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organic my A$$!

So again this week I am going to have to take the devils advocate side of this weeks topic-organic food.  Today I am stating that the “organic food” you find in your local supermarket is nothing but a bloody scam. The problem is that people buy organic products that look like they were made in a local hippie’s kitchen when they are acctually, more often then not, carrying a multinational logo. Phil Howard, a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Agro-ecology and Sustainable Food Systems, notes that according to one estimate, 40% of the packaged organic foods on the shelves of natural food stores are produced by some of the biggest companies in the world.
 The corporate takeover of organics can be seen as both a success and a failure for the organic movement, believes Howard. “On the one hand, the acreage devoted to organic production, without synthetic pesticides, increases every year to meet the market demand. On the other hand, some of the ideals of the organic movement, which was in a large part a response to industrial agriculture, have fallen by the wayside.” Organic agriculture increasingly resembles the global, industrial agriculture system it was created to combat, says Howard.
In my opinion organic food should be grown on your own by garden, sprouts and chickens, and we shoud not support these gigantic companies. Let me know what you think.

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Not just for HIPPIES anymore*

Organic food is something that has been given a bad rap for many years. That is until lately. People used to think that organic food was something that was just for the hippies to grow in the gardens along side their weed. Now with all the worries about global warming people are becoming more environmentally conscious and one way of doing that is through buying organic.

Many people are put off from buying organic because they think that it will cost them an arm and a leg. This isn’t entirely true. I am a full-time University student with no job and I still buy organic for no more cost then my sister and brother-in law. The trick is to know where to go to get it and what things are worth the money and what things aren’t.

 

There are twelve organic fruits and vegetables that you should always buy organic if you can get them:

1. Apples

2. Cherries

3. Grapes

4, Nectaries

5. Peaches

6. Pears

7. Raspberries

8. Strawberries

9. Peppers

10. Celery

11. Potatoes

12. Spinach (via)

 

A good rule to consider is that any fruit or vegetable that you will be eating the skin of then you should always try to buy that organic. The skin is where the pesticides will be found, so if you’re eating an orange that you will be peeling you don’t need to be too worried about eating what’s inside. However, if you are going to be zesting the peel and cooking with it then you should try to get organic. And from my shopping experience most fruits and vegetables are about the same price regardless of organic or not, so you might as well get organic.

 

Some other foods to consider trying to get organic is:

– Herbs

– Olive Oil

– Milk

– Beef

– Poultry (via)

 

Even though food is organic and should be pestiside free, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to clean it. Make sure to always give the same cleaning precautions to organic foods as you would inorganic ones.

 

 

Whether or not you chose to buy organic is a personal choice. There is still conflicting reports on the ultimate benefits of eating organic whether it’s worth the effort. Some people, like my father, swear organic food tastes better, but some people say there is no difference. But I hope next time you go to the grocery store if you see something organic next to something inorganic for the same price chose the organic one.

 

 

 

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