- 9 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
Super interested in what you all think.
Super interested in what you all think.
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 :)).
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.
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.
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.
@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.
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.
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.. 🙂
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.
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.
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)
Sweet bell peppers
Spinach, kale and collard greens
2010 “Clean Fifteen” (these don’t need to be organic)
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