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Why Go Organic?

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1/9/2010 4:02:21 PM

MALLOC's SparkPage
Its very easy for me to buy organic and general at the same or little more (sometimes cheaper!) than non-organic. Part of the charm of northern California.

For me its as simple as "tastes better". I believe in the other benefits, but I think they are more abstract than , "Yum,. this is good". :)
11/24/2009 3:57:10 PM

GETTO140's SparkPage
Organic tastes so much better! I'm not 100% organic as far as shopping goes, however, I do grow my own fuits and vegetables and I am an organic grower.
NJ_HOU
11/16/2009 1:49:21 PM

One other no-brainer reason to buy organic, the vendor must be VERY VERY TRICKY TO FOOL YOU. Organic also means the product is NOT suppoed to be sprayed, gassed, irradiated, waxed, et al to the food before you pick it up at your grocer. Furthermore , it is perfectly legal to give a little arsenic to chickens to keep the shells hard ... ta da ..... this is not part of the organic feed list. When you smell to see if the cantelope is ripe, you are not being hoodwinked - PERIOD. How many times have your purchased apples that were so old your kids wouldn't eat them - they're mushy!!!! -- or oranges that were actually dehydrated into which water had been soaked and the fruit was gassed to look orange. All these 'methods' are perfectly legal.
8/25/2009 11:46:47 AM

SUNNY4EVA's SparkPage
Has anyone read this article on organic food? It is a study that came out only a feww weeks ago and it confirmed that organic food does not have superior nutrients than the conventional counterparts? Here it the link.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/08/
19/organic.cooking.pv/index.html
8/12/2009 12:15:07 PM

WINGSOFCHANGE's SparkPage
Go see the movie 'FOOD INC.' --you will never look at food the same way again!
6/25/2009 8:24:47 PM

DREARK22's SparkPage
Just an update...when I was grocery shopping today I spoke with the butcher and he ordered organic chicken. They'll order a case of organic meat if you just ask! It only takes about a day to get in too.
6/25/2009 12:12:03 PM

DREARK22's SparkPage
I've recently starting eating more organic products and am amazed by how many organic products Krogers has started to carry. They not only have a whole organic produce section but also have organic products throughout the aisles that are not that much more (sometimes even cost less) then the regular products. I'm just waiting for them to start carrying organic meat in my area. Until then, I am limiting the amount of meat I eat and using more soy products. I used to be a vegetarian though so soy products are great to me!
6/15/2009 1:59:30 PM

BLKSWANN's SparkPage
I'm beginning my transition to organic food. I have migraine headaches and seasonal allergies. I'm working on going all natural in relieving some of my symptoms. I've found that the prices have gone down on many organic products. If more people begin to shop for the products the prices will go down.
CAROL_
6/1/2009 11:23:50 PM

I recently switched to all organic because of learning about GMO foods. I am very thrifty, so wouldn't consider it before now. I WISH I HAD DONE THIS 20 YEARS AGO, I can't believe what a difference it's making in my everyday life.
3/17/2009 9:41:40 AM

DUBGIRL418's SparkPage
My family lives paycheck to paycheck, and we recently decided to stop going out to eat so that we may buy all organic and all natural foods instead of the pesticide-infested and processed junk with artificial everything in it. I still can't believe how much better food--the way God intended it--tastes and it's so much healthier!
HAPPYWRITER7
3/4/2009 9:09:34 PM

I think organic is the way to go too, but it's soooo expensive. It makes me think alot, about how much more we pay for organic foods, and there are entire countries where only organic vegetables exist. No extra cost.
11/25/2008 6:42:24 PM

_VALEO_'s SparkPage
I agree with your article, and I've been eating organic food for more than 20 years. You might also have talked about GMOs and their consequences on us and on our environment, it could be a good reason to go organic too.
Please also note that the US use more pesticides due to GMOs (banned in Europe), and your agriculture also uses a pesticide banned in Europe (and actually sold to you by an european -Swiss- company).
8/20/2008 2:42:04 PM

GRAMIESUE's SparkPage
I went kicking and screaming into an organic diet. I was having severe problems with my Autoimmune system (arthritis, asthma , allergies) It was recommended that I start to keep a food journal by three different doctors (Allergist, Internal Medicine and Rheumatologist), because I just wasn't responding as well to conventional treatment and they felt there was something more going on with me. After doing some reading and having a very bad weekend, I started all organic. Although they didn't suggest the organic diet, all of my doctors were very supportive of the organic diet (to my initial dismay) and encouraged me to continue with this organic diet as they continued to monitor and do further allergy and blood testing. We have found that I have some pretty significant environmental and food allergies. One of my allergies is to a perservative that is used in food. I can't hardly believe it myself, but I can't even begin to tell you how much better I am feeling. This is silly, I know, so don't blast me for it, but sometimes it made me mad that I was feeling better, because, yes, organic foods are expensive. But, I feel so blessed that I have found something other than a pill that will give me relief. The pills may be in my future, but if I can hold them off with eating better food for a while, I am just that much better off. Also, I find that I am a much better consumer. I don't overbuy. I plan more. I also find that my produce lasts longer and so I am not throwing away food as much. When this first started, my husband and I agreed that I would be the only family member to eat the organic to save money. That didn't last long. The whole family love the flavor and taste of the organic foods and we are pretty much all organic.
7/19/2008 5:12:49 PM

SUNNIEDAES's SparkPage
I live in Waterloo, Ontario and have my organic fruits and veggies delivered to my kitchen. I don't find it any more expensive than buying at the grocery store and love it that I'm buying locally grown produce and can have it delivered. I love that even more in the winter when I can't get out as much because of a walking disablilty. I can also add other things to my purchase such as organic meats, milk, baking goods, nuts, seeds, beans. It's all in how you look at the price. You might pay a little more for some things, such as meat, but just look at how much we spend on fast food or how about comparing the cost of a bag of potato chips with a bag of fresh, organic potatoes. I think it comes down to what is more important to each person. I also agree with the comment about food co-ops. A great place to purchase healthy foods and meet others with the same thoughts.

Blessings all, Bonnie
REDRAIDERASHLEY
6/3/2008 11:13:30 PM

I have seen many people leave comments regarding the "high" price of organic produce, however I have not seen a huge difference unless you are buying "exotic" fruits and vegetables. I'm a broke college student paying for my own school, but I have found ways to cheaply buy organic, and stay in my budget. Here's a couple tips if you're looking to go organic..

1. Look for USDA certified organic farmer's markets or co-ops. I live in Houston, and go to the Central City Co-Op where they have locally grown organic produce, and the prices are MUCH MUCH less than a grocery store or Whole Foods. Also look for regular farmer's markets, not only is it fresher than the grocer, but you can usually bargain with the seller.

2. Buy organic in the things you use the most!

3. Look for sales, trust me, they're out there! Because the rise of going "green" organic produce is highly available, and the prices are coming done.

I do not necessarily live an all-organic, green lifestyle, but I feel that organic meat,milk, and produce do taste better! Good luck, and Happy Losing!

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