Not all food has to be organic...

@marguicha (73265)
Chile
September 5, 2010 10:22am CST
...to be safe from pesticides. I just read that and it stands to reason. The article showed with pictures and explanations why 10 foods we usually eat don´t need to be bought organic. As we all know, organic food is a lot more expensive than normal food. The list of safe food is as follows: mangos, avocados, sweet peas, onions, eggplant, corn on the cob, pineapple, asparagus, kiwis, cabagge. Most of these foods either have strong outer skins that you discard or don´t need pesticides to grow. Many of the foods on this list are used by us one way or the other. I think that most of us use onion for our everyday cooking. I am also learning to plant in smal containers cloves of garlic that have sprouted. I use the green leaves and they are better than the normal garlic as the taste is softer and can even be added to salads. Are you worried sometimes that you don´t have money to spend in organic food yet don´t want to eat more poison than veggies and fruit? Waht do you do about it?
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@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
6 Sep 10
The organic food are expansive becuase of the fear that created by the so called experts that they are free from insecticides, fertilizers etc where you will not be posioned and so forth. To some degree,, it is true. But what happens if you wash through all these non organic food and cook, are you going to affect, it might not, may the chances would 1 out 10. As you gave the reason of these 10 food you listed, they have hard cover and protect chemical from penetrating into their core. It is those who have money have the choice, those of us who do not have money, we have no choice, but to buy cheaper food, that is where we go- to non organic foods. If we do not want, we can follow you, grow our own food in our back yard.
@marguicha (73265)
• Chile
6 Sep 10
Hi friend, We just don´t have the money to eat exactly what books say it´s best for out health. I don´t even know if they are right. Every person is a universe and some people are allergic to some food and some people aren´t. I peel tomatoes because I find the skin too tough, not because they have pesticides. I hope that this year I will grow some of my own veggies but that also is not only to eat more healthy or less expensive. I feel that I need to do other things besides playing at the computer and thought that tending a vegetable garden would be a good idea. As I have a great imagination, I´m already eating what I haven´t planted yet . Take care, friend!
@jak2010 (1550)
• Papua New Guinea
6 Sep 10
hahaha, I love that, you have a very imaginative mind or creative one, and if you are eating what you dont have, then also imagine not to be hungry and desire for those tasty dishes and you will be fine. I would think, you and I should imagine for things within our means and forget those who says this is ok and that is not, they only think that they would control us to behave and think in a certain way. Just live and eat what ever presented to you by nature. You too take care coz you are to precious than gold.
@marguicha (73265)
• Chile
6 Sep 10
Thanks friend! I am fortunate enough as to have never been hungry in my life. That is why it hurts me so much to know that there are other people that are starving in the world. I love to cook and can make a nice dish with little money. Imagination can be put to use there too. I have my oregano plant and my garlic and chives and that can add a wonderful taste to an omelette made from leftovers. If you serve it in a nice dish, it´s a plate fit for a King!. I don´t need delicacies at my table but I can turn a piece of bread into a delicacy.
• Singapore
6 Sep 10
Some of us have started to grow our own veggies, it could be viable if we just grow a little bit for our own consumption, some plants like chilli and leafy vegetables do not need that much space and can be grown in the house with a bit of sunshine. It is difficult to avoid pesticides in our veggies and fruits, I always make sure I soak them in water for a while and wash them thoroughly.
@marguicha (73265)
• Chile
6 Sep 10
I hope this year I´ll have my own veggies. Not all of them, of course, as they use up more space than what I have. But still I will have zuchinni, tomatoes and leeks (I hope). I already have parsil, coriander and chives in pots .
• Singapore
7 Sep 10
That's really great! Yums, spare me some will you?
@ANTIQUELADY (36492)
• United States
5 Sep 10
I don't buy many fresh veggies in the winter because i put alot of veggies in the freezer when they are in season. About the only organic thing i splurge on is tomatoes. They are so much better. They are expensive but i don't blow alot of money on anything so i do on them. Happy sunday, Marg.
@marguicha (73265)
• Chile
6 Sep 10
Thanks love. Happy Sunday for you too! I hope to have this year real tomatoes from my own garden. In this moment the plants are about one finger high at the most.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36492)
• United States
6 Sep 10
I hope yours do better than mine have. I have beautifil 5'tall plants & not a sthinking tomato on them, lol.
• Pamplona, Spain
5 Sep 10
Hiya margi, It´s a dicey game when it comes to buying green stuff sometimes because even though I don´t buy organic food because it´s so pricey and there is no real guarantee that it is organic. I keep away from Spinach for example I prefer to buy it frozen as it comes cleaner whereas if I were to buy it fresh it´s filthy and it would take you loads of water to clean it. So vegetables like those and I am beginning to dislike acelga as well because it´s different it´s way too stringy and it does not taste good any more. It really is a question of getting to know where all our stuff comes from. I have found out a few and I will stop buying them as I know they are using illegal pesticides for a start off and charging the same price for very low quality food. Like Rice and pasta. I use a lot of Onions too red and white but I cannot tolerate them too much eating them raw. Don´t know about the rest Margi but I have made up my mind that it has to be combination of two things frozen and fresh. For example Alubia Verde (Green Beans) if you are lucky enough to buy them from a local producer that´s fine but if not they are really grotty looking I can tell you the major part of the food here is exported I don´t know where to. For fruit most of it goes off in two Days in Summer so I stick to Apples, Melons and Sandias if I can. I have been given some beautiful fresh Tomatoes and green beans so I am really grateful to them for giving me some very fresh stuff. I love eating this kind of food. The pear shaped Tomato will be in soon and that is locally grown because it has a taste like no other so for a few weeks we can enjoy all this. As for cabbages I will be using the local dark green one and the other lighter green ones too. They come from here. Well so after all it´s not too bad but you do have to be careful what you buy. What a job being a Housewife eh margi? (grin)
@marguicha (73265)
• Chile
6 Sep 10
Fortunatly we usually have reasonable clean veggies here at our feria (farmer´s market). The only time I don´t buy fresh spinach is when it has rained a lot as it is too muddy. As for acelgas, I have them in my garden and pick them when the leaves are new and they taste almost as good as the beat spinach. Still I´m hoping that this year my vegetable garden will do alright. Last year my mother was sick in the hottest days of Summer and I couldn´t water the plants as I should so I just got a few vegetables. Meanwhile, I´m daydreaming with my plants
• United States
5 Sep 10
Very well said. The thick skinned ones would be safer. However, they can still use a lot of gunk in the soil or grow them in weak soil so they lack nutrients. i still would prefer organic, but cannot always afford them! Thanks for the idea on the green garlic! I gotta get a couple more pots!!
@marguicha (73265)
• Chile
6 Sep 10
I cut up the milk tetrapacks for garlic pots. I have them at the shed so noone gets a glimpse at my stingyness. I also use those pots for cuttings I steal from my friends and family.
@dawnald (84124)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Sep 10
So far, I can afford organic. After the divorce, who knows? But I'll keep thise in mind, especially the ones I use frequently.
• Philippines
6 Sep 10
Thanks a lot for the very informative discussion. I think organic foods are safe to us to eat and may not safe to eat either. Many farmers used fertilizers during in the period of planting to harvesting time at twice. So, we are not safe to say that the organic foods are safe to eat. The most safest way to eat organic foods is the plantss and fruits that self-cultivated without using fertilizers and pesticides.
@zeethegr8 (786)
• India
5 Sep 10
Well I'm a hosteler right now, so I don't get to cook food so often. I usually dine at the college cafeteria and catch a snack from here and there. Maybe when I settle down someday I'd think of that, but yes I'm particular about what I'm having. If it smells good and is cooked good, I have no problems with it.