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Organic farmer educates on shopping for healthy foods

'It is hard to find good, quality food in a supermarket'

Organic farmer Dan Kittredge gave a lecture on organic farming Tuesday night, April 26, at the Southbridge Arts Center. He focused largely on the benefits of organic farming and how local growers can get the most out of their soil. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
April 27, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — He's ready to make you second-guess what you buy in the supermarket.

Dan Kittredge, an organic farmer from North Brookfield, gave his lecture, "Introduction to Nutrient Dense Crop Production," at the Southbridge Arts Center on Tuesday, April 26. The free event was sponsored by the Southbridge Garden Club.

"It's all relative," said Kittredge, in response to if someone can find quality and healthy food in the supermarket. "In general, the average head of broccoli or tomato today has much less nutrients in it than it did, say, 50 years ago. If you want to look at averages, well, that's irrelevant, because nothing is average. So yes, it is hard to find good, quality food in a supermarket."

Although it may be difficult, it is not impossible. A large part of Kittredge's lectures and seminars revolve around how to make those choices and the technology available and soon to be available to help determine quality food.

"I think the practical thing to do is to find the best bag of carrots or the best apples in the supermarket," he said. "If there are 12 apples to choose from, how do you know which is the best one? Right now, we are trying to raise awareness and educate people and build the momentum necessary to add tools that people can use. We are still early in the process. You can buy 12 apples, go home and figure out which is the best one and then go back to the store and buy that one again."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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