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SARAHANN32
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5/27/08 4:19 P

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I buy farmer's market local if available. In the store - depends on the veggie, I buy a lot of non-organic fruits and veggies because like another poster said - I peel them. Our local Hy-Vee is carrying a locally grown tomato which is AWESOME, pesticide free and dirt free too, so they can grow them all year in their green house, and taste amazing. It isn't in the "organic" section because it isn't 100% certified yet. But makes me happy - good for the environment and me :) and normal shoppers don't realize they are getting nearly organic because the price is the same. sneaky.....


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5/23/08 7:00 P

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Maybe the question should have been "what do you do?"

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

"Even on the days you just don't feel like going to work, you still go, right? It's the same with exercise." -Professional Volleyball Player Gabrielle Reece

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5/23/08 6:55 P

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The more I thought about that question, I thought, "better for WHAT"?

Better for my health? then organic all the way.
Non-organic produce SEEMS cheap because all the extras aren't paid for at the cash register: farmer subsidies, environmental land/water clean up, health issues from farmers using pesticides...

Better for the environment? then I am torn as excess residues can run off land and contaminate streams, yet there is a lot of air pollution for driving my produce from one end of the country to the other.

So I am torn with my own question. HA!
The best option would be to buy local organic. Problem solved. emoticon

"... and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Heb 12:1


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SUN_CLAY
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5/23/08 1:05 P

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That is kind of what I do too.

A friend of mine, who use to work for Whole Foods and has a lot of knowledge of this, said basically the same thing. She breaks it down like this:

Buy organic if you eat the skin. this is where the apples, grapes, strawberries fit in.

Organic is not so important on things you cut or peel the skin off of. like bananas and pineapples.

~melissa

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5/23/08 11:34 A

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I don't remember where I read it, but there was an article that said buy local where thick-skinned fruits/veg are concerned, like apples. Buy organic where thin-skinned fruits like grapes are concerned.

Thin skins supposedly allow more permeation of the membranes, and are easier to contaminate with pesticides.

So, I buy local apples, organic grapes, and organic greens. It's all a balancing act. I'm lucky that there is a lot of organic locally-grown produce near me in the summer months. During winter, it's a lot tougher.

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5/23/08 12:30 A

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Good Question!! I don't know what's better. I try to buy local or organic when I can, but sometimes it's not available or just too expensive. So I try to put my mind at ease about the pesticides and such, by reminding myself that I am making the best choices I possibly can afford. God will bless it, and it will nourish and fuel my body.


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SUN_CLAY
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5/22/08 10:34 P

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The Million dollar question!

It also comes down to price. I will buy local over organic if the price is right.

I go round and round with this myself.

~melissa

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

"Even on the days you just don't feel like going to work, you still go, right? It's the same with exercise." -Professional Volleyball Player Gabrielle Reece

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. - Emily Kimbrough

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea. --Isak Dinesen


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5/22/08 6:25 P

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Different veggies tend to carry different loads of pesticides, and some have very few if any, so for me, it would probably depend on just what vegetable.

At any rate, there's not that much organic offered in our local stores, so choice is pretty limited and I end up buying what's available and fresh looking, organic or not, travelled or not.

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5/22/08 6:14 P

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broken down, I would still choose the organic.

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5/22/08 5:57 P

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In your opinion, what do you think is better:

to eat organic foods (that travelled 1400 miles to your grocery store)?

or to eat locally grown foods (that used pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides...)?

"... and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Heb 12:1


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