organic food vs non-organic

By 4mouseketeers Latest Reply 2014-06-20 10:39:34 -0500
Started 2014-06-19 16:29:59 -0500

I don't normally watch Dr. Oz but did see some of it today.
Just wondering if it better to pay more for organic products when available or
go for cheaper prices with non-organic. I live in an apartment so growing my
own is no longer an option. As far as I can see at the grocery stores I shop at
there is only a small selection of fruits/vegetables/some frozen products that claim
to be organic. And they do cost more…

7 replies

GabbyPA 2014-06-20 10:39:34 -0500 Report

In my perfect world, I would eat only organic non-gmo foods made with 5 ingredients or less or just whole. But I don't live there. I am finding that regular grocery store prices are catching up to organic. So I buy it when I can. Like steve said, if you know the ones to shop for organic the most and buy the others in the cheaper market, it might balance out.

Glucerna 2014-06-20 09:37:18 -0500 Report

This is an area where there is a lot of research. The Environmental Working Group has a list of produce that often tests high for pesticides and where purchasing organic might make sense at ~Lynn @Glucerna

4mouseketeers 2014-06-20 09:46:20 -0500 Report

Well, at my age, I would think it's too late for me. I probably have enough bad stuff in me to crop dust a field. I thank everyone for their input.

imjohn 2014-06-19 20:20:13 -0500 Report

Organic food isn't necessarily better especially if it comes from China where a lot of heavy metals have been found in their products. If you buy from local farmers you will often find that it's cheaper and fresher than what you can find at the supermarket. Of course pesticides and herbicides have toxic effects our bodies so we want to avoid them as much as possible.

If you think about the foods like an avocado, grapefruit or orange that have thick skin so not much gets into the actual food itself. Strawberries are usually sprayed with methyl bromide which is a nasty chemical and of course the fruit itself has no protection so it gets into what we eat. That's one food especially to buy organic. Look online and you'll find a list of the dirty dozen foods to avoid that have the most pesticides you will absorb.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-19 19:02:53 -0500 Report

I pay no attention to Dr. Oz. I buy what I can afford and because we have a community garden we grow some of our vegetables. No weed killer or chemicals are allowed in our garden.

You have to do your research. Organic foods have to be labeled. I have found that some "organic" foods are not organic at all. They just charge more for them.

Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious?