Why go organic?

6 May


I have to admit, I don’t get it.  But I do believe I CONSCIOUSLY don’t get it!  Meaning, I have purposefully avoided all the information out there – if I don’t know about it, it can’t bother me!  But my curiosity has finally gotten the best of me! 

So why do you buy organic?  (or why don’t you?)  More specifically, why should I?  I was raised on homegrown vegetables and know that they taste SOO much better and that they are better for you, but when you compare the quality and taste with the cost and convenience, cost and convenience seem to take precedent in my house.  MOST of the time.  So what makes you choose quality and taste?  Why do you buy organic?

6 Responses to “Why go organic?”

  1. Gabrielle May 7, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    Please, please learn more. Some good resources–watch Food Inc, read anything by Michael Pollan, read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Kingslover.

    Not all organic is created equal. I prefer to buy locally made products whenever I can because I have access to the producers and growers. I can ask them questions about what chemicals they use and in what circumstances. Most farmers at our local farmers markets do not use pesticides or herbicides, essentially growing their foods with organic measures. The organic label is a costly undertaking for farmers, and many do not have that certification.

    For mainstream products, I prefer organics because it means that chemical pesticides and herbicides weren’t used, anitbiotics and growth hormones weren’t used, and no GMOs were chosen. When I purchase organics won’t be any HFCS in my child’s food. We are by no means exclusive users of organics, but we do try to buy many if not most of our foods as organic. You can do it on a budget, too!

    We try to focus on the big 10 for organics. Some foods have higher pesticide and herbicide use than others. Most of the apples we buy are organic, but we don’t buy bananas that are organic because they are lower on the risk list.

    Frugally Farming Family had a great article not that long ago about purchasing organics on a budget. You might ask her permission to reprint as a guest post. Hannah’s pretty easy going, and I bet she’d be open to that.

  2. Gabrielle May 8, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    This is from a newsletter that I receive:
    Yesterday the President’s Cancer Panel released a report that is nothing less than monumental for the organic food movement.
    It urges consumers to choose food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and growth hormones to decrease their exposure to chemicals that can increase their risk of developing cancer.
    This landmark report by a prestigious mainstream scientific panel is recognition at the highest level that the chemicals present in our environment have direct and serious consequences for human health — especially for children, who are far more susceptible to damage from environmental chemical exposures than adults.
    It was submitted to President Obama by Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Jr., an oncologist and professor of surgery at Howard University, and Dr. Margaret L. Kripke, an immunologist at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Established in 1971, the President’s Cancer Panel is a respected, conservative panel of three experts from the mainstream of scientific and medical thinking. One seat is currently vacant; both panel members who submitted the report were originally appointed by former President George W. Bush.
    “We wanted to let people know that we’re concerned, and that they should be concerned,” Professor Leffall told the New York Times.
    It’s likely that industry interests will come out harshly against the report, and that there will be loud political wrangling over what to do about it. But with statistics showing that 41% of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, and that some cancers are actually becoming more common — especially in children — it would seem that the report’s recommendation of immediate action coupled with future prudence in the approval and use of environmental chemicals would be an easy middle road to take.
    Why choose organic?
    You’ve heard it from us before, and we’ll keep saying it: When you buy organic produce, you’re choosing food grown without synthetic chemicals, using sustainable farming methods that protect the environment. Eating organic helps reduce your dietary exposure to pesticide residues — which is especially important for children, whose developing bodies are particularly vulnerable.
    The full 240-page report is available online at:

    Click to access PCP_Report_08-09_508.pdf

    • adventuresinmomville May 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

      Wow, very interesting! Thanks for all the great information! I hope to check out the other resources you suggested soon.

  3. Margaret Slattery May 8, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    You might also look at farmer’s markets for the “certified naturally grown”–a good local alternative to organic. To get started on a few products that you might buy organic, check out “the new dirty dozen list” and pick something from there.

  4. Margaret Slattery May 9, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    You inspired me to post my two cents on organic. Please check it out: http://bluefrogcreations.blogspot.com/2010/05/new-dirty-dozen.html

  5. adventuresinmomville May 9, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    wow! that really breaks it down for me! thanks! After looking at the list of the dirty dozen, it seems that only 6 of those are foods i buy on a regular basis. Very do-able! Why risk it if you only have to splurge on a handful of foods! Better to be safe than sorry!

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