I agree that we pretty much agree :)
There are times when "not outrageously expensive" isn't enough though for me to make it through a week's worth of meals. I already push it a lot for the higher-quality items we buy and I just don't feel like I "ought to" be pushing it further. I used to grow a lot when my kids were little littles, then couldn't really afford the time, and my kids have huge appetites now.
There are quite a few things buy in quantity in the cheapest store brand for which my cost would be more than doubled in organic products. That's true of eggs when my local egg lady is in her slow season. It's true of most meats including our farmer's market meats. Similar with dairy, cheese, tortillas, frozen vegetables, and others. I may not mind paying $5 per pound of organic butter but I can still get it for $2.50 if it isn't organic. While paying $3 for OG tortillas isn't outrageous if I'm otherwise paying $1.40 then it's still twice that frugal option and I usually buy six packages at a time. When my farmer isn't producing enough milk to sell us, I can choose to pay $2.89 or about $7.00 per gallon (for local nonorganic good-farm milk in glass bottles) or almost as much for the corporate organic version. (Although my local farm eggs and milk are organic and both are cheaper than grocery organic and close actually to conventional grocery store prices. So lucky!) I eat a whole milk yogurt I love, not organic, $2.15 a quart I think and $5 is probably typical for OG, and I do not like making my own yogurt. I pay $8 a quart for local cream and that's also double the Walmart price here. Ground beef is under $3 a pound at the supermarket and the local grass fed price is around $6.00. While I may not consider those prices outrageous the difference in cost is quite significant. While for these it may be double for many others is just a 50% markup--still a lot. My $400-500 could easily become $700-800. And I already fuss too often at my children to save food because of cost.
Anyhow, I do have to be very careful, our income can vary and no portion of it is absolutely certain. I would be digging our financial grave to buy beyond my means. I very, very carefully do without some things and shop organic for others but sometimes buying conventionally-farmed foods is the very best possible decision I could make at that time and I am not into feeling guilty about sound decisions. I really struggle not to feel miserable about our financial situation, and feeling guilty about not providing the right foods would drag me down.
Anyhow I did not mean Rachel that organic doesn't matter at all, just that it matters less than avoiding sugar or getting exercise or drinking plenty of high-quality water. I agree that it matters-- both at the production and the consumption levels. But all other things being equal if I had to pick between a sugary organic cereal and a sugarless nonorganic I'd name the sugarless one the healthier choice. (A nonsugary organic one would of course be the very best option.) If I had to choose whether to have an organic apple plus tap water, or a nonorganic apple plus our filtered water, I'd probably skip the apple or peel the nonorganic one, but I would definitely choose the purified water--even though in an ideal world I would not compromise on either. I think also if I had to choose between raising a completely sedentary child eating 100% organic foods and a child getting lots of exercise and contact with plants and clean air who may eat mostly conventionally-produced foods I'd lean toward the active child being able to better cleanse and heal toxins rather than the inactive child being somehow healed by the cleaner nourishment of the organic foods.
When I have to compromise only sometimes is being organic more important than being cheap. Local sways me far more than organic because I believe that it is the more powerful investment in sustainable economics and farming practice.