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Do You Buy Organic Foods?

Yesterday marked day one of the 2007 San Francisco Winter Fancy Foods Show (I'll be spotlighting my favorite finds throughout the week).
And although I'm not a morning person, I somehow managed to get my butt in gear in order to be seated for the 8:30am keynote by Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation).



During his keynote, which even Schlosser noted as depressing for an early Sunday morning, he talked about the state of our nation's eating habits and how unfortunate they are. We live in an era where (according to Schlosser's research), one of every five children eat french fries every day, and most of us consume what is quick and available. Overall, it was quite bleak, and mildly depressing (9am is really too early to learn about obese chickens grown for McNuggets). However, even when faced with all of his sad statistics, Schlosser manages to stay optimistic because:

It's not the fast food in the title that I care about, it's the nation.

He also remains optimistic due to the growth of consumer awareness. In the last 5-10 years, he has seen many more consumers become concerned with what they're eating, as well as a larger interest in organic and local foods.



So reader, how about you?

Do you buy organic foods?

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Jinx Jinx 10 years
I don't give any thought to organic foods. ------------------------------------------------------ Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. — Albert Einstein
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I find TRader Joes to be almost as epensive as Whole foods...am I not buying the right stuff? I'm all in.
cubadog cubadog 10 years
Here is Portland we have great options to buy Organic Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, New Seasons, and Farmers Market. I buy organic when it is available.
controlledspin controlledspin 10 years
I live in a small town, and my grocery options are very limited unless I want to drive over 75 miles to get to a good grocery store with good organic options, so I don't. I visited a friend in a larger city once, and saw a Trader Joe's and was amazed, but quite honestly, my budget doesn't really allow it around here.
Marci Marci 10 years
I LOVE Trader Joe's! But they aren't everywhere. Whole Foods is the next best thing. They have a good organic variety.
susanec susanec 10 years
I don't always buy certified organic fruits and veggies but I shop the farmers markets whenever possible. And I only duy organic dairy products.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I hear organic baby food is better than regular. So when I have kids and when I'm preggers, I'll probably buy organic.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
If I can't buy organic, I just won't buy it! Where I live, organic foods are what there is most of, being a poor country here in Mozambique (Africa) everything is organic, everything has flavour!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
i buy all my fruit organic even my spaghetti sause i dont know if they are everywhere but in CA there is a place called Trader Joes and most of their stuff is organic even cereal and its actually cheaper than the reg. stuff at the grocery stores!
Marci Marci 10 years
I read an article a while ago that listed produce items where the organic is significantly healthier, and those where it made little differene. I was so stupid not to save that list, but as a result of it only buy organic berries, non organic bananas. If that helps you at all. :)
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
I buy as much organic as I can, but I have 3 kids and have to keep to a reasonable budget. See my earlier post called Try to buy Organic for a list on the most important things to look for. I guess that would be like bluejeanie's dirty dozen- though I've never heard that term!
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i 100% buy organic and free-range animal products, if i can't afford it, i don't buy it. i buy my 'dirty dozen' fruits and veggies organic and as local as i can get it, the others i buy conventional (local always a plus). ::the platypus is proof that god has a sense of humor::
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
i buy organic when my budget allows. I'm all in.
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