Since we are having trouble with the term "organic"...
"Organic foods are made according to certain production standards, meaning they are grown without the use of conventional pesticides and artificial fertilizers, free from contamination by human or industrial waste, and processed without ionizing radiation or food additives. If livestock are involved, they must be reared without the routine use of antibiotics and without the use of growth hormones, and generally fed a healthy diet. In most countries, organic produce may not be genetically modified."
There are more nutrients, so yes. I'm attempting to be predominately raw, so organic fruits and vegetables are a must if I want to avoid deficiencies.
I remember reading a very very interesting article from the man that starred as the naturalist from Mad Mad House about his raw food diet. Although I love cooking way too much to convert (both doing and eating it) I remember enough of it to lend me to prefer snacking on raw vegetables instead of buying a can of anything.
Originally Posted by Geoff
For those who do, can I ask a supplementary question. Why?
Hm.. I suppose it's no more the difference between eggland's best eggs and regular store-brand eggs. Just depends on how much you want to get out of your food, where your paranoia's are, etc. I have this mentality "Well, if I'm going to pay $1.something for eggs anyways, I might as well buy some with Omega-3 in them."
As for myself, I go to the farmer's market. When I'm a bit more well-off, I'll join the Farmer Market Organizations where they deliver weekly in-season produce and fruit to your door. I like supporting things like this.
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Serious: I don't really think too much about organic or not. I do buy raw fruits and veggies to snack on because they're yummy. Not because I'm all health conscious. I'm one of those people that if it tastes good I'll eat it, regardless of how healthy it is or isn't. I'd be a hypocrit if said I actually worry about my health, because I don't.
I'd be a hypocrit if said I actually worry about my health, because I don't.
If I were 19-22 I wouldn't worry about my health either. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted when I was college agged and gained the senior 25. LOL.
Organic is only for you if you believe pesticides and preservatives are bad for you. However, if you use air freshener and other typical household cleaning products or work in an office that uses industrial cleaners and products made of plastic (your phone) and computer monitors that off-gauss (sp?) then you're not really stopping the tidalwave of toxins from coming in.
Also, there are 2 different official standards of organic in the states. I believe that European (or at least French?) standards for 'organic' are MUCH higher than the states.
If you want truly organic and not wonder about where it really came from, you should grow your own fruits and veggies. I may do that even in a condo by terracing.
Eating organic for health reasons is usually part of a larger lifestyle that includes being active in nature, buying 'free trade' items, and being either neo-rustic Americana, yuppie, exotic bohemian or a combination of all three.
I was just thinking how limited pre-set lifestyles are in the states and it slightly depressed me.
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I'm with Cze Cze on the aspects of a rigid lifestyle. It causes disruption in any number of ways. I try to eat homegrown fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Buy locally. Try to avoid items which have preservatives or other chemicals in them. (Most household tasks can be accomplished with vinegar, bleach, other common substances.)
But I'm not a slave to the habit. It cracks me up when I see people in the supermarkets turning a quick job into an afternoon's work fussing over ingredients and process. As mentoned, it's nearly unavoidable to come into contact with any number of unhealthy things.
And, as a hostess, I find it aggravating to host a number of people who have to make a big deal out of what they will and won't eat. This number is on the rise and they can be pretty militant about it. Puhleeze. When I'm invited somewhere I eat what looks most healthy to me and sometimes I splurge and eat something which isn't. But I find it uneccessary to go into a dissertation about my special needs. Or to put my hostess through the third degree about her cooking ingredients or methods.
When I host I try to provide a large variety of sugar-free items and other healthy foods mixed in with the all-kindsa-stuff-that's-not-good-for-you-but-great-to-eat stuff.
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