Savannah has come a long way in the past few years on focusing on locally grown, organic produce and meats. By eating organic you are consuming far fewer pesticides that could negatively affect your health. Many of the pesticides used on nonorganic crops and livestock seep into the ground, polluting groundwater and soil. This contamination can cause problems for wildlife that drink water in the area or eat insects from that soil, as well as fish that live in contaminated waters. In addition, overuse of chemical pesticides contributes to the very pests targeted developing an immunity to poisons, resulting in the use of stronger pesticides to make them effective. Eating organic is also good for the local economy–buying directly from family farmers helps them stay in business. If eating organic is important to you, be sure to try restaurants like Cha Bella, Local 11ten, and 45 Bistro. Each one of these restaurants employ some of Savannah’s finest chefs who consistently work with the area’s freshest, tastiest, and environmentally friendliest ingredients available! Happy Eating!