Although organic farming methods are more eco-friendly than conventional methods, buying solely organic products could eventually warrant your taking out a second mortgage on the house. If your conscience is greener than your wallet, joining an organic co-op might be a good option.
The Organic Produce Buying Club of South Florida (O.P.B.C.; organicbuyingclubsouthflorida.com) offers just-picked organic produce at discounted prices. Food is packed in reusable totes thereby reducing excess packaging and bagging.
The club provides customers with approximately 30 pounds of certified organic produce for $49 every two weeks, according to Howard Rosenbaum whose wife Jayne began the O.P.B.C. in 2003. If youre shopping for organic products at the supermarket, keep in mind that some organics might still come with earth-unfriendly baggage.
For example, organic berries are sometimes sold in No. 6 plastic baskets, which are not recyclable in all municipalities. And organic meats are often packaged in non-recyclable foam trays.
And notice that many markets are making it easier to avoid plastic bags to tote your groceries home. Try using re-useable shopping bags.
--Amanda Klarsfeld, special correspondent