organic food

Canada
March 3, 2007 9:04pm CST
quite expensive....got any tips on what to buy? is it worth it?
6 responses
• United States
4 Mar 07
It is more expensive, but well worth it. There are no pestasides and sprays on it. The taste is far better than regular foods. Whatever you can get, canned, frozen, or fresh will be better for your health. It is well worth the difference in the money.
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• Canada
4 Mar 07
how would you know if food is certified organic? do you have any tips on how to save when choosing organic. i noticed that i spend twice the amount when i buy all organic.there are only 2 people living at home i guess it should not be too expensive.
@JennyLeah (190)
• United States
4 Mar 07
Organic food is absolutely worth the extra pennies. We purchase as much as we can that's been certified organic by some authority (such as the USDA Organic symbol), because we know that not only is the food free of unnecessary pesticides, antibiotics, and preservatives it's been produced and harvested in a way that's environmentally sustainable. It's good for the earth, good for the body, and good for the soul.
• Philippines
4 Mar 07
what kind of organic food are you talking about:?
• Canada
4 Mar 07
fruit, meat and canned or processed items. is it better to buy fresh organic fruits and veggies and meat and stick to the regular stuff when it comes to packaged items like rice and pasta?
• United States
5 Mar 07
Hi piggyxoxo, Organic foods are a bit more expensive but what price do you put on your health? Truly organic foods are so much more healthy for you. If you can find a farmer's market you can really get great bargains. You of course have to ask if they used pesticides or chemicals. A lot of 'organic' items are marked organic just to sell. Make sure you are really buying 'organic'. With the amount of chemical additives and steroids and enhancers, organic is the only way to go. Meats especially. A bit pricey, but well worth the taste and effort. Remember the old fashioned hamburgers you used to get years ago...that's what real meat tastes like without the chemicals. Besides, when you think of the things that are added to meat for mass productions, it's scarey. When you shop, don't go 'inside' the store for packaged or processed things. Try to buy everything on the 'outside' isles of the store where all the fresh things are. If you want to know the difference in taste - buy a regular package of carrots. Then buy organic carrots. See if you taste a difference?
@angelicEmu (1311)
4 Mar 07
At our local Asda, the organic ranges of fruit and veggies aren't that much more expensive than the ordinary ranges, so I try to buy organic wherever I can afford it. I always go for the organic potatoes, onions, mushrooms, and anything else I can manage - especially if it's on special offer! Not only is it better for you - and you do feel a buzz of health the first time you eat organic food - but it cooks better, has a better texture, and the flavours are out of this world! Non-organic foods tend to be completely flavourless and waterey in comparison. Organic meat is also better, but more expensive, so that's a bit of a rare treat for us. I've tried things like organic eggs - the yolks are to die for! - organic tomato ketchup - far more tomatoey and tangy - and organic baked beans, which do taste better too. Can I also recommend organic milk too, which I've switched to as well, as it's creamier, tastes of milk (yes there is a BIG difference), and is better for cooking with too, and organic chocolate - Green & Black's are the best in my opinion. Green & Black's are fair trade, so care about where the ingredients come from, as well as being organic, AND they really care about the quality of the product and their customers too. I recently bought a bar which wasn't up to their usual standard, due to the supermarket's storage as it turned out, and I emailed them, only to receive an email - not a standardised one either - they'd looked into the matter. A couple of days later THREE new large bars of the type I'd contacted them about, arrived in the post, along with a very nice note from the person who'd answered my complaint! Whilst they're now a big company, they still have integrity, and their products are second to none (and believe me, I know my chocolate!). Hope this helps, and to sum up, yes going organic is worth it, and the more people who buy it, the more reasonable the prices will become!
• United States
4 Mar 07
We tend to buy as much organic food as possible, but especially fresh produce and meats. We not only purchase it for out health, but to encourage stores to continue stocking these types of items. I believe that it not only helps with health, but it helps the environment. I can't imagine what all the pesticides, etc..are doing to the environment. As far as buying it, fortunately, the grocery stores seem to get better about carrying organic foods which is much less expensive than the health food stores. We also start our own garden each spring that helps with expense a lot.