Originally Posted by sisteeesmama
What could be bad about organic food~ food that is not laden with pesticides and God only knows what else......and it does confound me that people can seem to come up with so many excuses why eating SAD really isn't that bad for you/big a deal.
I haven't noticed those posts. People are saying that some occasional junk food is okay. That's not the same thing as saying eating the SAD really isn't bad for you. SAD is a whole way of eating, not an occasional quick treat.
As for organics...the only "organics aren't that great" comments I'm seeing here are with respect to organic processed foods. Boxed mac and cheese is boxed mac and cheese. I'm sure Annies and the ilk leave out some truly nasty stuff that's in KD (which I do like, sadly)...but that doesn't make them healthy. They're still highly processed convenience foods. Being healthier than Kraft mac and cheese doesn't mean it's healthy.
And, the organics thing is way
over-simplified. As many posters have pointed out, a lot of organic produce comes from China. Does it make that much sense to avoid pesticides, but to simultaneously increase pollution by shipping food from China to North America?
I don't do that much organic. I'm thinking of switching to organic milk (our conventional milk is hormone free, though)...but it's very close to twice the cost, and I don't know if we can swing that. I don't do organic meat, because it's just too much money, and we eat a lot of meat...neither dh nor ds1 are going to stop doing that. I buy organic, free range eggs, and I try to buy organic strawberries, and local, organic apples. I'm far from doing as well as I plan to eventually, but I do pay attention to whether food is organic and where it comes from...and try to shop organic for the "dirty dozen"....when I can remember what they are. *sigh*
However, I have five people in my family, all with different tastes, and shopping is complicated enough. There's only so much time, energy and money available to put into this right now. I try to at least know what I'm doing, and not fool myself that I'm buying something healthy when I'm buying junk. If I buy organic snack foods, I see it as a lesser of two evils thing, not a "I'm feeding my family the best" thing.