See, and I have friends on the other side of spectrum that are so PRO-organic that it's borderline obnoxious. These people push it to the point where I know others have felt that they are crappy parents when they don't buy organic. And really, buying organic does not make you a good parent. I get the idea of it, I understand why organic is better, but I also think you have to do what works best for your family.
For us, organic 100% of the time would mean that we wouldn't be able to afford other necessities. I buy specific things organically (veggies or fruits that absorb chemicals more, like potatoes etc), and other things like bananas or oranges, I buy non-organic. For a family who doesn't have a ton of money, buying organic 100% of the time, is just not plausible.
The other thing I do, is read labels. I don't buy things that have a list a mile long of ingredients that are not necessary. I try to buy all natural products/organic products for DS, and in the summer, I scope out the farmer markets for local produce.
It's all about priorities. For us, having enough food to feed DS and ourselves trumps buying all organic products. We have a good balance, and it works.
|Where I live, buying all organic would double my grocery budget easily.
I could "afford" to buy all organic, but I'd prefer to send my kids to college.
Yeah, I'm curious where you shop? Our organic sections in our grocery stores here are limited, and to top that, they are way overpriced. For instance, I can get a LB of banana's for .78 or less in the non-organic section. Organic bananas? At LEAST $2-3 a LB. DS eats bananas like they are going out of style, so to have to buy as many as I do, I'd end up with mainly bananas in our produce budget, and not much else. Other items like yogurt, and such, I can get a pack of yogurt, sweetened with natural fruit juice for 5 bucks, and there are 12 decent sized containers in them. The organic stuff? I can get a small container for $5, or 4 tiny containers for $4. Again, this is a staple in our house, and if I bought the organic ones, we'd easily be paying $15 + a week for yogurt alone!
It's not cheap to buy organically, and I think it stinks that some people think that those who don't buy organically are ignorant. We try to do it, but we have to balance things out, and as much as I would LOVE to buy all organically, it's just not plausible for us.