I purchase all my basic foods organic. These include:
grains: bread, cereal, rice, beans.
dairy: milk, cheese, butter, yogurt.
meat: beef (ground only as the others are too expensive) and chicken.
fruits/vegetables: lettuce, tomatoes (fresh and canned), berries, apples, and lemons.
spices: all dried spices and fresh garlic
Other: mustard, ketchup, and jam.
I purchase anything else organic that I can afford.
Exceptions: I eat local/in season vegetables, even if they are not organic,
and I do NOT purchase organic foods from Mexico or China.
08/19/2010 - 9:17am
Yes, I buy organic. I have a 4 year old daughter, and after doing a little research over food and health, I started shopping a little more in the organic section. At first I found organic food to be a bit expensive, but after reading articles that suggested organic food was healthier, contained more vitamins, and had the least amount of pesticides, I decided that spending a little extra money on organic food was a great investment. I find that in the society that we live in today, we tend to put more effort and spend more money on our clothing, cars, and handbags, than we do for our bodies. I also feel great knowing that I am supporting farmers that decided to take the risk to turn their farm land into an organic farm. Its very expensive and a lot of hard work for a farmer that grows organic produce. I have to say that I am satisfied with my conversion to organic. And also I find the taste of organic fruits and vegetables richer than commercial produce. Thank you EATING WELL for providing your readers with such educational and helpful information. It makes a difference.
08/12/2010 - 8:59am
I try to buy organic chicken and eggs. I also stay away from soybean products unless they are organic. I was using soybean oil for all my frying needs and my health started to go down the drain. I love breaded and fried eggplant and ate it often but noticed getting weak and tired all the time. I took my vitamins as usual but still kept getting weaker. It wasn't till I looked on the bottle of my vegetable oil and all it said was soybean oil. I was raised on a farm and know what it takes to keep soybeans bug free. I eliminated that oil from my cooking and my strength and energy is coming back. I still eat my eggplant but a different oil. My red eyes cleared up too and I don't drink alcohol. I will only eat corn that has a silkworm in it this way I know it is not GMO. Some can say any lie they choose but I have children who get ill on GMO corn. I can't digest it. I bought a couple hybrid tomato plants last year and they hardly grew plus the plant and veggies got some kind of fungus and rotted next to my unhybrid plants. It was amazing. My friends and they are many know that we are being poisond and we may eat less but it is organic for us as much as possible. Watch Food Inc. for a real eye opener.
04/28/2010 - 10:21pm
To Ms. Micco,
A profitably informative article but with the usual anomalies among news writing, to wit:
The London School claims no difference between organic and non-organically produced food with your subsequent conclusion "End of story? I don't think so" which implies you disagree and, sure enough, the remainder of the article supports your skepticism with three studies claiming a difference in favor of organically produced food. YET, you, THEN say "The jury is still out." Now, you're equivocating.
Plus, the "Organic Center" is not identified beyond this generic name.
03/25/2010 - 6:11am
When can we consumer have the right to know which product is from GMO or not? I do not mind to buy some conventional products if they are not from GMO. When is the FDA willing to put labels on what products that is from GMO and what products is not from GMO?
03/20/2010 - 2:14pm
O.K., This is interesting stuff. I am looking into eating more of a all natural/ organic diet and we are in the middle of switching our cattle opertion to an all natural forage finished type of operation. I can see both sides of this story pretty clearly I feel from the pesticides to the comments of GMO's. I am not only inviolved in some production Agriculture I sell seed to farmers for a living and understand the necessity and value of raising a quality crop to feed a growing world population that is becoming less self sustaining everyday. One thought on the nutritive level of a organic vs. a conventional is this; a conventional peice of produce is nearly always harvested before it is fully mature where as most organic is harvested when it is more fully mature, what makes the organic have more oppritunity to be a healthier more nutritient dense peice of produce is that being harvested later in the maturing process lets more photosynthesis occur and that allows more energy to produce more nutients , flavor, sugars, etc.... most of the good things in produce come at late in the maturing process . Now on the GMO comment from another blogger. One thing you need to realize is that most of what you are seeing in terms of "mutant" plants is not the result of the traits or fertilzers or pesticdes (these things help raise a crop and help it reach its genetic potential) it is because of the GENETICS of the plants, these plants are living creatures and through breeding techniques plant breeders can do some amazing things with germ plasm and cross pollination to have what you would think is a freak but in reality it is a plant that has been bred to have those certain charectaristics.It would be like taking two great athletes and they had children, those kids would probably be great athletes vs. a set of parents that were average, you may think that those other kids were freaks but it is genetics and inherited traits that allow them to be great.
03/20/2010 - 10:48am
I work in the Ag Indusry, to be more specific I sell seed to farmers but I have really been looking into eating a diet with more all natural and organic in it. The conclusions I come up with is that so much of the conventional produce is harvested so early it cannot aqiure enough photosynthesis to finishing it's developement of nutrients or flavor or sugars. These are obtained in the last part of a crop maturing (very late). Many of the organics are harvested at a more mature stage so they would have those things missing from a conventional counterpart. Also I have noticed that in some convantionally grown crops thed application of certain pesticides can set back growth so maybe that has something to do with nutrient developement. Also are these studies comparing produce raised from the same area, harvested on the same day, etc.... I have seen so much skewed data in my career because these things that some people think aren't significant really are, and make huge differences in results. Another thing we must keep in mind is that we will always have to have pesticides and commercial fertilizers and all those things associated with modern day Agriculture, as the world populations continue to grow and people continue to become less self sustaining everyday we need to feed them and those products will play a large role in doing so.
03/20/2010 - 10:11am
I am curious about how much research you have done regarding the effects of pesticides and other destructive practices of conventional farming upon the soil, air and water quality - the Earth in general.
Too, organic farmers, because they care to, follow strict ethical guidelines regarding how fresh and therefore nutritious their produce is. Most importantly, they care about what the broad ramifications of their farming practices have upon the Earth and all her lifeforms.
The Earth will eventually rid human kind to right herself ; the Earth will eventually regenerate but your progeny will be gone. There is ample scientific evidence in place supporting this.
There is a critical, overdue need for human beings to practice sustainability, if indeed we want to see our progeny living here.
Sadly, most conventional farmers do not remotely practice this as the main goal with all business, including industrialized farming, is profit without ethical consideration.
It is quite doable to achieve short term goals like a food budget you can live with and practice sustainability at the same time.
I don't know about you, but I'd like to see my grandchildren and beyond be able to enjoy and take care of this beautiful Mother of ours, Earth.
03/19/2010 - 2:33pm
Most studies only look a certian aspects of organic vs convential foods. Such that for the studies mentioned above organic food may contain more Zinc and other minor nutrients but the article doesn't say what nutrients are higher in convential foods than in organic. There is usually a balancing effect between the two, organic is high in one nutrient yet convential is high in another.
Also, organic food is sprayed with pesticides and most likely is sprayed more times throughout the year than convential foods because organic pesticides are not as effective as convential pesticides. So even though organic pesticides are usually more safe on a unit per unit basis compared to convential pesticides, more organic spray is required to get the same effect as convential spray. This doesn't make the pesticides more safe if they are used in such large quantities. To go along with a previous comment on pesticides in the environment, copper sulfate is used as an organic spray and is one of the most oftenly used in organics. There have been some cases in organic agriculture where so much copper is used that the copper content in the soil reaches toxic levels and plant growth becomes hindered due to copper toxicity. Organic does not equal pesticide free!
If you want to eat healthier, eating local is the best way because as soon as the fruit or vegetable is picked there are processes in the fruit/vegetable that start to degrade the nutrients, some at astonishing rates. So a carrot from across the states will have many less nutrients by the time it reaches you because of travel time than one harvested locally because it doesn't have to take as much time to reach you. The combinations of what you eat are also important because of the interactions happening between the food in your stomach can hinder or benefit nutrient uptake into your body. One such beneficial interaction is drinking orange juice and eating broccoli will increase your iron uptake more than just eating broccoli alone.