(Closed) How important do you think it is to eat organic?

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: How much of a priority is eating / buying organic?
    I think it is very important. : (49 votes)
    29 %
    I don't really worry about it. : (83 votes)
    50 %
    I think it is somewhat important. : (35 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    857 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Its not that I see anything wrong with it, I just think that it isn’t necessary. Ironically, my brother-in-law is starting a company that will run a premium, organic branded beef program (ie: the meat is traced back to the producer, not “branding” perse, so please no lectures :)).

    Post # 4
    169 posts
    Blushing bee

    Your options are too polar.

    I think it is important, but not imperative. Honestly, on my meager student budget there is no way I could eat an all-organic diet. I would rather focus on eating fresh, whole foods because I can afford that.

    Also, there are so many products that are labeled organic, but so highly processed that I think it negates the benefits of being organic (i.e. chips, crackers, etc.). Hansen’s sells a brand of “organic” waters for kids :/

    And I just want to put this out there, just because you eat organic, does not mean you are eating HEALTHY! Just because your cheese flavored chips are organic does not mean they are good for you.

    Post # 5
    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @nut9108: LOL how is water NOT organic


    To answer OP’s question, if it’s packaged food I usually don’t care if it’s organic or not. However if we’re talking about eggs/fruit/veggies/meats I try to find things that are organic/pesticide free.

    Post # 6
    169 posts
    Blushing bee

    @Miss Steinbeck: It is “lightly flavored” water so I assume they are referring to the slight traces of fruit that flavored the water as organic? Either way I call rip-off :p

    Post # 7
    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @nut9108: LOL so ridiculous! If a person’s kids doesn’t drink “plain” water, they have bigger issues than needing organic water.

    Post # 8
    14492 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We do whenever possible.  We have friends with organic farms, so we get some from them.  With Trader Joes open, it is alot more affordable than it was.

    Post # 9
    706 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We eat as much organic/pesticide free as much as possible.  All of our fruits/veggies are purchased at the local farmers market.  Whether or not the farms are “certified” organic, many are pesticide-free, which is fine with us.  We also used to be members of a CSA, which was FABULOUS, however expensive for us right now. 

    I agree with the above comments that things like crackers/cookies/etc that are labelled organic are things that we don’t pay attention to.  For us, the more important thing is to eat fresh, local, and natural.  Thus, we actually have stopped buying processed food altogether, regardless of whether its “organic” or not.  If it comes in a box, it doesn’t come home with us!

    We eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, bulk grains like millet, quinoa, brown rice, lots of beans and lentils.  Also a general rule, if something has more than a handful of ingredients/has ingredients that we can’t pronounce, we don’t buy it.  We don’t buy sodas/juices; we exclusively drink water, milk, tea/coffee.  We bake our own bread. Meat is a luxury, and we’ll have chicken or turkey once a week and fish (wild-caught, Alaskan fish) once a week. 

    Post # 10
    169 posts
    Blushing bee

    @melisandescott: They say to use the “5-ingredient” rule. If there are more than 5 ingredients listed you shouldn’t buy it. Or another one is the “great-grandma” rule. If your great-grandmother would not recognize an ingredient you shouldn’t be eating it.

    Post # 11
    706 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @nut9108:  Thats the general rule we follow.  For the most part, it doesn’t come into play, since we don’t buy really any processed stuff. But there are somethings that we’ll splurge on that will have more than five good, natural ingredients.  But yea…the great-grandma rule is great.  Especially when you think about the corn derivatives that are in foods.

    I was at Michael’s not too long ago, and was standing next to the impulse candy display, so I picked up something to look at (ICEE gel candy…they just looked gross) and was disgusted to see not a SINGLE ingredient that would be considered ‘food.’  I don’t even remember sugar; i think it was all HFCS.

    Post # 12
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We put eating local above organic, though we try to do both if possible. We’re members of a CSA, which is actually a very good value for the money here. When it comes to the “dirty dozen” buying organic is important to us, but otherwise not so much. I also garden and get veggies from the backyard, we’ll add chemical fertilizer on rare occasion and avoid pesticides.

    Ultimately, if the world’s farmers grew all our produce organically we couldn’t grow enough food with the resources we have. Right now, the world has a food distribution problem, with all organics it would be a food supply problem.

    Post # 13
    1726 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I definitely try for local above certified organic, especially when it comes to produce, but for anything processed, going with organic is virtually the only way to guarantee that it won’t have GMO ingredients. I am very concerned with GMO foods. (lol @ the organic water though, btw.. 🙂

    Post # 14
    3563 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I have to say, I don’t really make much of an effort to eat local or organic. It’s more expensive, and quite frankly, having things like “Organic cocoa puffs” exist makes me more skeptical of the whole thing. Maybe I’ll feel differently once I’m pregnant/have kids.

    Post # 15
    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We are members of an organic CSA and we buy organic meat whenever we have the option.  So, at home – we tend to eat 75% organic. At restaurants though, we obviously can’t control it, so our diets as a whole are probably only 50% organic.

    Post # 16
    5147 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I eat some organic food. I think organic meat is more important than organic fruits/veggies. I wish I could eat all organic, but it’s so expensive!

    I also try to remember the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen”. Though I don’t always buy the organic versions of the “Dirty Dozen”.

    I think first priority should be eating fresh or frozen real food; not food-like substances.  Then, if you can afford it, look into organic food options.


    2010 “Dirty Dozen” (buy these organic if possible)





    Domestic blueberries


    Sweet bell peppers

    Spinach, kale and collard greens



    Imported grapes



    2010 “Clean Fifteen” (these don’t need to be organic)



    Sweet corn



    Sweet peas


    Kiwi fruit






    Sweet potatoes

    Sweet onions

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