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Do you buy organic?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by mm84321, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. mm84321

    mm84321 Well-Known Member

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    When shopping for ingredients, do you make a conscious effort to buy organic products? Do you limit organic purchases to things like fruits and vegetables, or will you even go as far as to buy packaged products that claim to be "organic" as well?
     
  2. giraffe lookout

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    I do and I don't. I try to buy organic milk and some produce. However, it's such a complicated issue. People always say, "I'm all about sustainability and I only buy organic and local." But, it's just not like that.

    I like this recent Atlantic article a lot.
     
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    No. I used to, but found it wasn't worth the effort or expense.
     
  5. mm84321

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    I do and I don't. I try to buy organic milk and some produce. However, it's such a complicated issue. People always say, "I'm all about sustainability and I only buy organic and local." But, it's just not like that. I like this recent Atlantic article a lot.
    Do you buy organic for reasons pertaining to health, or in the effort of supposed sustainability?
     
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    I do for perceived health and because my wife is breast feeding. I'm not a Nazi about it, but it gives me a good feeling. That said, I also feel a 20% higher grocery bill on average. [​IMG]
     
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    I do for the "dirty dozen". Otherwise, I generally pass on them.
     
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    If I am in a random place, yes. If I am shopping where I normally do, I trust their judgment. That is why I shop there, and they certainly see more stuff than I do.
     
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    If priced competitively then yes. Otherwise no.

    If I'm ever baller one day I'll make an effort to buy organic regardless, but until then I don't care too much.
     
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    Don't really care. Organic is bullocks.
     
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    organic is VASTLY overrated..
     
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    Only when I buy red velvet cupcakes. Mmmmmmm...
     
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    No. Sustainability would greatly benefit from technologies that increase crop yield, limit acreage devoted to farmland, and/or minimize fresh water use. Tossing poop instead of nitrogen based fertilzers onto crops does not make the world a happier place.
     
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    IMO "Organic" products are just a giant scam. I have a relative who only purchases food items that have organic written on them along with other odd food item's that claim to be more healthy. She thinks by doing so she will have perfect health but I swear every time I see her she is sick or something.
     
  16. mm84321

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    No. Sustainability would greatly benefit from technologies that increase crop yield, limit acreage devoted to farmland, and/or minimize fresh water use. Tossing poop instead of nitrogen based fertilzers onto crops does not make the world a happier place.

    Do you believe in permaculture?
     
  17. mm84321

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    IMO "Organic" products are just a giant scam. I have a relative who only purchases food items that have organic written on them along with other odd food item's that claim to be more healthy. She thinks by doing so she will have perfect health but I swear every time I see her she is sick or something.
    [​IMG]
     
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    My father worked his entire life in agricultural chemicals. Once diagnosed with cancer he said that he wasn't surprised since a fairly large number of people he knew from the industry seemed to be sterile, get cancer or have other odd health problems. I will buy organic when I can but I don't go out of my way. I do wash everything very well however.
     
  19. acidboy

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    I don't buy organic, but I do avoid certain items that seems to be unusually fresh looking. an example would be bananas that are extra large and all yellow without any bruising or dark marks, but once I bring it home and remove a piece from the bunch the rest would somehow age and ripen faster. I also avoid purchasing fruits with edible skin nowadays like apples and grapes since most of them are imported from the united states and for something that had to be shipped all the way across the pacific they sure stay fresh in the shelves for a long time, sometimes even longer than local produce.
     
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    My father worked his entire life in agricultural chemicals. Once diagnosed with cancer he said that he wasn't surprised since a fairly large number of people he knew from the industry seemed to be sterile, get cancer or have other odd health problems. I will buy organic when I can but I don't go out of my way. I do wash everything very well however.

    wow. was he physically exposed to the chemicals? that is very worrisome, specially since a huge problem for farmers in the 3rd world after buying agrichems is they tend to be lax in handling them.
     

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