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I'm wondering how important organic spices are....I'm trying to go as organic as possible right now I'd say I'm about 85% I cannot afford organic meat so I just avoid most meat would fish be safer than beef and chicken? What about pork ie pork roast or chops not bacon or sausage....I do not have the means to raise my own livestock or I would I am however considering a split with a friend on a cow in march or so up until then where do you purchase organic meat? Is it affordable? We are pretty frugal I have been pinching just to incorporate the modifications so far . I am also planning to garden this year as well will I need to be extra choosy on my seed purchaces? Sorry if I sound naive this is a very new chapter to my life thanks for any responses.
 

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I buy organic whenever I possibly can, and have been slowly replacing my non-organic spices, with organic ones, as I run out... Which is what I'd do if I were you. No need to throw out all the perfectly good spices that you have right now<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
You really should be extra-choosey about the seeds you buy, many in the stores have now been geneticly modified.. you want to buy good organic seeds. My dad buys his from Seeds of Change and/or Johnny's Seeds.<br><br>
As for the meat... if you can't find/afford free range/organic, and don't have the means to raise your own, or the ability to hunt... I'd go without. For me, its only partially health related. A large part, realy a bigger part, is that I simply can not support/condone the torture of animals. Which is what happens in the factory farms where 90% of the meat in america comes from - pigs that can't move, chickens and with their beaks cut off, cows fed nothing but corn (which they can not properly digest), etc. Its just cruel and totally inhumane how most animals in this country are raised... so I just won't buy it.<br><br>
As for fish.. be careful what you buy. A lot of fish these days comes from fisheries that are totally unsustainable (or if they are farmed are doing just as much, if not more, harm than the wild-caught vs). Also, alot of fish has a ton of mercury in it now... a good resource:<br><a href="http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp" target="_blank">http://www.mbayaq.org/cr/seafoodwatch.asp</a>
 
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