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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:54 AM
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Poll question: Do you eat organic?
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 11:54 AM by janesez
My husband and I have been eating organic as much as possible for the past couple of months, and we really enjoy both the taste and how we feel. Unfortunately, we can't afford to buy everything organic, although we still try to go for the "natural" option, with no trans fats or partially hydrogenated anything, and NO high fructose corn syrup, which I firmly believe is what is killing us as a society.

So, do you eat organic?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:54 AM
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1. "organic food gives you cancer"
industry sources have stated.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:56 AM
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3. Are these sources inside your brain right now?
The meds make the voices stop, you know.
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:59 AM
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6. i said "industry" sources
not "head" sources.

the voices in my head tell me, "why do they keep coming to me to die, why do they keep coming to me to die?"
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:21 PM
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11. frankly, I suspect your data
But then we can all chose what to believe in life, right?

Have a good weekend and don't forget to eat some veggies!
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:56 AM
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2. As much as I can, yes.
I've also cut most of the HFCS in my diet.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:56 AM
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4. scam
how much faith do you have in FDA inspectors?


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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:05 PM
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8. "organic" and "sustainable" are the new sexy marketing trends
slap one of these labels on something and the rubes will pay 35% more for the same crap that all comes from ADM anyway.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:57 AM
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5. As much as I can afford.
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 11:59 AM by LeftyMom
I try pretty hard to get only organics in foods that have high pesticide use otherwise (like celery) or that are largely GMO otherwise (corn, soy.) Other stuff? I do what I can, based on my budget and what's available. Luckily, food here is very cheap, because so much can be grown here.

I also try pretty hard to avoid HFCS.
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tjwmason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:03 PM
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7. For a significant proportion of my food.
Less so meat, which is still less available over here. All of my milk is organic (which means inter alia that the calves resulting from it can't be put into veal crates), and a large proportion of my vegetables.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:12 PM
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9. Yep, buy organic most of the time
it tastes better and I like not eating chemicals and pesticides.

I don't eat HFCS, don't eat a lot of sugar anyway. Don't miss it. I eat the most low GI stuff I can find.

There are severalf farmers markets around here which I can take advantage of in the warmer months. Mammoth one over in Raleigh.

A friend down the road sells organic milk and milk products in his own country store, but you can still get their stuff in the grocery store around here. Like bread, I eat milk sparingly because it doesn't like me. :P

I eat organic meats and wild fish. Mostly eggs, egg substitutes, chicken and turkey, some pork. Beef maybe once a month. I like buffalo too.

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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:20 PM
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10. somewhere between choice two and three
I have been buying a lot more organic, but it's not "most" either.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 12:31 PM
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12. other, only the stuff I grow myself usually n/t
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nam78_two Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 01:59 PM
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13. I try to eat mostly organic food.nt
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YankeyMCC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:06 PM
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14. I first try to buy local
when I buy processed or something from outside New England I try and buy organic.
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:11 PM
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15. Once I tried organic milk, I couldn't go back to that other shit.
Organic milk is more flavorful (even 2% has as much flavor as regular whole) and it lasts much longer (organic milk is ultrapasteurized as opposed to simply pasteurized). As for other organics, it just depends on how much money I have and how it looks that day. I'd love to go completely organic, but that may not be possible in my foreseeable future unless I start growing all of my own vegetables (which could happen).
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distantearlywarning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:03 PM
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19. I noticed that too!
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 03:04 PM by distantearlywarning
The organic milk tastes about 1000 times better than non-organic milk. I can't drink the regular stuff anymore - it tastes like it's been watered down or something.

I can also strongly taste the difference between organic beef and regular beef, to the point where I refuse to eat "normal" beef anymore. It tastes funny, and I mean that in a bad way.

I can't tell the difference with fruits and veggies and chicken, though.
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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:23 PM
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25. I have yet to try organic beef, but I look forward to it, especially now that you've recommended it.
I agree with the chicken and some produce, but I've noticed that fruits and vegetables that are commercially picked early and artificially ripened with chemicals, like tomatoes, don't hold a candle to their organic counterparts. And, even if you can't taste the difference, at least you aren't ingesting a bunch of dioxin with your food when you eat organic.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:14 PM
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16. Other: When I have that option.
Now that I can't cook, I have to buy my food packaged or take-out. I don't have much control over whether or not I get organic food anymore. :(
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LynzM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:06 PM
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20. Thom, I'm taking you to our food co-op :)
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 03:18 PM by LynzM
Either Saturday before the party, or Sunday if the weather's ok, we're gonna go over and get the fixin's for a fantastic, organic, vegan yummyness :D

eta: I'm really sorry it's so hard for you to get the food you want :( Gah. :hug:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:53 PM
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23. Have I mentioned recently
how incredibly awesome you are? :loveya:

I really have to say that some of the greatest, most compassionate people I've ever met are people from here at DU. And you're definitely up on that list.
:hug:
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LynzM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:32 PM
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27. Awww....
Back at ya, dude! :hug: :loveya:
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 02:19 PM
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17. Is Carl's Jr organic?
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distantearlywarning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:01 PM
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18. We work hard on buying all organic food.
We can afford to do that, but the time to plan meals and find the stuff is sometimes a problem.

One thing that is absolutely forbidden to darken the doorway of our household is HFCS. I have recently discovered that I am sensitive to it (in a way that would be way too much TMI to describe), and beyond that it's just not good for us. Our gaming friends bring HFCS soda over for themselves, but both of us refuse to drink it, and we pour it down the drain if they leave it behind. It's amazing how difficult it is to find food without HFCS added, though! It's in f***ing everything, which makes me mad on a weekly basis. We spend half our time at the grocery store checking labels to make sure it's not in our kidney beans, or our tomato soup, or our salad dressing, or our...you name it. If anyone wants to know why Americans are all fat, they should educate themselves by going to the store and trying to plan a week's worth of food without any HFCS.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:10 PM
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21. Try Whole Foods, for everything except meat and fish
None of their products has HFCS in it. The only reason I exclude meat and fish is that I can't afford to buy those products at Whole Foods! My husband and I do pretty well with their produce and bulk food sections, though, and when we want trashy snacks like cookies. It's not actually that much more expensive than a regular supermarket if you're careful.
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:25 PM
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22. occasionally
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 03:25 PM by LSK
Probably would more if Whole Foods wasn't so damn far away. Target and Meijers sells a limited selection.
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1gobluedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:05 PM
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24. I try to eat organic as much as I can
Like you, I am trying to eliminate trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup from my diet. It's hard! That high fructose poison is in everything. I was overjoyed the other day when I discovered Hunts now has organic canned spaghetti sauce. It's way better than the other stuff.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:26 PM
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26. All I can afford is organic milk.
Fuckin $5-6 per gallon. x(

If I made more $$$ I'd eat more organic, though. :P
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