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  • I'm switching over to organic veg and meats too. Why? There are just too many chemicals and hormones in conventional food.

    SacredAmulet mentions the early on set of puberty in girls, but that's only the beginning. Girls as young as 9 are having periods. There is (in the region of) 200% increase in hormon-related cancers - breast, cervix, testicular, prostrate etc. 1 in 7 couple are now infertile.

    . . . and that's just the hormonal side of things.

    There are lots of companies making lots of money by endangering our health.

  • I think there are so many more costy-effective ways to promote your health, that organic (being so expensive) comes way down the list of priorities.
  • I love this article. I hope it makes people more aware about not just good nutrition from fresh organic fruits and veggies, but also the environmental impact of pesticides.
  • I firmly believe that we are led to believe that conventionally grown food is good for us, especially meat and dairy, because of agribusiness and those special interests making a huge profit off of our health and that of the planet.

    I'm vegan, thus avoiding the meat and dairy issues, which are for sure the most disturbing. It is no coincidence that when girls drink more conventional milk, they have an earlier puberty than girls who drink organic milk or who are vegan. The average age for a vegan to have puberty is about 13. That would be considered normal in past times, before the advent of all these hormones they give to cows to make them produce more milk. Today, it's not uncommon for 10 year old girls to have their first period. I was 11, and drinking conventional milk at the time.

    These trends are disturbing.

    Organic food though is just way out of my budget range right now. I buy organic where I must, such as in the case of berries, however cannot spend $5 on a bag of frozen cherries.
    For a long time it was assumed that the amount of nutrition in vegetables was determined by the vegetable's genes not by the way it was grown; they working theory being that if the vegetables didn't have everything they need they wouldn't grow well. Because of this for the longest time organic and chemically grown vegetables were never compared.

    Organic vegetables often do have more vitamins but in addition they also have much higher levels of the phytochemical we know prevent disease. Plants use these chemicals to fight pests and infection and when they are not protected by chemical pesticides they produce more of their own chemicals.

    As far as climate change goes, the vast majority of climate scientists do believe that mankind's release of carbon into the environment from burning fossil fuels is changing our climate. The skeptics are the fringe view but they are so well funded by the industries who have the most to loose from carbon limits that many people think the jury is still out. Just like tobacco companies bankrolled any doctor or scientist who would say that tobacco isn't dangerous or harmful energy companies are bankrolling climate change skeptics.

    There is a difference between climate and weather. Anyone who doesn't understand this lacks the knowledge to have any kind of intelligent conversation about climate change.
  • Even if we have a blizzard, it doesn't discount the fact that the CLIMATE is changing. Just like just because, as SOME studies suggest that organic isn't any more nutritious as non organic (I am sure the studies that show that are paid for by the government or big chemical companies). I buy mostly LOCAL organics because I don't want to consume the man made products that are put on the food. Speaking of dumbing down the people, the government has been trying to hide all of this for the last century.
  • Organic is another reason to inflate prices on produce. The studies used to prove organic was better for you, were completed and sponsored by the Organic Center. Hmmm...seems a little bias to me.
  • Fight global warming????? First of all, Global Warming is a JOKE. Scientist know it, the weather shows it, but Al Gore wants to DUMB US DOWN, and take all we have , including our very breath....

    I have NO problem with buying organic, but NOT as a preventitive to "global Warming".
    There are not enough people on the planet to affect our planet that much.

  • 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". :)
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • Go see the movie 'FOOD INC.' --you will never look at food the same way again!
  • 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.
  • 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!

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