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i try to buy organic for some of the thinner skinned fruits and veggies since they are more susceptible to pesticides (did you know that tomatoes are exposed to 40 different pesticides?!) and i also use FIT to wash my veggies/fruits.<br><br>
i keep reading these articles about why i should go completely organic (including dairy and beef) and it frustrates me. i can't afford to spend money to go completely organic.. i mean, really. if its not one thing, something else is bound to kill me, right? (now we also have to worry about BPA in our plastics seeping out into our food/water). so what, those of us without the resources to afford extensive collections of stainless steel water bottles and glass containers are going to be weeded out by survival of the fittest??!<br><br><br>
anyhow. i just wanted to hear some other people's thoughts. GO.<br><br>
btw, here is the article from MSN i read today on BPA in plastic bottles:<br><br><a href="http://health.msn.com/health-topics/cancer/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100176179&GT1=10905" target="_blank">http://health.msn.com/health-topics/...6179&GT1=10905</a>
 

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I buy my grains, fruits and sometimes vegetables organic. I figure, not only do they have less toxins in them but they're richer in antioxidents and trace nutrients that help me process all the other toxins in the environment.
 

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As a rule I don't buy organic. The acception is, I go to our local organic and specialty food store to buy bulk spices, trail mix, chocolate coated ginger, etc. because it is less expensive.<br><br>
My reasons being is there is no proof that I will live an hour longer or improve my quality of life eating organic products as well as there is no proof the natural toxins in organic isn't less hazardos than the chemicals used in regular farming. The other reasons being the cost and poor quality of the product. This isn't to say that if I was served organic that I wouldn't eat it, as I will eat just about anything in my plate, inluding your hand it it is in the way.<br><br>
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no and yes. No, most of the time. Yes: my local supermarket often has its organic produce on the reduced for quick sale shelf. It looks as if they cannot really sell much of their organic stuff at full price.<br>
I have no preference, and would never go out of my way to buy organic.
 

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i try to buy organic when it is convenient and available. The natural food store i shop at only has organic produce, the regular market i buy whatever is available.
 

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I buy a lot of organic food, however I think local > organic. It just happens to work out that often local = organic. My town has an excellent farmers market running for 9 months of the year where I get almost all of my meat from my meat lady, and during the summer months I try to buy most of my veggies there too. We also have a great farm share program where you buy shares in local farms and get a big box of veggies every week during the growing season. When these options aren't available or are inconvenient there's also a good-sized grocery store that carries mostly local and organic food.<br><br>
When I don't buy local stuff I still wind up buying organic often because it has less crap in it. My boyfriend has a lot of allergies and if an ingredients list is a mile long chances are there's something in there he can't eat. For the same reason, tghe preservatives used on regular meat are why we buy the organic stuff instead in most cases.<br><br>
Unfortunately organic food and local food are expensive, which is often frustrating, but it's nice to know where my food comes from and what has gone into it, and as far as the meat goes, it definitely tastes better too...and I was vegetarian for the first 22 years of my life!
 

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I buy organic as much as I can afford in winter, but in the summer I buy from our local farmers markets and I make it a practice to ask the people I buy from about their farming practices. I have established a great relationship with a few farmers who I feel have the best practices. No they are not "officially" organic but they may as well be, and it's a leval that I'm OK with.
 

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I don't normally buy organic. There was an article about which foods are "most" important to get Organic in some magazine a while back.. Runner's World or Muscles and Fitness Hers or Oxygen... I'll try and dig it up for you if you want.
 

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If somebody can show me any research that shows a superior nutritional value in organic food, I might consider spending the extra money. So far, nothing came out. I prefer my food to be safe.
 

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Oh no runningfort3 this is going to mess up the bandwidth on this site. Larry
 

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You think so, Larry? Wait till we get a political thread <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
Although I think the organic/nonorganic debate is a bit political as well, since there's no evidence yet that it is about nutrition.
 

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<img alt="" src="http://www.qlif.org/qlifnews/april05/figurer/swrats.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><img alt="icon_sunny.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_sunny.gif"> There's a lot of research into the nutritional content of Organic. Mostly into things like mineral content and antioxidants, which we put to work regularly as athletes.<br><br>
One of my favorites, <a href="http://asap.sustainability.uiuc.edu/members/dananderson/files/orghealth1" target="_blank">sundried tomatoes</a> are better for you when organic.<br><br>
Found an EU based study with a <a href="http://www.qlif.org/qlifnews/april05/con2.html" target="_blank">big page of links to hard numbers</a>. <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">
 

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Quite awhile back I started doing some research on various, health products diets, organic foods, blessed water etc. I was led to an internet site called Quackbusters and started subscibing to thier email. Quite educational and I learned all the tricks folks use to mislead others in an effort to relieve the weight of thier wallets. How to make questionable studies look valid and how to see flaws in testing. I have since become quite sceptical on these things. My conclusion is that many of these things are just faith based.<br><br>
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You could do a Google scholar search of peer-reviewed scientific journal articles... there are hundreds and hundreds of them out there.<br><br>
For example:<br><a href="http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&lr=&safe=active&client=firefox-a&q=nutritional+studies+of+organic+vs+conventional&btnG=Search" target="_blank">http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl...al&btnG=Search</a><br><br>
The evidence seems to be mounting that organically grown food has higher nutritional value. Why that is and whether or not it's worth the price is a decision each person has to make... I'm not going to get into a political debate or try to change anyone's mind.
 

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I eat organic whenever possible. It's not what might be better there that's important to me. It's what organic doesn't have, chemicals, antibiotics and all kinds of other fun added stuff.
 

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Additionally, when I refer to organic I'm referring to vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy and animals. I'm not into industrial organic, frozen or processed organic, etc.
 
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