The forthcoming February issue of Consumer Reports includes a great article on shopping for organic foods. As we’ve discussed here before, the premium prices we often pay for organics keeps many shoppers away (although the sector is still growing astronomically), so CR has the goods on how to pinch pennies while shopping organic. The article also gives a thorough overview of the fight over organic standards that’s developed in Washington in the past few years, too — right now, the “water ’em down” crowd is winning (imagine that!). I was happy to see that buying locally, either at farmers’ markets or through CSAs, were included in the list of money-saving measures — can’t think of a better way to link local and organic in people’s minds than to point out that local organic is cheaper. Of course, so is mail order… Definitely worth a read.