Organic, is it worth the extra cost?

@jodylee (946)
United States
October 3, 2011 7:49pm CST
Everyone has a different opinion on this one and I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you spend the extra money or do you tend to walk right by?
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@urbandekay (18278)
8 Oct 11
Well, I am in two minds. I visited the Henry Doubleday Research Foundation, which you may know is the largest Organic Institution in Europe, whilst no one was looking I popped round the back of a greenhouse and spoke to the chaps working there. They confirmed to me that they use Glyphosate weed killer, now it may be that that is not a particularly harmful chemical but it makes you wonder. I did for a while grow organic fruit and veg in a poly-tunnel until a dispute with the landowner and a road traffic accident forced me to close down all the best urban
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@bounce58 (17387)
• Canada
11 Oct 11
These are the kind of practices that make me doubt wether anything is really 'organic'. When you get down to it, some still do something that would disqualify food being organic. Yet, the marketability of it remains the same.
@lampar (7584)
• United States
4 Oct 11
I guess it depend on the type of organic food you are talking about, and the type of pesticide and insecticide the farmers use in growing their crop. In some cases, organic food are better, so they deserve to be priced higher. While for other crops, you may be wasting your money to buy organic where a cheaper version is available without causing health hazard to your well being. It all depend on how much health hazard the organic food can help to avert poison and toxin entering your body, then it may worth the extra cost.
@coffeebreak (17798)
• United States
4 Oct 11
NOt to start anything here.. but if "organic" farmers don't use pesticides etc...how do they keep their veges etc from getting eat up by the bugs? In my case and I bet many others...it doesn't really matter which we "prefer" it is which we can afford. I don't have a problem with organic...I just can't afford it.
@jodylee (946)
• United States
4 Oct 11
That is true lampar, it does depend on how the food is produced when it comes to cost. There are actually many ways to keep bugs of the plants that are natural, for instance pests eat pests and if you know which ones are right you can get the predator bugs to eat the pest bugs and the crop is not hurt. I do agree cofeebreak, that it really does depend on what I can afford. I have a hard time justifying it as well.
• Adelaide, Australia
4 Oct 11
Just to answer the question posed by coffeebreak, certified organic farmers make their own pesticides if & only if they have a problem with a certain type of bug. They use it in conjunction with companion planting & other methods to deter bugs. They must make them in strict accordance with their very expensive certification, which is the reason for the high prices, but enables a very close grower monitoring system to be run by the governing body. They mix mostly deterrents which are meant to keep bugs away & not kill them. This can be done much easier & cheaper than using conventional pesticides. I can understand why US residents are critical of organic produce. There were a number of big scams run by individual business owners in the past. This is very unfortunate & has blackened the name "organic" probably for a long time to come. Hope this helps.
@roberten (3128)
• United States
4 Oct 11
Organic is totally worth it if it is truly organic. I don't believe everything that is labeled organic is; therefore, I believe some items we buy in good faith are not worth what we are charged. Our best bet is to grow our own organic foods and research the rest of the story behind any organic product we may be interested in buying.
@jodylee (946)
• United States
4 Oct 11
!!!!! I love your response! Growing your own and knowing what is it is great! I couldn't agree more that there are not those that hide behind the organic label with atrocious practices!!! !!
@diutay (1327)
• Philippines
4 Oct 11
Well, I would love to have organic foods all the time but in my condition right now, I can't do it yet. The extra cost is a little price to pay for a better and healthier lifestyle.
@jodylee (946)
• United States
5 Oct 11
It is certainly something to strive for as your position changes. Do you prefer to eat organic?
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@diutay (1327)
• Philippines
5 Oct 11
Yes, I do and I am also planning to plant some veggies to make sure that what I get are the real ones.
@jodylee (946)
• United States
5 Oct 11
Do you have a good growing season where you are? I wish mine was longer.
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@marguicha (210778)
• Chile
4 Oct 11
I think organic food is much better than veggies full of pesticides. But I always wonder whether the so called organic foods are truly without any added poison. So 2 years ago, I started to make raised beds in my yard to plant some veggies. The first year was a mess, with almost no produce, but I have been learning reading at the web and discovering some secrets to make the veggies grow. So my organic veggies are homegrown , at least most of them. You donĀ“t need a lot of soil: most of the veggies can be grown in containers, even potatoes.
@marguicha (210778)
• Chile
5 Oct 11
The fisrt thing I learned was to start with something easy to grow, learn at the web and plant according to your needs. This year, for instansce, I have 5 zucchini plants. I will check them when they are bigger because with 5 it should be more than enough for me and my entire family. And herbs in containers mean better tastin foods and beauty in a balcony. Oregano, chives, rosemary, parsil and coriander are awesome!
@jodylee (946)
• United States
5 Oct 11
Good for you! That is awesome. I wish we were doing more than we are, but perhaps this next growing season will be more productive. Do you have any special tips you can share, that you have learned a long the way?
• India
4 Oct 11
many people have a different opinion on this. but according to me i spend it right away and enjoy my life. but unfortunately i don't have money to spend and enjoy. i'm trying for it.
@jodylee (946)
• United States
4 Oct 11
I wish you well in earning your own money.
@lkbooi (16070)
• Malaysia
23 Jun 12
Hi jodylee, it's not worth to pay extra money on organic products, unless they are authentic foods and products which are healthy and nutritive. The price of organic products available in the market here are very much higher than the ordinary ones. Nowadays lots of people tend to have high consciousness in taking healthy foods and never bother to pay more for safety purpose. Real organic corps and products are safe from chemical fertilizers as well as pesticides. It's sad and disappointed that many irresponsible culprits that have malicious intention to grab such opportunity to make big business. They sell non organic foods and products with organic label sticking on them How petty they are to take mean advantage on innocent people It's wise to walk away if we really don't know it the so-called organic stuffs are genuine. Happy posting
• Pamplona, Spain
21 Mar 12
Hiya jody, Again it does depend on what you are looking for to eat all the time. For example Tomatoes here a lot of them are supposed to be organic but when you actually prepare them and taste them you realize that they are not. True it is that the tomatoes here are more or less the same price but yesterday I bought tomatoes that tasted and were much better than organic ones the so called organic ones. Only way to know is to grow your own I suppose. At least that way you know that they are yours and will taste proper like they should. Other kinds of Food like Greenstuff I bought some at a Shop that was supposed to be organic and again they did not taste like anything at all. I have tasted better Greenstuff from the normal Shop. Guess its a no win game in a way unless you grow that as well it will be the only way of knowing that it is the real thing. Mainly I stay away from organic stuff and stick to the ordinary food.xxx
@bounce58 (17387)
• Canada
11 Oct 11
I would love to eat organic food, and benefit from all it's health advantages, but realistically I don't think I would like to spend the extra just because it is. And then you have the doubt of some organic food being really 'organic'. Some are just relying on it's marketability without any real difference from regular food. I just walk on by.