The majority of organic foods may still come from distant lands, but that doesn't mean local food can claim all the green bragging rights:

n An apparently obvious advantage to local food is that fewer resources are expended in packaging and transporting it. But non-organic food, even if sold locally, still involves the transport of fertiliser, much animal feed, pesticides and veterinary drugs

n The Soil Association maintains that organic farming can play a major role in addressing climate change as it's the most sustainable way of producing food

n The issue of air-freighting organic fruit and vegetables into the UK dents organic's environmentally friendly credentials. The Soil Association says that air freight only accounts for 1.7% of the total agricultural/food systems greenhouse gas emissions, but the growing need to import organics means the emissions are disproportionate to the amount of produce involved

n Local production supports the local economy - more money remains in the local community

n But how does one define "local"? For some people, it may be tightly defined as what they and their neighbours can grow themselves. For others, it may be food grown within a certain radius of home or grown within their county or region

n Processing and preservatives are less important with local food since the food doesn't have to travel so far

n Enthusiasts claim local tastes better, but organic fans claim the same

Confusing. It's no wonder consumers are puzzled, too. Perhaps the safest option is to source organic produce, locally ...