I went kicking and screaming into an organic diet. I was having severe problems with my Autoimmune system (arthritis, asthma , allergies) It was recommended that I start to keep a food journal by three different doctors (Allergist, Internal Medicine and Rheumatologist), because I just wasn't responding as well to conventional treatment and they felt there was something more going on with me. After doing some reading and having a very bad weekend, I started all organic. Although they didn't suggest the organic diet, all of my doctors were very supportive of the organic diet (to my initial dismay) and encouraged me to continue with this organic diet as they continued to monitor and do further allergy and blood testing. We have found that I have some pretty significant environmental and food allergies. One of my allergies is to a perservative that is used in food. I can't hardly believe it myself, but I can't even begin to tell you how much better I am feeling. This is silly, I know, so don't blast me for it, but sometimes it made me mad that I was feeling better, because, yes, organic foods are expensive. But, I feel so blessed that I have found something other than a pill that will give me relief. The pills may be in my future, but if I can hold them off with eating better food for a while, I am just that much better off. Also, I find that I am a much better consumer. I don't overbuy. I plan more. I also find that my produce lasts longer and so I am not throwing away food as much. When this first started, my husband and I agreed that I would be the only family member to eat the organic to save money. That didn't last long. The whole family love the flavor and taste of the organic foods and we are pretty much all organic.
I live in Waterloo, Ontario and have my organic fruits and veggies delivered to my kitchen. I don't find it any more expensive than buying at the grocery store and love it that I'm buying locally grown produce and can have it delivered. I love that even more in the winter when I can't get out as much because of a walking disablilty. I can also add other things to my purchase such as organic meats, milk, baking goods, nuts, seeds, beans. It's all in how you look at the price. You might pay a little more for some things, such as meat, but just look at how much we spend on fast food or how about comparing the cost of a bag of potato chips with a bag of fresh, organic potatoes. I think it comes down to what is more important to each person. I also agree with the comment about food co-ops. A great place to purchase healthy foods and meet others with the same thoughts.
Blessings all, Bonnie
6/3/2008 11:13:30 PM
I have seen many people leave comments regarding the "high" price of organic produce, however I have not seen a huge difference unless you are buying "exotic" fruits and vegetables. I'm a broke college student paying for my own school, but I have found ways to cheaply buy organic, and stay in my budget. Here's a couple tips if you're looking to go organic..
1. Look for USDA certified organic farmer's markets or co-ops. I live in Houston, and go to the Central City Co-Op where they have locally grown organic produce, and the prices are MUCH MUCH less than a grocery store or Whole Foods. Also look for regular farmer's markets, not only is it fresher than the grocer, but you can usually bargain with the seller.
2. Buy organic in the things you use the most!
3. Look for sales, trust me, they're out there! Because the rise of going "green" organic produce is highly available, and the prices are coming done.
I do not necessarily live an all-organic, green lifestyle, but I feel that organic meat,milk, and produce do taste better! Good luck, and Happy Losing!
We say we cannot afford to go organic but we can afford to buy the latest electronic gadgets like the I-phone that costs $400 a pop or the latest designer clothing or shoes. We spend lots of money on entertainment like sporting events and concerts that we will wait hours or even camp out and wait weeks for. Can we really afford to have children? Can we really afford the high gas prices we pay? Can we afford that Starbucks or that sportscar to zoom around town in? Can we really afford taxes? I could go on and on. We all do what have to do and we find a way to do what we want to do. It's all a matter of where our priorities are. We should invest inselves and our planet just as we invest in other things of necessity and pleasure. Look at it as an investment in yourself, in your children, in your environment...If we are healthy and vibrant we can enjoy those pleasures in life. If we save the planet our children and their children will have the enjoyment we have know. We all will pay in the long run. Do you want to pay now and be healthy and live a long life or do you want to live imprisoned in a unhealthy body, sick and miserable. I would rather pay now with health than pay hospital bills or pay with my life and cause my family to suffer taking care of me and then loosing me to my ill choices. Makes you think,hmmmm...
As a health care provider, I am not sure the literature on this subject is as conclusive as you lead us to believe in this article. However, it is not felt to be harmful to eat organic (except maybe to your wallet). I have not switched over but if prices equalize, I may.
1/30/2008 6:54:48 PM
I think buying local is more important than buying organic, particularly if the food has travelled many miles to get to the supermarket.
thank you for writing the article. I hope the people that do not think they can't afford it or think it is a bunch of hype really should look at the quality of the food they are eating. when they do eat organic. Just think of the lead alone in no organic produce. Its scary.
I buy as much organic as I can - and in the summer we have a large garden where everything is grown organically. At the grocery store though, sometimes it is very disheartening to see significant price differences, and sometimes organic just doesn't fit the budget. When forced to choose I remember something I read (sorry, not ready source) that if you can only buy some organic focus on the stuff with edible skins because you'd be more likely to ingest pesticides/herbacides from the skins.
I agree, Trader Joes is the place to shop for organic food. I grew up on a far where a majority of our vegetables were grown in the garden without pesticides and I can REALLY taste the difference between conventionally grown produce and organic. It's funny how people are resistant to switch to organic because it sounds all new-fangled but in reality it's the type of food our grandparents really were eating. I wish it wasn't so much more expensive because eating all of those chemicals can not be a good idea.
1/30/2008 1:21:25 PM
I noticed that feeding my children organic fruits and veggies they get sick less, but they also don't eat GE food either. It just tasted better organic. They say if you can't afford organic then buy what you eat most organic. Also Trader Joe's has great prices on organic.
I don't usually buy organic in the grocery store, but I am a member of a CSA so in the summer a lot of my produce is locally grown and sometimes even picked by me! Some things don't taste too different, but tomatoes especially and most greens really taste better when they were in the field the morning you get them.
Thanks for an informative article. I just rec'd my weekly delivery (right to my kitchen table) of organic veggies and fruit this morning. I don't find it expensive at all ( and our finances are really tight), even with delivery, and I've been doing this for almost a year now. Because I don't want to waste any of it, it causes me to eat more veggies and fruit before my next delivery. So good for us! Also, we receive an occasional veggie we've never heard of or tried before. Anyone ever hear of mitzuma? I've just started getting organic, multigrain bread (now that's a bit pricey) and dried beans. I plan to continue widening my organic purchases to include flour, grains, etc. I also buy only free range eggs and hope to start buying hormone/drug free chicken. I did buy a hormone/drug free turkey for Thanksgiving last year. Now that was a real OUCH in the wallet. It is such a good feeling to know that I'm providing good, healthy and nutritional food for my family and at the same time really working towards lessening our ecological footprint on our beloved planet.
Also, shop the local farmers markets. You'll be eating locally grown food and supporting small, local farms. Sometimes, even if they aren't Certified Organic, they are still organically grown without all the chemicals. Plus, it's much more fun to shop from those who actually grow the food.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer last month (Dec 07), and have since then wondered if I wasn't an example of how the hormones and chemicals pumped into the food supply since "better living through chemistry" became a Madison Ave. mantra have impacted the bodies of three generations. The boomer generation was the first to grow up with a high preponderance of processed foods - I think we've reaped the whirlwind, and need to lead the charge back to clean, locally-grown foods.
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