What To Buy Organic

When buying organic pays (and doesn’t) has three sections:

  1. Buy these items organic as often as possible. They list apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach, and strawberries; meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy; baby food.
  2. Buy these items organic if price is no object. They list Asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, kiwi, mangos, onions, papaya, pineapples, and sweet peas; Breads, oils, potato chips, pasta, cereals, and other packaged foods, such as canned or dried fruit and vegetables.
  3. Don’t bother buying these items organic. They list seafood and cosmetics.

I buy organic items meant for my children, and if it’s on sale, I’ll buy most anything organic. The stuff is still expensive, though; I can’t afford to buy organic consistently.

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11 Replies to “What To Buy Organic”

  1. “Buy these items organic as often as possible. They list apples, bell peppers, [etc.]” Why don’t they just say EVERYTHING?

    “Buy these items organic if price is no object.” Again, kind of a redundant list, don’t you think? If price no object, then by default, EVERYTHING is on the list.

    I buy organic when the price isn’t much different the non-organic stuff. And whenever I can, I buy everything fresh from the farmer’s market, which is almost always organic. I often buy organic bananas, carrots, and lettice. I’d buy it all the time if it was more affordable for the average joe like me. The organic stuff, besides not being full of chemicals, usually taste much better. That’s my main reason for buying it.

  2. I just read the whole article.

    What bugs me is that fish, all fish, whether farmed or wild, are laced with mercury and PCBs. I love salmon, tuna, and trout, and you won’t find a single one of these fish anywhere on the planet that doesn’t have traces of mercury in it. I’d give up red meat and eat these fish every other day if it wasn’t for the mercury.

  3. Phillip, I think there are fish that are lower or don’t have any trace of mercury. I think salmon is on the list. I love salmon but my wife gags whenever she smells it. I bbq one last summer, brought it in the house, I ended up having to eat it outside. Shame really.

  4. Apparently, the toxins are concentrated in the skin and in the dark layer of meat right next to the skin, even though that’s where all the “good fat” is. Even in salmon.

  5. And while “organic” (I hate the term, all food is literally organic, and so are toenails, motor oil and diamonds) is healthier when it is what it’s supposed to be, remember that, in the US at least, the oversight on it is anywhere from shakey to nil. Some companies will put any label they can get away with on food so with things like baby food, it’s best to check into the company before trying it. That goes double for natural supplements.

    Big companies often gravitate toward the lowest quality level they can make money with (even in Redmond, oddly enough) but the smaller or more niche a company is, the easier it can get away with a dangerous grift.

  6. phillp… yeah just cause its at a farmer’s market may not mean organic…often “farmers” farm food terminals, which is the same as the grocery store but often of a lower grade..adn many farmers who come to markets farm “traditionally” and hence use pesticides…there are a number of Organic certifiying organizations, with varying degree of standards…soo its often confusing to the consumer..I look for the producer closest to the bruce nuclear plant, the vegetable are always soo big and shiny almost glowing…

    oh yeah and my father in law who is mister aquaculture scientist boycotted atlantic salmon a number of years ago because of the disasterous husbandry practices involved in farmed salmon…

  7. yeah my apple farmer grows it to feed to his migrant workers keeping them in a tobacco tomato induced high allowing him to exploit their labour for minimum wages…

  8. This prioritization of items to buy organic is based purely on personal health benefits. But the advantage of organic produce is not just for our own health, but also for the health of agricultural workers and land. I buy organic bananas, even though it may not be healthier for me. Traditionally bananas crops grown by have been sprayed from planes while workers are in the field. The organic industry also provides an alternative to the harsh labor practices of the big banana companies (Chiquita, etc). I don’t mean to sound preachy, because I too only buy organic produce to the extent it is affordable. I just think we should be fair-minded about it though and consider all the benefits of buying organic, not just those to ourselves. I think the concept of “affordabiliity” is a bit of self-deception though. I could afford more of our budget for food than I am accustomed to, by reducing in other areas, but I only do so to a small degree.

  9. Just a thought…I was reading something last year..we in north america spend about 10% of oour income on food compared to 30-90 % in other parts of the world…yet we always seem to be concerned with “the high cost” of food. Ironically, we spend inordinate amounts of cash on procecessed or convinence foods..which are often of questionable nutritional value…I can’t go on…the delivery guy just came with my pizza and KFC….

    buy fresh buy local and re learn how to spend time not money on the prepration of ones meals…..and relearn how to preserve foods… especially here in our northern climes……

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