Today’s Parenting Tip (August 21)

Organic foods might not be worth the cost for your family

I’ve long been suspicious of organic foods, and the incredible heath promises they make. Typically, the only time organics have made it into my kitchen is when I buy them by accident. (A friend of mine who did that once later found her lettuce crawling with bugs.) An interesting article in TIME magazine says. . . guess what? Organics for your family may cost more, but they bring no guarantee of heath.

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http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1651501,00.html

Look, if my kids are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables because trace amounts of pesticides and fertilizers – for which researchers have been able to find no negative health impact in humans – makes the produce big and beautiful and taste good well. . . I’m good with that.

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3 thoughts on “Today’s Parenting Tip (August 21)”

  1. You seem to feel that people who purchase organic goods do so to feel superior. So you spend the whole time explaining why NOT buying organic makes you superior. Odd, I didn’t know grocery shopping was a competition. You seem to feel the main reason people buy organic is health. I buy for the taste. That cheap and “luscious” looking produce in your grocery store has been bred to travel well and some of the taste is gone from these commercially produced products. The locally grown (read fresh), sometimes organic fruits and vegetables I purchase are not as gorgeous and certainly not as large but the flavors are more intense. And I hardly think a few less pesticides in the world is going to hurt anyone. You also point out that since organic costs more people will have to buy less produce therefore receiving fewer health benefits. You may be broke but I’m not. I can buy as much organic produce as non-organic. And since they taste better, we eat more of them. The core of your article is that some findings show that organic produce does not necessarily make you more healthy. That’s fine – that’s a good premise for an article. Stick to that and leave the self-righteous BS in the compost pile.

  2. Betsy,

    You want to know the difference between nonorganic and organic?

    Nonorganic: fertilize during the day.

    Organic: fertilize during the night.

  3. What an excellent diatribe on ignorance and arrogance – very well suited to the typical all consuming, must have it now at any cost, American (dare I say Walmart-loving) consumer. While it may be true that organics aren’t any healthier for you nutrition wise, they certainly are better for your overall health as they don’t carry nerve toxin pesticide residues, which build up in the body over time, have been shown to cause cancer and affect the human reproductive system. Pretty serious stuff.

    Beyond that, the petro-chemical based fertilizers used to grow your “cheap, luscious-looking produce from the conventionally-farmed-food aisles” (I do note you didn’t say “flavorful”) have been found through numerous studies to seriously deplete soil nutrients, requiring heavier doses as time goes on. Basically, your produce and fruits can’t grow without the chemicals – in human terms we label that “addiction”. And we’re not even discussing the fuel necessary to transport them from their overseas farms, nor of the substandard growing practices of those countries (how about some lead with your China raised spinach?).

    Organic farming seeks to reverse that addiction by simply using what the earth gave us – fertile soil, sun and water – to grow food in a time tested manner that does not poison and kill the very land that sustains us. If you believe that cheap, chemical laden foods, from sometimes dubious sources, are what’s best for your family, then that is your choice. But because we care about what goes IN our bodies, we’ve made our choice for organics – its what’s best for our family.

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