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Letter: Buy locally grown organic produce

Murray Strongwater, 87, on his wagon prunes tomatoes

Murray Strongwater, 87, on his wagon prunes tomatoes in his garden in Woodmere, Aug. 8, 2015. He gives some of his produce to residents of a local group home who use his vegetables when making their supper. Photo Credit: Maria Boyadjieva

The story “From farm to store” [News, June 19] touts the availability of produce from Long Island farms in Long Island supermarkets.

But the Long Island Farm Bureau, representing the Island’s farmers, has supported the use of pesticides on the produce its members grow.

I prefer that my fruit and vegetables not be doused in pesticides.

A better choice for consumers would be to buy organic produce from one of Long Island’s organic farms, either at the farm itself or at one of the many farmers markets.

It’s possible, and preferable, to support Long Island farmers and buy healthy, too.

Robert K. Sweeney, Lindenhurst