, and as the town's tax assessor, Chellie went on to serve eight years in the Maine Senate, and become the national CEO of Common Cause. In 2008 she was elected to represent Maine in the United States Congress. As a member of the Agriculture Committee in Congress, Chellie's focus is reforming farm policy with interests of sustainable farmers and consumers in mind.
Conventional farms actually do not provide much nutrient to the soil. What they do is they put, basically, nitrogen, phosphorous and, potassium into the soil, but plants need micro-nutrients, like minerals, in order to perform their best. And also because we get those minerals when we eat organic foods versus conventional foods. So, conventional foods automatically do not have the kind of replenished supply of nutrients.
Organic Vs. Conventional Food
Why Buy from Your Local Organic Farm?
What are the benefits of getting food from an organic farm, is, first off that it is chemical free, so you are not ingesting any sort of chemicals into your system. It is not in your food, it is not gonna cross-contaminate to anything else in your body or in your fridge. It is better nutrition. You get more actual minerals in the food itself.
Jim Riddle is the Organic Outreach Coordinator for UMN - Southwest Research and Outreach Center. He met with Market host Jill Jones to answer the question: "What does it mean when produce and meat products are labeled organic?"