Q&A Tuesday: Do you buy organic?

This topic has been on my mind with our second book for the book club, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, headed our way in a few weeks.  I’d love to hear your thoughts, particularly because most of you are not only the home managers of your family, but also because most of you make the everyday purchasing decisions in your home.

Here’s today’s question:

How important is buying organic food for your family?  Has this changed with the economic slowdown?  And if you had to choose, when one takes precedence for you – buying organically, or buying locally?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Both are very important to me. I try to buy produce organic as I believe its the most important.. everything else has been on the back burner. If I can’t buy certified organic than next in line is definitely local. Local is healthy AND it supports the ” locals!” 🙂

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  2. Animal, Vegetable raised a lot of the same questions in my mind when I first read it several months ago, questions that had been brewing for a while. For us, it’s more important to buy local than organic, especially because most of the local food producers around us grow according to organic methods, but can’t afford to certify their products as organic. Not to mention that I feel very strongly about the importance of supporting local and regional businesses, especially now, in this time of economic crisis and uncertainty. We really need to stick together.

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  3. Very important! I try to buy as organic as I can (and by that I mean, as I can afford). Buying local and seasonal definitely helps – local organic products that are in bounty are much more affordable than products flown half-way around the world. Unfortunately, you can’t really get everything organic, so there are a few things I won’t compromise on: dairy and eggs are ALWAYS organic, as are fruits and vegetables that are likely to have a lot of pesticides, and which we eat the skin of: strawberries, lettuce, peaches, tomatoes, plums, apples. We don’t worry as much about bananas, oranges, avocados, or root vegetables. It costs more, but to us it’s worth it.

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    • Sadly I don’t find this to be true. Our local produce is wonderful, usually organic and VERY expensive. It is much cheaper to buy the fruit shipped from all over the world than to buy locally for us. I wish it weren’t so because the price is leading our decisions right now.

  4. I live in China, where there’s melamine in the milk, steroids in the chicken, and who knows what in the veggies? That said, there are some (expensive) outlets where I can buy organic. I can’t afford organic milk for the whole family, but I plan on buying it for the baby when she starts on milk. I buy organic yogurt and fill the kids up on that when possible. And my kids are great veggie eaters, but they love the ones that absorb the most chemicals. So I try to buy organic peppers, spinach and celery. Can’t afford organic strawberries or apples, though. I do what I can, all the while knowing that, because we live in China, we’re exposed to a variety of things we might never even know about. I just try to get the biggest variety of foods into my kids that I possibly can – I figure I’m spreading the risk around that way.

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  5. In our house dairy is always organic. I try to buy organic produce when I’m purchasing from the grocery store. When purchasing locally, I don’t worry as much about it because I can talk with the growers and ask what’s been done to the food. (Most of them use organic practices, but can’t afford to get certified organic.) I purchase all our meat in bulk from a local farm. It is not certified organic, but I see how the meat is raised and treated every time we go to pick up our order. As for canned goods, snacks or staples, I don’t spend the extra cash.

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  6. I used to make an effort to buy organic when I could, but lately, not so much. Partly price and partly because I didn’t really notice a lot of difference. I do most of my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s, where it’s possible to get a lot of organic goods, but other than that, I don’t make an extra effort.

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  7. Rebecca Nichols says:

    we also live overseas (brasil), so i wonder what kinds of chemicals are used in our food. i recently found and joined a great coop that recognizes the value of both local and organic produce! we buy most of our veggies and dry goods (beans, rice, flour, etc.) from there at really reasonable prices. still looking for organic milk in our city, though.

  8. The book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle really changed the way I thought about food why we have an obligation to be responsible with our purchases.

    We buy organic, grass fed animal products. From my research animal products are the most important to buy organic. Most of our animal products are also local and therefore less expensive than health food store organic animal products.

    Generally speaking we don’t worry too much about organic when it is local. Local foods are sprayed far less because they are not having to travel thousands of miles.

    A great resource is the dirty dozen for choosing organics or not in the grocery store. Things like strawberries, raspberries, peaches, celery, lettuce, spinach, plums, apples, bell peppers all contain high amounts of pesticides.

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  9. The organic trend is sometimes a bit overwhelming to me. I had a friend come over recently with some organic chocolate sauce for ice cream. Organic chocolate sauce? Next thing you know, there will be organic clothes and toys and furniture. Oh, wait…

    Seriously, I don’t want any of those crazy stink- i- cides in my food or my kids’, so I do try to look out for more organic flavors of things we consume a lot of-fruits/veggies/dairy, etc. But, beyond that, I’m going the cheap route.

    I’m not writing about organic foods today, but you still might be interested: http://burningbushes.org/

  10. Organic / real food is really important to us.

    One of the reasons I don’t like “percentages” on “how to budget” websites / articles is that the amount we spend on food is always way higher than what the “experts” say we “should” be spending. But food is important enough to us that we’re more than willing to compromise on other spending categories to make it work.

    We belong to a “cowshare” program, where we’re part-owners of a dairy cow (and we get farm-fresh milk every week), and we’re joining a CSA this summer, to get the same with veggies.

    To answer the organic / local question: For us, there’s not really a huge difference between them. Most of the local sources we have are organic. It’s the strawberries grown in South America that need lots of preservatives and pesticides. It’s the chickens and cows grown in factory feedlots that need lots of antibiotics. Because the food we’re buying tends to be sold by farmers who know their “selling radius” is somewhat limited, they know they can sell real food.

    At the same time, I don’t mean to demonize all gm food — I think the Green Revolution was one of the best things to happen to India (and humanity in general) in the 20th century. But if every farmer (and every local region) could farm like Joel Salatin, I’d be thrilled.

  11. I try to buy organic and local when I can. When the farmer’s market opens up in the spring, I try to get most of my veggies, fruit, and honey there (those veggies I don’t grow myself). I really like to support local families whenever I can. Apples I try to always buy organic though. My kids literally eat an apple a day, and they are near the top of the “dirty dozen” list. That would be a lot of pesticides in their systems!

    The milk I buy is local, not organic, but chem free and it comes in a biodegradable bottle. 🙂

    Right next to my farmer’s market is a Fair Trade store, and I buy all my coffee and cocoa powder from them.

  12. I was thrilled to see your post today. We are excited at CWDkids because one of our favorite brands, Mulberribush, has just begun making their t-shirts with organic cotton. This is not only good for the customer but also good for the environment. We have written about this topic today on our blog. Please take a look!


  13. after reading a LOT of scientific literature about the “true” value of organic, you wouldn’t be surprised to find that they’ve come up “inconclusive”. BUT i *still* believe in the value of FRESH & NATURAL–just not always organic. i would MUCH prefer to buy local produce, regardless of its certification, than buy organic produce shipped from across the country in my local supermarket.

    this may come down to the REASON you buy organic: for a greener footprint, local makes more sense….for better “health”, organic may be the way to go.

    it is never a bad thing to support local farmers….or join a gleaning club or co-op 🙂

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  14. Personally I go back and forth on the value of buying organically. I want to, but really can’t afford to. When things are on sale, or if I have a coupon, I go for the organic, but for the most part I end up buying non organic.

    In the summers, I try to buy all produce and things locally through farmers markets.

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  15. Tamra Przybylo says:

    I don’t usually chime in here but I figured I would voice my opinion on this one.
    My husband and I are young newlyweds (20-somethings), have no children (yet), and live on a very tight budget. We make less than 30,000/yr combined.
    I make eating healthy an absolute priority in my home. I don’t think buying “organic” is necessarily the end all of “eating healthy”. In fact, I think it is a very, very minor part. Vegetables that are treated with pesticides can’t hurt you nearly as much as many of the food additives and processes in the prepackaged and prepared foods most folks in the supermarket. My focus is on restricting prepared, toxicly processed, and over-processed foods. This includes not purchasing foods with ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), aspartame, glutens, bleached flours, MSG, etc or foods that undergo processes such as homogenization, antibiotic treatment, and pasturization.
    Because eating green costs green, I do many things to make sure I can afford the purchases I have to make (milk, eggs, unbleached bread flour, cheese, veg I can’t grow, etc): Grow my own veg garden in the Zone 5 growing season, make my own bread goods, make all meals from scratch, use meat sparingly opting instead for beans for filler, etc.
    The work involved if you are on a tight budget is not for everyone. I have often thought about how our situation may change when we decide it is time for children. For now, this works for us. I’m sure when the time comes, I will do what is necessary to keep my family eating healthy and free of toxic foods and processing. I think everyone finds a way to adapt to the things that are important to them.
    I look forward to hearing everyone’s comments!

    • Great points. I agree with you!

    • Tamra, I don’t usually respond here either but I just wanted to say that I totally agree with you about fresh vs. processed foods. I really think that our bodies were made to process the food that God gave to us, not the kind that comes in a box. I am in the same boat as you, young, newly married, no kids (yet) and on a tight food budget. I’ve heard “shop around the store, not in the isles” because all the things that are fresh are in the outside, except for sometimes condiments, canned goods and bread items. My husband and I shop around the store…rarely in the isles to avoid processed foods. I make everything (almost) from scratch. Just made wheat bread last night, AMAZING, and I think I’m going to start making bread instead of buying it even though the kind we get is usually on sale and doesn’t contain high fructose corn syrup. I agree that the way we do things now may change once the business of children enter the picture, but I figure if I start good habits like this now, it won’t be much of a struggle to keep them up once kids come along…but we’ll see. 🙂 I buy organic veggies if they are on sale or the same price as regular, but the only thing I go out of my way to buy organic is celery because it’s just like a straw, sucking up all the water around it. Anyway, thanks for sharing 🙂

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  16. I don’t buy organic. It’s not a money issue. I just don’t understand it. I’m pretty skeptical – seems like a marketing thing to me. I welcome the opportunity, however, for someone to sell me on it. The jury is just still out.

    I don’t think it’s right for me to consider organic when I still eat fast food.

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  17. Locally. Luckily, many of our local farmers are strictly organic!

  18. I buy a few organic things and try to get to the farmer’s market in the summer (it runs from May until October, I think). I love the taste of organic milk but at $10.99 for 4L it’s a little out of my price range especially considering we can’t get through 4L before it goes bad (it’s just me and my 4-year-old) and I can’t stand the taste of frozen-then-thawed milk. A 2L container of organic milk, which we do use up, is $5.99, still pricey. I do buy it at least once a month though. We do organic bananas usually and often apples. I can’t afford things like organic strawberries (can barely afford them non-organic in the off-season), raspberries, etc. We often buy organic products (non-produce) as well though I don’t know if they’re regulated the same as fruits and vegetables.

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  19. We started buying organic milk when I was pregnant; I still drink organic milk since I’m nursing and we don’t want any sketchy hormones passing through to my daughter. (Plus it honestly tastes better–this coming from a looooooong time milk-lover!)

    As far as local v. organic, I try to always buy local when possible, and if it’s between local or organic, I pick local every time. Luckily, I live in Nebraska–our local beef is best! 😛

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  20. I hardly ever buy organic. Around here the only place to really buy organic is The Fresh Market and everything costs at least 3 times more there than my regular grocery store. When our budget can afford it, I do buy any produce that we eat the skin of in organic. I would love to start buying organic dairy products but a gallon of milk costs $8 and I just can’t swing that 3 times a week.

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  21. I ALWAYS buy organic dairy products. Depending on my grocery budget, I prefer to buy organic produce because it tastes so much better, but organic grains are usually at the bottom of my list.

  22. Just finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle a few weeks ago and it made me think alot more about where our food is coming from. I buy organic as I can afford it, but especially try buying locally. Our farmers’ markets will open up in April, as will the u-pick strawberry farms (yay!) I am also trying to purchase our meat from a couple of local meat markets as opposed to the grocery store. Would definitely recommend the book. I found it an easy and interesting read.

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  23. I buy organic when the price is reasonable.

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  24. The downturn of the economy has totally affected my grocery purchases. I have always purchased organic milk, yogurt, cheese strawberries, spinach, apples, and beef when I could. I also was a part of a CSA and had a farmers market 2 blocks away when I lived in the city. This year we have moved out into more of the country, and ironically have found there are not as many farmers markets or CSA choices.
    Now, I need to really cut my grocery bill. I really don’t buy anything organic at all sadly. The only thing I can’t compromise on is the milk since my children drink so much of it, but I have found Dean’s brand, though not organic, uses farmers who pledge not to use growth hormones or antibiotics so I buy this brand only. More expensive than other brands, but nearly 1/2 the price of organic milk. Organic is more important to me than buying local since hormones and pesticides may affect our health. Though I like to buy local when possible as well.

  25. I’m a mix. If I could afford to buy all organic I probably would, but that is simply out of the question. Organic milk? Not going to happen, it would break my budget. So I shop at our local co-op for the things I CAN afford, like organic flour, beans, coffee, etc. I try not to buy a LOT of fresh produce in the winter because I am aware of what it takes to ship it to us. In the summer I shop the local farmers market, AND my garden (the ultimate in local). Overall I would say my priorities are: Minimal processing and additives first, buying local second, with organic third.

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  26. after reading a couple books (real food & in defense of food) i learned not only the benefits of eating organic produce, meats & dairy, but also learned the potential harm in eating conventionally grown/made foods. also learned through these amazing books, that just as important as eating organic foods is eating ‘whole’ foods – natural whole grain, unrefined, unprocessed, ‘real’ foods. i used to keep a tight monthly food budget that i’d stick to religiously, but since choosing organic foods, that budget has gone through the roof! organic is expensive, but my hubby & i feel it is important so we decided to cut back in other areas to make it happen. although, i try to buy most of my produce from our weekly farmer’s market here in seattle, i focus more on the fact that it is local & fresh, rather than the label ‘organic’ since i can talk with the grower, see the farm if i wanted to, etc. it ensures a sort of accountability with your producer. plus since most of the farms in this area are small mom & pop farms, to get the ‘organic’ label on there produce would take tons of money & time. i’d rather not pay for the organic name, but see/hear that the food was grown/made right. buying local is the best way to get the freshest produce at the peak of it’s ripeness, i love love love shopping at farmer’s markets!

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  27. I am really interested in this book you speak of Tsh. Admittedly, I will buy organic when it is on sale, but other than that I don’t quite understand…

    Going to have to go find the book! 🙂

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  28. i would love to buy more organic – generally i don’t because it is just too expensive, but lately i’ve been finding more and more organic produce that is *very* close in price to “regular” produce, and i’ve been buying it. i love how the organic produce lasts so much longer in my fridge as well! Organic milk is WAY out of our price range but it is not hard to find antibiotic/hormone free milk at the grocery store.

    right now i’m comfortable with the choices we are making – we need to keep a roof over our head and stick to a tight budget in order to do so. i make most things from scratch and feel like that is also contributing to the overall health of my family.

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  29. I think local is more important than organic, but I try to buy as many things organically as I can. Most things that I buy that are local do not contain antibiotics, hormones, etc. Making sure my family eats whole foods is the most important thing. We have recently stopped buying anything pre-packed, enriched, boxed, etc (with the exception of a box of Annie’s mac n cheese EVERY once in a while, and maybe some Annie’s crackers when we’re in a busy time). We buy local milk (sold at Whole Foods), grass fed butter, pasture fed beef (from a local ranch), cage free eggs, etc. We have been buying some local produce (but mostly just organic, not local), but we just planted our first organic garden, and I’m SO excited about that. It will save time AND money, and it’s better because I’m the one who grew it. I’ve been in this process for about 2 years, though, and still have a LOT to learn!! I’m just amazed at the amount of bad information out there about “healthy eating.”
    We make our own bread, crackers, pretzels, pancakes, etc as well as condiments, cleaning products, and I’m about to make my first batch of body wash. I enjoy the process! 🙂

  30. We recently started buying organic raw whole milk- $5.50 for a half gallon at our local Amish market. But, it’s keeping from having to buy Miralax for our 18 month old so it seems to even out. We buy organic dairy products and meat from the Amish (not always certified organic). We try to buy organic for some fruits and veggies that we eat the “skin” of like berries and spinach. But we don’t pay more for organic bananas or avocados. We also buy locally and have a garden. We can and freeze the summer surplus to eat throughout the year.

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  31. I definitely try to buy organic when I can. I also try to buy locally too. There is a great organic farm stand that sells local organic fruit and veggies. I love the taste of all of their produce. I can totally tell the difference in organic and non-organic. Sure the produce may be smaller than non-organic but the flavor is so amazing you don’t need as much to feel satisfied

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  32. For me buying locally is more important than buying organic. I want to support the local farmers and industy in my area. That is one of the reasons I love visiting the Farmer’s Market on the weekend.

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  33. I just started researching this topic so I’ll be interested to find out more. I recently switched to Organic Milk, cage-free eggs, and organic chicken and beef (when I can find it). I don’t usually buy organic produce, except for some salads lettuces when they’re on sale. The one thing I don’t do is buy much processed food and I think this has made a big difference in health. Plus, I’m actually spending half of what I used to at the grocery store!

  34. I buy organic when I can afford it. But we live on a city lot and started growing our own! Gardens were a HUGE deal in the 70s, and they are on the rise again! Do you buy organic? 🙂 Would love to know!

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  35. Well, a couple of years ago we had switched several staples to organic: milk, sugar, flour, eggs… Then last year my husband lost his job and our budget has gotten extremely tight. I have had to give up pretty much all of my organic splurges~except milk. I still continue to buy organic milk because it’s actually a better value for our family. We don’t drink tons of milk and organic milk lasts so much longer we never have to throw out spoiled milk. When I buy a gallon of regular milk, we almost never finish it.

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  36. I loved Barbara Kingsolver’s book and liked feeling affirmed in my desire to buy local (when possible!). I think that if I am going to spend more $$ to buy food that I’d like to support the farmers locally who are making ethical choices about the way they treat animals and grow crops. I have to admit that I, too, am sometimes skeptical of big companies that market organic produce.

    Right now, though, in this economy most of my philosophies on eating organic and local have had to take a back seat to feeding my family on a small budget. It’s difficult! And it’s so important not to make judgments of others based on our own ethical eating preferences.

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  37. thanks to many great organic growers in our area, we do both.

    Over seven years ago, I stopped eating so many processed foods and dairy. I got off all my prescriptions as a result – not having doctor or prescription bills has freed up more than enough money to justify the small extra expense. I say “small” because I feel like you have to factor in what you aren’t buying too – no Little Debbies, sodas, candy, etc. That stuff can be expensive too – it all adds up!

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  38. It’s a tough call. For awhile I was trying to buy local to reduce my carbon footprint, but then I read a comparison suggesting that local wasn’t always best (a lot of produce shipped long distance by train may be less polluting than a small load trucked a few hours in a poorly-tuned, smoky old pickup). Organic, though, is another question. Having spent a lot of time on a farm growing up and being the granddaughter of educated ranchers, I question whether this is really the answer either. We’re exposed to vast quantities of bad stuff anyway, pesticide residues are a drop in the bucket (in my mind anyway).

    In the end, I just go with what feels right. I buy organic if it’s on sale or if it’s a typically high-residue food (e.g. spinach and strawberries), but always go for the farmer’s market if I can (which is weekly during the summer), since buying local isn’t just about the carbon footprint…I just like supporting the folks at the market 🙂

    Fun question!

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  39. I buy Organic whenever I think is important but more than buying organic products I focus on eating healthy food.

  40. I think organic is just a fad right now and I don’t buy into it. I did at first, and for 5 months was adamant about it. Then noticed that the only change was being seen in my wallet and went back.

    That being said, I garden almost year round and buy local because I like to support the locals and it almost always tastes better. I think homemade is more important that organic. Homemade waffles and bread and cooking from scratch versus buying the convenient preservative filled foods.

  41. After reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book, I started shopping at our Farmer’s Market in the summer, and I did switch to organic milk, though it pains me to spend that much on milk. We don’t have a long growing season where we live, but I did add more frozen vegies to our diet in the winter and we do a lot more dried fruits.

  42. Great question! I’ve enjoyed reading others responses and getting ideas from them. I’m going to look online right now for a local organic food co-op. As with most who have commented, buying organically is important to me, especially with fruits and veggies. I have been encouraged to see that many organically grown items are dropping in price and becoming closer to the non-organic items. It is my hope that if consumers continue to buy organic it will become more and more affordable.

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  43. Animal, vegetable, miracle had a big impact on me too. We now belong to a CSA, try to buy locally and in season and buy organic milk, hormone free meats and try to be very conscious about what we buy, ie processed foods. I think in some cases, some companies have jumped on the organic food wagon, (label it organic and they will come) but there are definitely some very responsible companies out there trying to make a difference.

  44. I buy organic when I can. We live in the Arizona desert so local for us is 3 hrs away (at least). I try to weigh the cost of organic with non-organic but recently I have noticed very little difference. We always buy organic milk-usually on sale-but still not at the $1.58/gallon blowout prices. But since Organic milk is one of our priorities we pay a little more for it.

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  45. I have been reading Healthy Child Healthy World by Christopher Gavigan and have been enlighted to the importance of (as close as I can get to) organic living. The economy makes things tighter, but I feel that purchasing healthy, quality food is of utmost importance for my family. If we have to do without some other things to ensure that we are eating nutritious and safe foods, then so be it. I am transitioning to all organic, so there are still some conventional products I purchase … but I try to purchase only “low risk” conventional prducts.

    As far as local and organic and which wins over. I would say it depends on what the item is. I use the Dirty Dozen checklist for produce and try to purchase according to that, but there is something fulfilling about helping local farmers. Farmers work so hard and it’s nice to talk to the people who grow the food you eat. I think it makes the food taste better sometimes.

  46. We’re part of a local CSA here that we’ve done for three years now. It has been wonderful to feel we are supporting a local family-owned farm. This year we are going to take the kids out to see where their food is grown! But the farm is not organic.

    I love the idea of buying organic if it’s easy and reasonable (in terms of $) to do so. We do some of both.

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  47. I buy organic dairy and eggs. Sometimes I’ll buy other organic products, but not very often. We live in the country and often take advantage of pick-y0ur-own farms for fruit and vegetables. But that doesn’t mean it’s organic.

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  48. i thought i’d add a second comment after reading how many people buy cage-free eggs & organic meats. while i think it is absolutely important–AND you can certainly feel the difference in the egg shells, for example, make SURE you are aware of the regulations behind the labeling “cage free eggs” or “hormone free meats”.

    i just bought my husband “Eat This, Not That” & it really IS a great book. we don’t do “diets” & simply change our lifestyle when we feel the need to loose weight–this book gives us healthier options without foregoing ice cream all together 🙂 one thing the book DOES say, however, is that just because eggs are “cage free” doesn’t mean those lovely chickens are running in green pastures…the factory just doesn’t keep them in cages & isn’t required to specify their living conditions. the same holds true for “hormone free” beef & chicken, etc….not required to specify WHAT is in their feed–it just can’t be hormones.

    YUCK. i’m not sure if the extra $2./pound for hormone free chicken is worth it….unless i can find a local butcher 🙂

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  49. Jennifer B says:

    There are many things I have to buy organic to avoid MSG, HFCS & other “yuckies.” In the summer months I try growing my own veggies & buy from local farmers’ markets. I realize the footprint from buying organic in the store. There are some foods that absorb more of the pesticides than others so we avoid non organic for those. I will spend more to avoid the chemicals. I think that when you don’t buy the processed foods & the junk foods & soda. . .you have more money to spend on the good stuff. We also find that we feel better & get sick less by eating this way. What better money & time saver is there? It’s all about choices. We make it work because we want to. Sometimes we need to buy less because of the prices. But we never go hungry.

  50. I buy just about evrything I can (food-wise particularly) both Organic certified and Fair Trade certified. This, for me has a precedence over buying local. I do believe it is important to sustain the local economy, and if I can buy local as well, that’s great. However organic procts are usually still “greener” than local products produced with pesticides, etc. even if you factor in the food miles. Fair Trade is also very important to me because, besides it usually having much more sustainable production methods, it also guarantees a better livelihood to small producers in developing countries. And let’s face it… we can’t buy everything locally. Coffee, tea and bananas for instance must be imported.
    This has not changed with the current financial crisis because I believe there are other less important things we can cut down on than food. I much prefer to buy less clothes, electronics, etc. and keep buying safe, sustainable food than giving in to consumerism and buying cheaper and lower quality products. If we have less money, we should learn to use it wisely on the more important things.

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  51. I’m vegan and only buy organic for myself.
    My DD eats chicken but not dairy and only get organic chicken and organic foods for her. She occasionally has food that’s not organic but I’d say 80% of what she eats and drinks is organic.
    We buy local when possible and go to local fruit markets, stands.
    My DS is almost 20 and eats whatever he feels like, so can’t control that one.
    We use organic bamboo sheets, ditto w/towels and clothing.
    Organic or at minimal as natural as can be is a way of life for us…some people talk about the cost but reality is this….there is no price tag for good health and if I, a single mom business owner, of two can do it then others can too.

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  52. All of these comments are really interesting to me, and I love to hear how other people are really living, you know? At our house we try to eat “clean.” Basically we try not to eat anything that we haven’t made ourselves. Of course, eating clean also means organic. I try to get about 90% of our fruit in organic form, 100% of everything else. My grandparents had a conventional dairy farm and if you’ve ever seen what really goes into your milk, you would never EVER drink non-organic again! I’m fortunate to live in Chicago, which has an amazing farmer’s market and lots of local food delivery options for organic produce and meats. I’ve found that clean eating pretty much costs the same as what we were doing before – especially since we rarely eat out.

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  53. My order of priorities when shopping for food:
    1. local (which, at least in my case, is most often sustainably raised and organic)
    2. seasonal (I’d rather eat potatoes and carrots all winter than find organic strawberries from a huge farm in California)
    3. organic
    4. no high-fructose corn syrup

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  54. I definitely buy organic, and I try to buy local as often as possible. Sometimes because of our budget, I have to be a little selective about what organic produce to buy, but I do it as often a possible. My rule of thumb is that if it’s a fruit or vegetable for which we eat the skin, I try to buy organic. If we peel before eating or preparing (think bananas or oranges) then we buy organic when we can afford it.

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  55. I am right in line with Sarah’s comment above. The shocking thing is that when I began buying the pricier organic foods, my grocery bill actually went down. I attribute this to more conscious shopping, less junk foods and more stringent MEAL PLANNING.

    I am definitely a firm believer that you can shop sustainably by buying local, organic food and save money at the same time.
    Good question Tsh!!!

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  56. No I do not buy organic. I’ve never suffered any dire consequences from this practice, and I have been shopping for my family for more than 30 years. I can’t even begin to compute the amount of inorganic produce that has passed through our systems. And yet we live to tell the tale.
    In the summer I do grow my own vegetables.

  57. it gets very expensive, so I look to the list of the “dirty dozen” – I keep it on my refrigerator door…….it advises to buy organic for certain items like strawberries, potatoes, celery – – and buy regular for things like broccoli, carrots, etc. I go by that when I can, and we buy organic meat for the most part. As for milk, we buy local milk that does not contain artificial growth hormone.

  58. We eat local and organic whenever possible. And we are extremely blessed that my parents have an organic farm so we personally know the source of our organic grass-fed beef and lamb, our organic free-range chicken and omega-3 rich eggs, our raw honey and a lot of organic produce.

    I believe buying and eating organic is SO important. I believe it’s important not only for our health but for the health of our planet not to use pesticides and herbicide on our soil. Not to mention GMO’s, irradiated food, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats and all the other things we don’t want to put into our children’s bodies.

    Thank you for raising this important issue!

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  59. Last year, I decided to start implementing as many organic fruits, veggies, milk and meats into our diet as I could. With the state of the economy, I’ve had to slow that down. We really enjoy the organic items and could definitely taste the difference, but they are just too expensive now. If there is a 20 cent difference between the conventional and the organic, I’ll grad organic, but lately it’s seems to be a multiple dollar difference.

    If I had the choice, I’d buy local. I like the idea that it hasn’t travelled far, organic or not. I also like the idea of supporting my local community.

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  60. Both are important — however, if money is tight, I tend to buy organic products that count the most – things that tend to have more chemicals, etc. used on them (i.e., tomatoes or tomato products, peanut butter, etc.) A lot of stores around us are coming out with their own organic lines (including frozen veggies-woohoo!) which really aren’t much more expensive than “normal” products. I love having these options since I’m a recent vegetarian convert (6 mos). Honestly, we would rather invest a little more up front to keep healthy – our health is a priority and it just made sense to both of us that decades of consuming chemicals can’t be that great for our bodies. We cut out where we need to to make it work (never had cable, no Starbucks, etc.). I would love to have a garden of my own someday too! 🙂

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  61. To Monique, just an FYI you can grow some of your own things even without the ‘Traditional’ gardening.
    I live on the 3rd floor of apartment building. I have a small patio and have done container gardening..in fact just blogged about it this weekend when I planted more goodies.
    That may be an option for those who don’t have ‘yards/land’ to garden on, do it in containers 🙂

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  62. I’ve never read the book, but hub and I decided to go organic when we got pregnant with our first baby. It’s been the best choice we’ve made. Even if there aren’t immediate signs of change, I know it’s made a difference to our health. Although when seasonal foods begin to pop up and farmers markets are a plenty, we always buy local. Of course there are only certain vendors I will shop from. But I love supporting local businesses.

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  63. I buy everything organic first, then local. I live in the dc metro area, so I don’t get to chat with the “local” producers to find out their practices. I base my decisions on the health of my family first, and the health of the planet second (and I live according to as many sustainable practices as possible). This choice works for me because a) my kids come first and b) the more demand for organic, sustainable practices, the more local options will become available. I’ve seen it happening in this area over the past 8 years we’ve been buying organic. If you’ve read the books out there, it’s hard to even eat ice cream that isn’t organic, and that’s saying something!

    P.S. Not only is organic chocolate syrup important, but so is fair trade! And fair trade bananas by definition have less pesticides, so bananas go organic, then fair trade, then regular.

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  64. I am still trying to “pick my battles”. I’d say my priorities right now are:

    1 – whole foods (cut back on artificial, processed, HFCS, etc)

    2 – local (the closer the food is, the sooner it gets to me, the healthier, IMO)

    3 – organic when possible

    My biggest concern w/ the organic thing is the animal products, so that’s where I’m trying to concentrate my funds and find a local source that cares for their animals.

  65. I buy organic as often as possible and haven’t changed my spending due to the economy, but we’re fortunate to have lots of organic options at a relatively affordable rate in Idaho (WAY cheaper than when we lived back East, but admittedly, not as many options in the grocery stores).

    If I have the option I buy local first, especially for meat, produce, dairy and eggs, and generally it’s grown without pesticides or raised without growth hormones. Among the local options, certified organic isn’t as common here, but stewardship of the earth and supporting local is very big. So I think this is the best option for the economy and for the health of my family.

    Our local farmers market runs Apr-Oct, with carryover into Dec for root veggies and has a 75 mile limit for every product sold, meaning vendors can travel only 75 miles to get here. They also require that something like 75% of what vendors sell be produced by themselves, which means you’re buying from the farmer/rancher directly and get to know who you’re supporting.

  66. I’m coming from a home where we had a lot of processed foods and honestly, I’m not 100% sold on organic in the first place (depends on what you’re looking for, personally “carbon footprint” is far from proven, so health and responsible management are the only viable reasons for me). My hubby and I have a tight budget so right now I’m looking more to less processed foods (cutting out HFCS, hydrogenated oils, etc.) and adding fresh fruits and veggies, which is hard enough for me right now. I’ll take it a step at a time.

  67. Just wanted to add to those who say they don’t eat organic because it costs more…in long run it really doesn’t.
    You’re eating better quality foods and not buying/wasting money on junk processed ‘food’.
    Not to mention the health aspect. I’ve been to a dr TWICE in 21 yrs…both times to give BIRTH! 20 yrs ago and 13 yrs ago. That’s it! No dr bills for me!
    Dentist: I’ve been to a dentist once in 25 yrs and that was about 7 yrs ago and only because the assist. there is friend and kept insisting I should come for cleaning…she, others couldn’t believe I had nothing wrong w/teeth and they’re clean/tartar/build up free!
    So, no dentist bills for me either!
    So, while I may pay slightly more than the average non organic eating person for my households foods I’m sure I’m saving LOTS more in the long run 🙂

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  68. I used to buy organic dairy, produce and meat. Now that we can’t afford it I try to find the most healthy food that I can: fresh and frozen produce instead of canned, lean meats, etc.

    If I had my choice I’d buy locally over organic.

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  69. I try to buy organic as much as possible. Always either organic or rbst-free for dairy/eggs. There are some fruits and veggies I will only buy organic (strawberries, peppers, rice, soy) as they are usually grown with the highest amount of pesticides. Local is definitely high priority, too. I’m looking forward to reading the book, which I received as a birthday gift a year ago!

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  70. Sometimes, if I find it cheap enough. I try to buy healthy and nautural things too. We can’t really afford to go all organic.

  71. I waiver on this. Lately, price has been my top concern these days since I am now a SAHM and the economy (anyone sick of that word yet) is what it is. When I can get organic on sale though, it’s my pick. Local is preferred too but sometimes it is not an option where I shop.

  72. I like knowing that what is going into my kids’ bodies is the best thing possible, and definitely make an effort to buy organic when I can, however it is limited to what I can afford that month. My youngest daughter has some food allergies that prompted our initial purchases for organic-only foods, and I make scheduled trips now to “Whole Paycheck” (aka Whole Foods) to get some items that she eats. Additionally, in Colorado we still have good, old fashioned milk delivery! So since moving here in 2001, I have had milk delivery from a dairy in Denver. I am supporting local with my milk/dairy goods purchases but also the quality of this milk FAR exceeds any organic milk you buy on the store shelves (because even organic milk is going to have additives of some sort to extend shelf life). Granted I pay more for this, but the benefits far outweigh the expense in our home.

  73. I would probably buy more locally if I didn’t live in the desert, so there’s a limited amount to choose from. I think if you can afford to buy organically and want to, that’s your choice, but for me, I opt for simplifying and buy my stuff at the store where I shop for everything else. I would have to make a special trip just for milk or produce or whatever if I wanted to do that. That said, I’m with Tamra. I avoid more processed food, as I think a regular diet of that stuff is worse. I want my children to enjoy real food, and I make a lot of my stuff at home so I know what’s in it. I guess we all have our quirks about what we feel is healthy and beneficial.

  74. I just started the book for next month and looking forward to it. Right now I buy milk and eggs organic. I also get cheese, fruit and veggies organic when I can find them on sale. I have purchased local on occasion and enjoy doing so but, for everyday purchases I go to the grocery. I try to do what I can. I can be different from week to week – some weeks I have more cash flow then others.

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  75. So, I replied earlier, but I had another thought. While I would typically choose organic over local, our milk comes from a local (hormone and antibiotic-free, but not *actually* organic dairy. I like it because it’s local and they deliver (saving me from having to cart 3-4 gallons of milk home every week), and the milk is absolutely scrumptious. I love milk, and this is a priority for me so it takes precedence over buying organic.

    So in other words, I guess it depends?

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  76. We belong to a CSA from May – Nov. It is a long time for me between Dec – April. To buy in a grocery store what we get through our CSA would be out of our budget. I wrote about our CSA on my blog a few weeks ago. They are awesome and so worth it for us. I do buy organic milk, eggs and yogurt and occasionally chicken when on sale.

    CSAs take care of the local vs. organic issue for us…for at least part of the year.

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  77. I started buying organic back in 2005. All meats, dairy and eggs are always organic. since the economy has taken a turn for the worse, we just buy less and eat more veggies, grains, pasta which I don’t always buy organic now (did but had to change due to higher prices).

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  78. Great question. I’d rather buy local than organic. I read “How to Pick a Peach” (I think that was its name), and it really opened my eyes to how farmers work. Some farmers spend the extra for organic because they can get more for it, but I’d rather have a relationship with who I buy from. The farmer down the road from me is a sweet old man who does use chemicals but only when it’s essential for the health and protection of the plants. But I also don’t have kids, so… I might eventually change my mind. 🙂

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  79. We do buy nearly all organic and we choose locally grown whenever possible. I do however shop first with nutrition in mind so I will still buy a F&V that is organically imported if it completes our nutritional spectrum.
    Organic food became one of our major priorities when we had a family so we eliminated other lower priority food items that we are better off without. I have found that packaged foods really drive up the price of a food bill so we feel we are still financially ahead cooking with whole ingredients that we can cook from scratch. Great question and interesting comments from your readers!

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  80. No doubt in my mind that local is more important than organic, especially since local growers are influenced by their customers and will change to meet their demands if that happens to be organic.
    Certified organic is an incredibly broad term with plenty of room for interpretation by producers. Because the organic industry is so huge it just cannot be regulated like it needs to be. Of course organic is good but not necessarily that different from whatever you want to call all the other food out there.

  81. Great question. This has been a slow and educational journey for me. Like many other commentors, I am first and foremost trying to rid our lives of processed food. I think this is the first step … thinking natural instead of organic. Now I am buying almost all organic fruits and veggies. I don’t buy organic bananas or melons. I find that organic meat and dairy products are so very expensive. In order to keep a tight budget, I only buy organic milk 50% of the time. I buy Laura’s lean beef which is hormone free but not organic. We have a wonderful farmers market in town that’s open from May-October. I love to buy local and will almost always do so if it is cheaper than buying organic from our grocery store. If readers are interested in going the organic route, I think it’s best to ease your way into it … it won’t be such a shock to the wallet.

  82. I subscribe to a local organic CSA- so I’d say both are important to me! That said, my daughter loves grapes and berries, so when they go on sale, I buy them even though their conventionally grown in Mex or Chile.
    Before the CSA we shopped farmer’s markets and used the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” guide to buying organic which tells you the top 12 items that you should buy organic.
    Looking forward to the next book for sure!

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  83. It’s very important to me to buy organic dairy products for my kids and I try to buy organic fruit and veg, but I am cutting back a bit on that since the economy fell apart.

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  84. We buy organic when it is available. Meats and dairy items are a must! We buy the organic fruits and veggies that we can find at the time – Whole Foods is quite a hike from our home and we get there once a month. As far as seafood, organic or wild caught. We are very fortunate, for the economy has not affected us at this time. I can tell you, however, I would find another place to cut costs if necessary. I would even give up my vino :).

  85. I try to purchase the “worst offenders” organic when I can, and the slowdown of economy and soaring food prices have definitely taken their toll on that. The only things that I can still afford organic are some canned goods and dried grains/beans. Or if produce is SUPER on sale.

    I buy locally in the summer, but there really isn’t opportunity to buy local in the winter. Hello–it’s MN! We grow snow. That’s all. 🙂

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  86. I am neither for nor against organic, though I do not buy it for my family (purely a money issue). I would rather shop at a farmer’s market than a grocery store, but again, I find those much more expensive.

    I think the bigger issue at stake is what our priorities are. There are so many good things to spend our time on, including eating well. But it occurs to me that it can become quite a distraction from our family’s financial well-being (being out of debt), spiritual well-being, and helping those who cannot EAT, much less eat organic. Organic is so far out of the realm of possibility for many people.

    I think the trend toward Organic is good–that we ought to treat our animals well and show good stewardship over our Earth and our bodies. I think buying local is good. As long as it doesn’t draw our attention from some more important things.

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    • I absolutely agree with your comment on helping others who have no food at all. We’ve trimmed our food budget by several hundred dollars recently and that money goes straight to Guatemala to feed families there. It just seems the right thing to do once you get to know the families that are starving. Thanks for making this point.

  87. Oh, p.s. I buy organic dairy whenever possible, and almost always for my 18-mo-old daughter.

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  88. I buy many things in organic. We try to live by Michael Pallen’s book “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” and while he doesn’t say “eat all organic”, oftentimes the organic foods are more “real”. We stay away from preservatives, additives and try to find the purest form of the foods we’re buying. We have a garden in the summer and buy locally whenever possible. The farmer’s market is not open year round here unfortunately. Also we do not eat any and all food labeled “organic” – there are organic processed non-foods out there, too. So yes, we do buy organic food, but not because it is labeled such – because oftentimes the foods that have the shortest ingredient list and don’t come from animals treated with anti-biotics are also organic.

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  89. Local first then organic, but really both are important to us. Lately however we have had less income and therefore organic has not been much of an option for us. I do have big plans this year for our small garden though – both local and organic – yeah!

  90. Mostly organic, though when I have a choice I’d go local if possible (best yet would be from our own garden or park plot). I spend a lot of money on food, and lots less on clothes, air conditioning and other things that are considered essential.

    Oh, and Dana, the reason to eat organic is so that the times you eat fast food, your body able to handle all the fat and chemicals.

  91. I think I’m probably the odd one out, but I don’t purposefully set out to buy organically or locally unless it’s a product that seems to be of better quality. For example, I usually find that lettus of any sort this time of year is pretty terrible. But I’ve noticed that the bagged organic lettus is healthier looking, so that’s what I buy.

    However, I do plan to have my own veggie garden this year, and I’m very excited about it because I’ll KNOW where those veggies have been and what products (none) have been used on them.

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  92. We used to buy primarily organic and local but when we decided to add two more to our family via adoption we knew that some financial changes would need to be made and organic was one of them. We are a family of 6 now and can spend quite a bit on food as it is. Or ganic milk was the last to go; just last month I switched us over to non-BGH milk (but not organic or local) and that alone saves us $60 a month. Now my only criteria are the eggs have to be free-range, the milk has to be non-growth hormones and on a rare occassion when we buy chicken it is the fully certified good stuff. The rest just has to be healthy in general.

  93. Buying organic all around is important to me. I have maintained buying organic food when I can – particularly milk and meats and those fruits and veg that are most susceptible to the pesticides. I will say though, that with the economy, a lot of my other organic purchases have subsided. I have a 5 month old and initially I was dedicated to buying everything organic – organic clothing, organic cloth diapers, organic baby carriers. But it’s just turned out to be financially unrealistic. Organic products (excluding the food stuff) are so much more expensive. How could I justify paying twice as much (or more) for clothing that my son would quickly outgrow?

    Putting that aside, I will continue to buy organic and local foods. I’ve even signed up for our neighborhood CSA this summer.

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  94. I buy organic dairy products and fruits and vegetables. But I prefer to buy locally in farmers markets. Especially since organic products have become so expensive a whole organic chicken at Trader Joe’s is $15 versus a larger Perdue chicken which is $6, more than double the price. In addition, there have been many instances in which products claim to be organic but are really not organic which makes me wonder “Is this item really organic?” Thus, I am going to start my own garden this spring and am going to do more research on organic products.

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  95. When we were living in the states, there was a Whole Foods not more than 5 minutes from my house. I shopped there whenever possible for our meats and produce, as well as healthier versions of our favorite snacks. Where we lived there was a local family-owned dairy in the area that delivered to our door every week, and while they weren’t organic, they didn’t give their cows hormones or steroids… and that was more important to me than the organic aspect of it.

    Now we live overseas in Japan, and our commissary does what it can for organic products on its shelves and in its freezers, but whether they have these items on a regular basis is hit or miss. Local produce isn’t usually organic, but as the season ripens I’ll be shopping at local farmer’s markets rather than the commissary. Better quality is worth the extra cost.

    The milk here is crazy expensive: over $2 per half-gallon for non-organic, and $4.50 for organic, so I only buy organic for our toddler who’s still drinking whole milk. The rest of us drink 1% (they don’t stock that in organic, anyway).

    Personally, when it comes to meats and dairy products, I’m more concerned about the hormone levels than the pesticide levels in produce. I’ve tried limiting our consumption of meat products to make up for the fact that we don’t have access to organic, which is better for us anyway.

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  96. We buy organic and local. That’s it. If they don’t have an organic or local version then we skip the item. Even with the economy the way it is we still eat this way as our health is more important than a nest egg. No point in saving money on food if you aren’t going to be around to enjoy it.

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  97. Organic has been off the radar for us for a while now, though we’d of course love to do it. We still love to buy locally, going to farmer’s markets whenever we can. Not only are we supporting the locals, but they’re often also organic and it’s less pollution because their goods don’t have to be shipped across the country. So, local, is definitely a higher priority for us than organic. (That’s why we almost always buy General Mills…their a local company for our region, and they have an organic line: Cascadian Farms).

  98. I always buy organic dairy. Always. I was trying to buy organic whenever possible for awhile, but with grocery prices skyrocketing… I mainly try to focus on the “dirty dozen”. From June to October I buy as much as possible at the farmers’ market. If I had to choose, I would buy local over organic.

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  99. I feed the baby all organic dairy, and as much organic produce as I can afford. I love to have organic for me and John too….but we can’t always afford it. Plus in our small community, there are just food not available organic. BUT….then comes the growing season. I just found a farmer who grows organic spring through fall….and he is just 15 miles from me. Organic, Local, and a good price…..I think I’m in food heaven!!!!!

  100. I started organic milk 7 years ago. I won’t give it up. We bought 1/4 of cow for our beef. I am scared of chicken so we don’t have it as much. I am aware of the “dirty dozen” and try to purchase when on sale. I buy organic eggs and yogurt. I have to laugh, with the current food prices I may have all my organics that I can afford and the cheap stuff on the end caps like pop tarts (yuck) all in the same basket!

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