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Old 11-06-2010, 04:53 PM   #1
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May I relate another place that eats dollars in a big way? The local organic farmer is cranking up for the season (us being backwards down here in S. Florida), and today I spent some $$ on her Dragon's Tongue Beans, some Burgundy Beans, and, since the spinach was gone when I got there, some greens labeled "Yukina." I'll have to do some research to see how to use the greens - never heard of them before. Does anyone know what they are? (forgive me if I should ask at another thread). Produce is pretty pricey in general, and I pay extra for the freshness and organic-ness -- money well-spent, I hope, but awfully quickly gone. At least the cat won't have eaten it.

Used to live "up North" and know how produce prices soar in the winter-time. Sure do miss the apple harvest.


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May I relate another place that eats dollars in a big way? The local organic farmer is cranking up for the season (us being backwards down here in S. Florida), and today I spent some $$ on her Dragon's Tongue Beans, some Burgundy Beans, and, since the spinach was gone when I got there, some greens labeled "Yukina." I'll have to do some research to see how to use the greens - never heard of them before. Does anyone know what they are? (forgive me if I should ask at another thread). Produce is pretty pricey in general, and I pay extra for the freshness and organic-ness -- money well-spent, I hope, but awfully quickly gone. At least the cat won't have eaten it.

Used to live "up North" and know how produce prices soar in the winter-time. Sure do miss the apple harvest.

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Whenever you start to resent the extra $$$ it costs for organic, remind yourself that it's good for the soil and the planet; it's healthier for you; and It almost always has more flavour.

If I could afford it, I would buy all organic, locally produced food.
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:31 AM   #3
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Whenever you start to resent the extra $$$ it costs for organic, remind yourself that it's good for the soil and the planet; it's healthier for you; and It almost always has more flavour.

At least that is what the marketing tells us.
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At least that is what the marketing tells us.
Do you think that is mostly marketing hype? Why? All of it or just which parts?
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:56 AM   #5
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I have never bought into the "organic" marketing stuff. I suppose it is the scientific part, organic contains carbon.

There are things that are naturally occurring that if it got on one's food well... it would make life bad.

Besides, all this "organically grown" and such was done hundreds of years ago, people lived to 30. Nowadays life expectancy is waaaaaaaaaay up and we have better living through chemistry.
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I have never bought into the "organic" marketing stuff. I suppose it is the scientific part, organic contains carbon.

There are things that are naturally occurring that if it got on one's food well... it would make life bad.

Besides, all this "organically grown" and such was done hundreds of years ago, people lived to 30. Nowadays life expectancy is waaaaaaaaaay up and we have better living through chemistry.
I agree the terminology is poor, but "natural" wouldn't really have cut it. Have you seen what heavy use of chemical pesticides and chemical fertilizers does to soil? Have you tried tasting "organically grown" food? I don't say it usually tastes better for any other reason than personal observation.

I don't think that we have better eating through chemistry. We have better health because we are better educated, we have vaccines, we have modern surgery, etc.
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:57 AM   #7
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I did a simple test with organic strong bread flour V non organic, I borrowed two identical bread machines and made identical mixes, the organic loaf was 15% bigger.

We eat mainly organic meat, I just know that the farmer has to take care of his animal better as he cannot resort to drugs as much.

The chickens I buy take 14 wks to mature, they are more than twice the cost of the cheap supermarket bird, the taste and texture is like chalk and cheese. We now regard a chicken meal as a treat not a stomach filler.
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:25 AM   #8
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I find that I entered my post re organic beans & greens in the eggs & cheese forum. Pardon me. I'm going back to FAQ's to learn how to better navigate and properly do posting on DC. Hope you regulars will cut us learners some slack, and thanks.
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:40 AM   #9
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But now that I'm here...the produce I get from the farmer down the road and which was picked yesterday or even today is so much fresher than any coming by truck to the grocery store - that in itself makes it more healthful, doesn't it? And I have no way to prove that taking in fewer pesticides with my food is more healthful, but the psychological effect makes me think it is. Ditto the flavor -it all tastes very good, even if I am just fooling myself.
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Edit: I've moved all the stuff about organic stuff and its expense to its own thread. Enjoy all!
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