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June 28, 2010


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First, love your blog, have been following for the last few months. Of course I believe food needs to be an "economic" decision, but the long term "cost" of cheap/inexpensive food far outweighs the benefit. Simply higher medical expenses and loss of production from run down bodies is evident, but the benefit to your community is vast in being productive, having more physical and mental energy, etc. More people should support local food systems (50 mile radius) as much as possible, this WILL BE the way of the future (by choice or not) because of infrastructure problems and transportation cost.

Thanks for the blog, and thanks for the opportunity to score some chocolate.

Ted Chaloner

Thanks for this post, Julia. An article in the on-line NY Times recently tried to suggest that organics was only an expenisve hobby for elites - I'm glad to see the real story getting out.


"We need to shift our focus from solely looking at short-term financial returns to include long-term social returns. "

What it comes down to. A statement that truly becomes universal.

Inspiring post Julia!

Christine Santeusanio

Interesting article. I walk past the big chain coffee shops to get to Equal Exchange located in the North End in Boston. Best Cup of Joe in town!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types

Stonyfield is a very interesting company - and shows that larger, national brands can follow sustainable principles and be successful. I would have liked to have heard him speak.


LOVE the Equal Exchange cafe near North Station. Interestingly, it is one of the few coffee shops I know of that offers free wifi (my faves Diesel and True Grounds now make you pay). Even now that Starbucks offers free wifi, I would still prefer to give my business to Equal Exchange because of their work towards sustainability.

Miss Maya

I hope the general conversation can start to shift away from the "expense" of organic/local and shift to thinking about the consequences of our current practices. I'm willing to compromise :)

And... looks like the FDA might start limiting the amount of antibiotics in farm animals (at last!). I prefer that my antibiotics come in a pill and as a choice and not in the chicken entree I order at a restaurant.

Here's an interesting article from the good ol' nyt's:


It's nice to hear that there are still people with ethics who are more concerned about quality than filling their pockets. If they all think quality first, the lining in the pocket will eventually come.

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