January 10, 2007 10:19am CST
What does everyone think of organic food? Really better or just a con? I think it tastes loads better and is good as it reduces neg enviro effects but is just so much more expensive so in a but of a dilema...what's your view?
• United Kingdom
12 Jan 07
I don't touch organic food with a barge pole, personally I think its all a con, the prices for organic food are way too high! Especially the kind of organic food which is available now, ok I understand that organic fruit and vegetables are dearer because of the way they are grown and are not sprayed with chemicals, but food like biscuits? What is the point in organic biscuits? Organic cereals, WHY? Do they taste better? They should do for the extra price supermarkets can put on them. It's just an excuse to rip the consumer off. I do not support organic food at my local supermarket and I go out of my way to AVOID anything that has the words organic on it. Con or No Con? I've answered that one "CON"
• United States
12 Jan 07
It is most assuredly better. Organic food is not Just an environmental concern, it's a health concern. Pesticides are nasty things. I'm someone firmly convinced of the benefits of organic food, but there are plenty out there better suited to explain why than myself. If cost is a concern for you there are things you can do. There are lots of organic food coops around. Check with your local healthfood store to see if they sponsor or know of one near you. United Buying Clubs might be able to point you to one in your area. Some crops harbor greater amounts of pesticide residue than others. If you cannot afford to buy everything organic then try to make sure you buy organic where it matters most. The Environmental Working Group tested 43 fruits and vegetables, then ranked them according to level of pesticide residue. For example, peaches and apples ranked #1 and #2, so those would be good choices for spending the extra money on. Check out their full list here. They even have a pocket guide, so you can have the information with you when you shop. www.foodnews.org