Saturday, February 9, 2008

Organic or Not To Organic



On Friday was my Dip Club meeting and we were discussing organic products. A few of the moms said they purchased organic milk and chicken. I presently do not, but it is something I have thought a lot about. I know I have a lot of intelligent and caring moms that read my blog, so I wanted to get your opinion on it. So I am asking, do you buy organic products and if so what kind and why? I am really interested to find out about everyone's view on this, so if you could let me know I would love it. Thanks.

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28 comments:

Maggie said...

At this point I don't specifically buy things because they are 'organic' but if the price/quality is comparable I will most likely pick organic over not.

Beth said...

You know my feelings on this. Can't wait to see what everyone else thinks!

Andrea said...

I don't buy a TON of organic products, but I do buy some, and I do think they are better for you - it's just that they're so much more money! I have heard though that if you're going to buy anything organic the best things to buy organic are fruits and veggies because they have the most sprays/pesticides, etc. used on them. So I try to buy organic fruits and veggies if they are not a LOT more expensive than the normal stuff. I definitely do think organic EVERYTHING is a lot better though. :)

Amy said...

When our grocery budget wasn't so tight, we bought organic milk. It is lower in hormones, which is good. (especially for girls). Currently we feel it is better to provide our children with fruits, vegetables and other foods than blow our whole budget on organic milk, so we buy regular.

Thanks for visiting me today, and sending a *hug* I definitely needed it and appreciate it.

Brittany said...

I buy organic for my kids. I want as little junk put into their bodies, as possible. I don't buy organic for us (although we do eat some)... It's too pricey to buy all organic, unless it's summer and I can go to the farmer's market. hm...

Melissa said...

I don't buy organic simply because at this point I can't justify the extra cost...

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

I was just coming over here to remind you of the project support beauty in nature post for Monday....

I actually try to buy organic when we can afford it (it tends to be more expensive). I figure that it's less junk in our systems and less junk on the earth. John and I just talked about it tonight, because I mentioned that I had purchased organic milk. (a reader of my depression post recently suggested it, saying that switching to organic actually made her feel better)

Our new motto is "Less Crud." Overall - that's why we're trying to go all natural (whole foods) and do more to help the earth. Less Crud in our bodies, and less crud on the planet in general!

It's good all around. ;-)

Jenn said...

We buy organic milk at our house just because of all the added hormones. Occasionally, I buy the soft fruits (strawberries, grapes, blueberries, etc.) in the organic, but they are so expensive that I can not always do it. If our budget allowed I would buy everything organic.

Are You Serious! said...

I've heard somethings about organic food not having high enough iron or somehting like that but I don't know how acurate that is. We try to buy the milk with no hormones but it's SOOOO expensive that it doesn't happen as much as I'd like. Last time I looked it was 4.21 for a gallon of the "good milk"... It would be nice if it was more affordable! ;) Good post!

Hootin' Anni said...

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Mishelle said...

I buy as whole as possible. Right now I'm not buying organic milk, but I was for a while. I will probably switch to buying it again soon. The prices aren't that different here.

I try to eliminate preservatives and dyes, as much as possible, though.

Pam said...

I know it sounds terrible- but organic is too expensive at this point. I don't even really think about buying it because of the cost. If it were the same price or just a tiny bit more, I think I would be for it. But, I haven't thought much about it because of the price difference.

Kristian said...

Just linked in from MommyKnows based on your post title-I feed my child organic food. He gets the occaisional item thats not organic but we really try to avoid it. He is turning one so its not like he eats a ton. We figure that we might as well decrease his exposure to excess crap in food while we can but I think its reasonable to expect this won't last forever. That said its a matter of affordability and some people can't afford that lifestyle choice. I certainly wouldn't judge those who can't.

Jennifer said...

I don't by any organic products

Chrissy said...

I could care less about organic foods for myself, but for my kids I do things a little different. We buy the organic baby yogurt for them and we'll often buy organic produce.

Kim said...

This is so funny b/c I just came across your blog through another's and I have just recently having these same issues. I have just recently gone into the "Organic/Eco-Friendly" kick and have bought a few items. I am however changing over mu cleaning products though.

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Bonnie said...

What is a DIP CLUB !?

I buy some organic ... some not. Mostly it's the cost and here in Australia there isn't the wide availability of organic yet. If I wanted to go totally organic, I'd have to spend lots of money for little variety ! I do go to a special butcher to get hormone free meat. But we don't drink organic milk.

jennwa said...

For all that do not know what Dip Club is, it is where a group of my friends get together and we each bring different dip, appetizer or dessert, then sit around and chat and eat good food while our kids play.
I love this group it is so much fun.

girlymom said...

This is something I need to look into more. I'll have to see what everyone else thinks.

Crystal said...

Milk is the only thing that I always buy organic. I do it because I have 2 girls and with the amount of milk the drink (a lot) I don't want them getting the hormones from non organic milk. I have not read a ton on the subject, just enough to know it could make a difference in their health. We also don't eat a ton of meat, so while I try to buy that and other things organic, I am not nearly as consistent. I also buy cage free organic eggs. But again, we don't eat a ton of them, so it doesn't really affect our budget like the milk does. I am finding it typically around $3 a half gallon if I pay attention and the thing is you can stock up on it because it has a really long use by date (like more than a month).

MamaGeek said...

We try to buy organic and locally whenever we can. It is usually more expensive except for at the outdoor garden markets - which are non-existent in this weather.

*le sigh*

tommie said...

I do buy probably 75% organic. My son has very strong reactions to high fructose corn syrup (which is in EVERYTHING!) So we started label looking about a year ago. Turns out pretty much most organic stuff doesn't add it.

Just little ol'me said...

I buy quite a bit of things from my Co-op, milk, cheese, yogurt, sugar stuff like that. I prefer it, a lot of things do taste different but in a good way. I love it even with the price increase.

Amy said...

I will be honest, I do not buy organic anything. We are on a tight $$50 per week budget and it does not allow for a lot of wiggly room for organic products. I love reading other people's opinions on it though- great post!

Pam said...

Great topic! I have enjoyed reading the responses. We have not had the money to actually buy organic, but in the summer I grow as many pesticide-free veggies in our garden as I can, and freeze them to last us through the winter. My husband's cousin sells organic meat and eggs, so since you live in our area, I know where you can get them. I plan on buying more from him now that we are ALMOST DEBT FREE! We have not been buying hormone-free milk, but it sounds like a good idea.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

If the price is close or better than regular I buy the organic. I put most of my energies into not buying any processed foods.

Crazy Daisy said...

My husband and I actually use rice milk. For other products, such as fruits and veggies, we try to buy organic. It does cost a little more, but figure the long term health return is better!