I still believe that when given the choice a person is better off choosing organic over conventional unless you are aware of the certain produce items that are grown with minimum or no pesticides There's a chart on that too. Some things aren't worth paying the organic premium for because the conventionally grown ones are safe. You gotta know which ones though because some things, like peaches, apples, spinach and lettuce for example are LOADED with toxic stuff.
When I posted on the other thread concerning the GMO labeling and organic twisting by big corp, I was mainly referring to the way food is processed and handled.
A lovely, happy cow can graze on an organically maintained pasture and beautiful, highly nutritious milk will come out. Okay, good so far. Then that top-of-the-line milk is put into a big tanker, mixed with milk from other organic farms, trucked off to a processing facility where it is ultra-pasteurized, homogenized and turned into something our bodies simply can't digest. Other organic and ultra-pasteurized/homogenized dairy products on the grocery store shelves are then mixed with all kinds of other ingredients to make products that are shelf stable, sugary and convenient to the uneducated public. Look at most "organic" yogurts for example. Yogurt should contain only milk and culture...period. There are a gizillion other examples of perfectly healthy organic produce items that are turned into absolute junk. Like many protein bars for another example...isolated whey protein being just one shoddy ingredient...sheeese.
Stick to organic and stick to plain, un-refined foods--shop around the edges of the store, buy and freeze or put it up in some way, local, organic produce when it is in season. Get to know suppliers. But do buy organic whenever you can. Support the good farmers. Support local.
We... ahem, my dh, goes through a LOT of half & half for his tea every day. I do not buy organic half & half but I buy a local dairy brand that supplies all the smaller and independent grocery stores and convenience stores here in the NW. This dairy does not ultra-pasteurize their dairy products and they do not use growth hormones. These are things to look for.
Most of the milk I buy is from a neighbor and it is raw. That is the milk we drink and what I use to make cheese. I understand that there aren't many people who have this option. Keep looking for it; it's out there. And don't believe the scare tactics of the raw-milk-is-dangerous-crowd. They just don't know and they are promoting more government/industry control to the food we eat. www.realmilk.com/where03.html
Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 10/22/2012 (19:39)
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