Friday, November 17, 2017

Organic Food at the Grocery Store

Photos by Salt Water New England
It was not that long ago that inquiries even for organic milk predictably invoked a quizzical look and occasionally a courteous, ineffectual phone call to the warehouse.  Today, thankfully, markets are replete with many different options, which are especially appreciated now that local produce is a bit harder to find. 

The question has shifted to, for which foods are the organic options the better choice?


8 comments:

  1. For me, things like berries and spinach, yes. Bananas and oranges, no. I've read even Walmart sells organic now. Not sure if your question was rhetorical, but gave you my opinion anyway. 😉

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  2. Use the 'dirty dozen' list (ewg.com) as my guide. Here in CA, all you have to do is go on the freeway to the Central Valley, the bread basket of the state, and see produce being sprayed with pesticides. As a rule, I get all berries and milk products organic.

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  3. Organic does not mean "no spray" and some organic products are sourced from heavily polluted places including China. I do my best to buy the best options available, so sometimes that means buying local non-organic.

    As far as animal products, other than when dining out, I purchase meat, poultry, eggs and fish that have minimum "humane" treatment ratings. The eggs I buy are "certified humane." What we choose to eat isn't just about what's good for us, but also for the gander, so to speak.

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  4. Local or not, everything is sprayed. There are synthetic & natural pesticides - both carcinogenic. Some produce are labeled 'organic pesticide free" plus farmers use mechanical and biological (e.g.,predator insects) means to keep produce more pleasing to the eye. I lived in China in my junior year and always had a good chuckle at the locally grown 'organic' vegetables sold at open air markets.

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  5. We finally gave up on that perfect answer and put in a garden. Our meats are divided between game and selections from a regular grocer. As my next door neighbor says, "The solution to pollution is dilution".

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  6. I shared the below article with everyone (family, friends) when the story posted. Maybe you all have already read it? If not it is informative. I now buy only local or Horizon organic milk. N from VA

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/why-your-organic-milk-may-not-be-organic/2017/05/01/708ce5bc-ed76-11e6-9662-6eedf1627882_story.html

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  7. Trader Joe's has great variety of organic food.

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  8. We use the dirty dozen list, too.

    Local, non-organic produce does get sprayed (obviously), but the amounts and the concentrations aren't the same as that applied by the huge, agribiz farms.

    Keep in mind, too, that organically grown doesn't mean free from toxins. The majority of rice grown and consumed in the US, for example, contains arsenic. That includes the organically grown rice. It's in the soil and gets absorbed by the plants. In China, for another example, much of the black tea--even if organically grown--has lead due to the lead used for years in gasoline raining down on crops (acid rain) and now in the ground. Past actions have done a lot of damage; we really need to pay some serious attention to our environment.

    Aiken

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