Last week I pulled out my soapbox for Parents.com.
In “Why I’ll Still Buy Organic,” I explain, well, why I’ll still buy organic food even though researchers at Stanford University found that it’s no more nutritious than conventionally farmed. To me, that’s not exactly news. Click through to read why.
How about you? Did all that hubbub change your buying habits?
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I wasn’t buying organics before that article. I think organic is definitely a parent-driven market.
In my personal experience, the organic veggies didn’t taste any better than the regular old veggies. I also found that many of the organic veggies spoiled in a day or two compared to the non-organics that last for about a week in Tupperware FridgeSmart containers. I cannot justify spending more money for less value.
During the summer I try to buy the good seasonal stuff (tomatoes, corn, berries) at the farm stand. Not because I’m all trendy localvore blogger but because it tastes better.
I think you’re right about the parent-driven point–I wrote in the Parents piece about how my own buying changed after having Harry. And I hear you on the savings. But did you ever ask yourself *why* conventionally-grown produce lasts longer? The main difference is the chemicals, I’d say. So I buy organic, but in smaller quantities. I shop more often, but I don’t find that things go bad before I can use them.
Debbie, I’m ok with more chemicals in conventionally grown food if it means being able to use the veggies bought on Friday afternoon can be used for dinner on Monday and Tuesday.
I just can’t go to the supermarket 3x a week. I work 9 hours with a 40 minute commute each way and go to the gym before I get home to make dinner. I need to shop once, cook 3x and repurpose leftovers 1x.
I totally get it, Stee! Everyone does what works best for his/her family, and that’s cool. I’m lucky enough to work from home–and work as a food writer, so not only do I have the opportunity to shop a few times a week, it’s kinda my job 😉