POLL: Organic Food

Do you eat organic foods?


DH was sick recently and spent his time watching Food Inc and Kill It, Cook It, and Eat it and is now asking me to change our cooking/eating habits.  I am fully supportive of eating healthier and with less meat but at the same time, going organic is not cheap.  What are your thoughts?  Do you eat organic foods and can you tell the difference? 

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 6:57 am
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I try to eat mostly organic. Organic meat is harder to transition too because of the cost.

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 1:43 pm
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I buy organic produce, but not meat.  I just can't bring myself to spend that much.  I stick to the fruits, veggies and milk.  To be honest, I don't think I can really tell the difference, just the fact that "I know" it's organic.

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm
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We try to eat mostly organic fruit, veggies, and dairy and wild caught fish (try to stay away from farm raised).


Some things you can taste a difference (like fresh, organic tomatoes vs regular store bought); other things it's more of matter of knowing you are not eating toxic chemicals and pesticides.  


If you want to get the most bang for your buck, take a look at this list of the "Dirty Dozen Foods", including:


 



  1. Celery

  2. Peaches

  3. Strawberries

  4. Apples

  5. Blueberries

  6. Nectarines

  7. Bell Peppers

  8. Spinach

  9. Kale

  10. Cherries

  11. Potatoes

  12. Grapes


You can also check out The Daily Green's list of fruit and vegetables so clean of pesticides you don't have to buy organicRead more...



Includes:


  1. Onion

  2. Avocado

  3. Sweet Corn

  4. Pineapple

  5. Mango

  6. Asparagus

  7. Sweet Peas

  8. Kiwi

  9. Cabbage

  10. Eggplant

  11. Papaya

  12. Watermelon

  13. Broccoli

  14. Tomato

  15. Sweet Potato


HTH!

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm
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Oh wow! Thanks Jenzie!

I do want to start eating organic meats because I'm more freaked out by the use of growth hormones and all that junk. If I can still save elsewhere I just might bite the bullet and pay the premium for organic meats. It's just frustrating that it's so expensive to eat healthily.
Posted on January 17, 2011 at 12:24 am
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I try to eat organic as much as possible.  To make it easier, I use a delivery service (Spud) for my beef and produce.  It is definitely pricier, but its easy to afford/justify for two people.


I order all our chicken (and sometimes turkey or eggs) from a local organic/free range farm that delivers to local areas (home delivery).  I have done a cost analysis based on their charges for 10lbs of chicken compared to two grocery stores...on average I only pay $3 more for 10lbs.  We have a chest freezer in the basement where we keep all the chicken and this opportunity makes organic easy and affordable.


Have you read Alicia Silverstone's Kind Diet book?  There are lot's of tips and recipes, if you are interested.

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 12:35 am
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I try to inject as much organic into our diet as possible. Certain produce items (mostly those on the list jenzie posted), milk and dairy products, and meats (but I don't eat a lot of meat, so it's easier), are the things I focus on. I really can only tell the difference in taste with milk, and a few produce items (presumably because of the improved soil quality and the level of ripeness at which they're harvested). Tomatoes are waaaay better organic!


But yes, it's a lot more expensive to buy this way. I think it won't always be this way if eating organic becomes more of the norm. However, Americans pay a significantly smaller percentage of their incomes for food than citizens of other, healthier, countries; primarily because the food industry has distilled all the nutrition and value out of our food in order to make it cheaper to produce and sell, and to make the shelf life longer. Our expectations of food cost will have to be adjusted if organic is to take hold on a much larger scale.


I have noticed that I save money buying local (vs. just buying organic at a grocery chain), when the farmer's markets are operating. I guess the lack of transportation costs help the prices.


I'm reading "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" by Michael Pollan. I think it's a good read, especially to understand the less visible reasons to go organic, local, and seasonal. It's definitely not just pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics...

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 3:44 am
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Watch The world according to Monsanto...very scary movie. Our family has been eating organic for about 4 years. During the summer we grow our own veggies and fruit we belong to a csa too. We get our meat from a local organic farm that delivers the meat fresh to order. I dehydrate my summer surplus and freeze. During the winter We buy organic produce to get some fresh veggies in too. I bake my own bread and make nearly everything from scratch...Its a lot of work but I feel it makes my family healthier.

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 6:01 am
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I watched those movies and wanted to change immediately. We did for a little bit, but just can't afford to buy organic all the time. I wish we could. You can definitely taste a difference!

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 8:32 am
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Excellent points, @GatorBride and I couldn't agree with you more!


The only meat I eat is fish, so you're right that does simplify things a bit.  We're also planning our own garden for this summer (finally bought a house with a yard and it's one of the things we're most excited about).  That really helps if you want to eat healthy, seasonal produce, but don't want to pay grocery store prices for organic.


It's good that people are thinking about these things -- not just for their own health, but also for the health (and sustainability) of the environment. :-)

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 11:09 am
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we try to as much as possible and got more strict when i became pregnant. i didnt want to feed my baby junk filled with antibiotics. we buy organic if it comes from an animal and try to go as much as we can with the fruits and veggies. its pricey but worth it.

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 7:27 am
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We buy organic when we can.  As far as produce, meat, and dairy, we do the most we can afford, and follow a list fairly close to Jenzie's about what organics are "important."


For other items (cereal, baking stuff, etc.) we buy what we can, and don't fret when we don't.


I care most about the meat and dairy personally.

Posted on February 6, 2011 at 9:24 am
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Look into a farm co-op in your area... Here (NH so farms are pretty plentiful) you can buy into a farm for a certain ammount of money every month and then pick up (or some deliver) produce and meat.

Posted on February 25, 2011 at 8:16 am
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as far as possible, i want organic food.

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 6:31 pm
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I used to nanny for a family that ate all organic food. I did all of their grocery shopping and will say they had a much higer grocry bill then my family every time. While I try to buy organic food you have to make sure it is within your famiy's budget.

Posted on March 17, 2012 at 11:03 am
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We get our meat from a local farm shop that doesnt use hormones and we grow a lot of our own fruit & veggies, its only things like bananas & pineapple that I usually have to buy and if i dont see organic ones in the store I'm not worried because we eat so much that is hormone free/home grown

Posted on March 18, 2012 at 6:50 am
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We try too but it is expensive. We do only drink organic milk because of the taste.
Posted on April 1, 2012 at 11:21 am
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I try to get most of our vegetables from the farmer's market. I also try to do all of our meats/poultry/fish organic. I only drink coconut milk and in terms of yogurt, we only buy Greek yogurt (the Greek brand, not the Yoplait imitation stuff, lol). 


My total goal is to be buying everything organic/locally grown. Right now we're in the process of transitioning so I do as much as I can. When I'm not working and can be home to cook, it'll be much easier. Unfortunately because I don't get home until after 6, we tend to get pretty lazy with dinner. 


 

Posted on April 2, 2012 at 5:18 am

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