ONE simple reason to buy organic
A long while back the Wall Street Journal--Marketplace Section--had an informative article on the pros/cons of buying organic produce, meats and dairy. The article was fair and balanced and basically said that:
- some foods have more pesticide residue than others (see below link for guidance);
- organic foods are not necessarily more nutritious;
- the risks from non-organic foods is minimal or non-existent;
- buying organic means spending more $$.
But, if you like the idea of buying organic and don't mind spending more to do so, here is ONE simple reason in support of organic: reduce the level of chemicals and hormones used in all foods. That has got to be a good thing, no matter what, right? We're not missing anything here are we?
Ahhh, keeping it simple. Stop argruing about the micro and look macro. Orgranic is good.
If everyone buys organic, at some point all non-organic farmers/growers etc., will have to make the switch. Some already have, no doubt. We are frugal; and when we read that the difference between an organic banana and non-organic banana is virtually nil, we tend to buy the cheaper product. BUT, we like the idea of supporting organic growers; and the fact that this support may help reduce the level of pesticide use overall, for everyone.
We also would not go so far as to support "pesticide bans", especially in other countries where the standard of living and food issues are so different from here in North America. We have the luxury to debate these issues.
In terms of resources, keeping up to date on the "Dirty Dozen" vs "The Clean 15" can help guide your shopping. This is the .pdf of the list. You can print and cut out the list. We have it taped on the inside of a kitchen cabinet. Strawberries are nearly ALWAYS on the "dirty" list as are apples, nectarines, peaches, and blueberries.
Of course, going local AND organic is even better! We also have participated in a CSA since 2007! It has been a win-win. We feel good about supporting local farmers. We get farm fresh procuce every other week. We vary our consumption and try new things. Here is a link to our "report" after several months of CSA participation. Check out the recipe!! It's a winner.
This is timely. Did you see
This is timely. Did you see the WSJ yesterday? 3 seed coating pesticides, known as "neonicotinoids" are potentially dangerous to bee health. Germany's Bayer and Switzerland's Syngenta are the makers. Both acknowledge that the chemicals could be dangerous to bees if NOT used properly. Bottom line is that even the "better/smarter" pesticides like these may be problematic.
Here's the problem- organic
Here's the problem- organic production is incredibly inefficient compared to modern agriculture- thus the cost. If farmers all went organic, they couldn't produce enough food to supply the western world, let alone the human race.
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