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Old 08-09-2009, 12:52 PM   #31
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And just for general information, there are some things we do absorb but don't excrete - some things that used to be in pesticides, like mercury and lead. They stay in our bodies, damaging things such as our thyroid, and never go away. I know - I have to take synthetic Thyroid medication (synthroid) every day. Until YOU'RE the one that is damaged in some way, it's easy to say, "Oh, chemicals are our friend and everyone uses them responsibly, and I'M NEVER going to be effected by them..." Right! When your immune system begins to shut down or attack your own body, you go crying to the FDA and see what kind of sympathy you get from them!
I am truly sorry that this happened to you...and that is why I try to eat Organic as often as I can. I know how damaging heavy metals can be to the human body.
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:24 AM   #32
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Sometimes you just have to be happy to have those options. I've lived in much of the U.S. and in Germany (also France, but don't remember grocery shopping there because I was 3). Yes, I suppose in some ways always buying fresh and in season and organic had its advantages .... if you lived in a warm-year-round climate. This past winter we had temps down to -30, and trust me, I was grateful to be able to buy fruit and vegetables, period, organic or not.

You also have problems in that who in the heck is regulating this stuff. I mean, is anyone going out to a farm and checking even one lettuce leaf per acre? And that would be a small sampling. One green bean per thousands? There is no way to check this produce in any consistent way, and us, as regular consumers, are often willing to pay considerably more for something labeled organic, but we have no way of knowing what that means for that particular vegetable/fruit. I mean, I can tell you, right now, that a tomato I grew (and I'm giving them away) is actually pesticide free. BUT I occaisionaly need or want a vegetable in February. On one side of the grocery store is zucchini that costs one price, on the other aisle is zucchini in a package that says organic. The squash packaged as organic costs anything from 2 - 3 times as much as the other. And I have no way to find out why. It is sort of like when I first moved to a community that did recycling. We religiously separated, etc. Then we found out that they were throwing it all in the same land-fill. We were paying extra to have recycling. Oh, and don't get into the water thing. You simply have no way of knowing what you are getting, so why pay more?
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:45 AM   #33
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What you're paying for is ensuring what the FDA & USDA should have been doing to protect Americans in the first place.

http://www.wiorganics.com/organic_usda.htm
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:18 AM   #34
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Why pay more?....Good point....firstly, I'm pro-organic &
knowledgeable of macrobiotics and practice the concepts
as much as possible, but not 100%....which is way difficult.
I'm driven by a need to live as long a healthy life as possible.
It is logical, to me...Perhaps it is within us all, varying
amounts of concern to control stress...free radicals...and
illnesses associated...whereby we do all/or as much as we
can to help get through this life as painlessly as possible...
I keep an organic garden & practice macrobiotics to reduce
or conteract the negative consumptions to include water,
and foods that I cannot control...To convence someone
else to my thinking is useless...so I will not...but if it makes
you feel better to pay more?..it's gotta be good..........BH51.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:59 AM   #35
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...You also have problems in that who in the heck is regulating this stuff. I mean, is anyone going out to a farm and checking even one lettuce leaf per acre?...
I would certainly like to respond to that comment, but the moderators of this website have ruled that no one may comment on the way the U.S. Government treats its food supply because that issue is too political and not allowed on this forum.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:07 AM   #36
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We are a happy family. Even if we don't want to be a happy family.
;) Wise moderators... too much angst in that there "government" word!

Course, maybe if we discussed how we'd like to cook them up, it might be OK!
just kidding.

My true take on organics is that it is a nice luxury for those who can afford it,
but that in reality, we'd all be wishing for the old days if we got rid of all those
nasty chemicals. Because we'd all be missing those affordable vegetables.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:10 AM   #37
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Course, maybe if we discussed how we'd like to cook them up, it might be OK!
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Grilled and basted...
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:54 AM   #38
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For me, it was never about what is in organic foods, but what isn't in (or on) them. It's more about reducing our exposure to synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, antibiotics, and growth hormones. It's also about the environmental impact. Organic farming is designed to work in harmony with the land, whereas conventional farming pollutes.

A wise person once told me that your dollar is your vote. Every dollar you spend is supporting something. Business practices, manufacturing practices, farming practices. We're not militant, but we try to consider these things when we make purchases.

That said, we don't buy 100% organic foods. There are other things that are important to me as well, like supporting local farmers and businesses. Sometimes an organic option doesn't exist, isn't good quality (my husband can't stand the organic romaine lettuce we can get at the supermarket), or is outrageously expensive. We just look for organic or locally grown/made first, and go from there.
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Apple Tart, I'm glad to hear about your husband and organic romaine. Normally I can buy "hearts of romaine" 3 heads to a bag, in my normal greens section. But my husband really had a taste for caesar salad, and they were out of my favorite, so I strolled over to the organics and bought one head for well over what the three heads normally cost. I wound up throwing out half the head because it was so tough and dirty I'd have had to boil it to make it edible, but even the heart tasted off; and that's pretty bad when you've spent the money on good imported parm, olive oil, etc, all ingredients with strong flavors that no kind of lettuce should be able to overcome.
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:54 PM   #40
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Apple Tart, I'm glad to hear about your husband and organic romaine. Normally I can buy "hearts of romaine" 3 heads to a bag, in my normal greens section. But my husband really had a taste for caesar salad, and they were out of my favorite, so I strolled over to the organics and bought one head for well over what the three heads normally cost. I wound up throwing out half the head because it was so tough and dirty I'd have had to boil it to make it edible, but even the heart tasted off; and that's pretty bad when you've spent the money on good imported parm, olive oil, etc, all ingredients with strong flavors that no kind of lettuce should be able to overcome.
Claire for what you paid, you should have returned it and demanded your money back. I buy my produce at Sunflower and have had pretty good luck with this store. If I buy something in a peel, like an orange I can ask for a taste, same with their grapes, or apples and they are always willing to give me some. If I don't like it then I have the option to say no thanks. Please don't let one bad experience completely turn you off organic. I hope if you do buy organic again you have a better experience.
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