Only Hippies Buy Organic!

29 04 2008

Old Hippies!

Well, then I must be a freaking hippie.

But I’m not. I just have respect for my body and attempt to keep it healthy and disease free. Buying organic is just one of the ways I do this. In a recent article from Consumer Reports.org (one of my fave sites/magazines), the benefits, challenges and overall effects of buying organic were laid out. Pretty good article.

Here are some highlights:

“For many shoppers, the decision often comes down to money. On average, you’ll pay 50 percent extra for organic food, but you can easily end up shelling out 100 percent more, especially for milk and meat. Nevertheless, organic products are one of the fastest-growing categories in the food business. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. consumers bought organic foods and beverages in 2005, up from about half in 2004. While some buy organic to support its producers’ environmentally friendly practices, most are trying to cut their exposure to chemicals in the foods they eat.

Critics argue that we’re wasting our money because there’s no proof that conventially produced foods pose significant health risks. Now, however, there are many new reasons to buy organic. First, a growing body of research shows that pesticides and other contaminants are more prevalent in the foods we eat, in our bodies, and in the environment than we thought. And studies show that by eating organic foods, you can reduce your exposure to the potential health risks associated with those chemicals.”

I haven’t always been an organic girl. This started in 2005. So, I have noticed an increase in my biweekly grocery bill (maybe $5-10 more). However, it doesn’t really bother me because I see the extra money as an investment in myself. Fewer missed days from future employment because of illness (now, organic foods can’t help my occasional laziness bug). Fewer medical bills down the road.

WHAT’S IN THE FOOD

So what can you count on when you buy organic? No animals, except dairy cows prior to being moved to organic farms, can be given antibiotics, growth hormones, or feed made from animal byproducts, which can transmit mad cow disease. No genetic modification or irradiation is permitted, nor is fertilizer made with sewage sludge or synthetic ingredients, all of which are allowed in most conventional food production.”

If money’s a little tight, I might buy conventional potatoes, but there are key items I ALWAYS buy organic. Milk is one of those. I always look for the USDA Organic (PDF) sealUSDA Certified Organic and also some statement about not using rBGHs. Even though some studies have shown insignificant effects on human health, I figure, if the cows can live without it, so can I. The worst part of the quote above is that conventional foods are allowed to fertilize using SEWAGE!!!! WTF mate?!

Read the entire article if you’re at all interested. If not, thanks for reading and have a nice day. 🙂

Consumer Reports.org — “When it Pays to Buy Organic.”

http://money.aol.com/consreports/smartshopping/home_garden/_a/when-it-pays-to-buy-organic/20060112134909990001

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