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What's the verdict on organic produce?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 08, 2010 at 5:11 PM

After searching around here a bit, there's a lot of questions about pastured vs conventional meat sources, but little about organic vs conventional produce. Since I've gone paleo (lacto-paleo, I suppose, I eat cream and butter and small amounts of cheese), our grocery bill has shot up substantially and we're not able to really afford the increase right now. Most of our meat we hunted and the rest we buy in bulk. Come summer, all our produce will be from our garden and we will put even more of a focus on preserving this year. So my hope is by late summer, our grocery bill will be down to coconut products, eggs and cream/butter.

In the meantime, however, we're looking for ways to cut down that bill and organic veggies and fruits are on the chopping block. What are the latest thoughts about the safety and nutrition of non-organic produce. I have a 1 year old that I'd prefer not to poison, so I'm definitely worried about safety. Can anyone point me research or other reliable sources leaning one way or the other? Thanks!

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on May 31, 2010
at 04:36 PM

thats why we should be eating the organic, pastured, grass fed, sustainable stuff :)

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on April 09, 2010
at 11:49 PM

If you aren't already, buy coconut oil in bulk - there is a huge difference in price.

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on April 09, 2010
at 04:32 PM

That's a great link!!

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on April 09, 2010
at 03:33 PM

Great answer. Kim, you seem to be in a really fortunate position!!

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on April 09, 2010
at 03:30 PM

remember meat will also contain pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones unless certified organic.

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on April 08, 2010
at 07:56 PM

I think your last sentence is the key! I feel like I have my family's diet nailed down to 80% of what I want it to be. I need to just NOT WORRY about a few months of non-organic veggies! Thanks!

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on April 08, 2010
at 05:41 PM

I found this list about pesticide content in fruits and vegetables online a few days ago:

http://www.foodnews.org/fulllist.php

Keep in mind that organics are not necessarily pesticide free. Organics are allowed to approved chemicals.

While it would be nice to eat 100% chemical free foods, in today's world it's pretty difficult. But we obviously haven't all been killed off yet by residual chemicals in our foods. At least you're fortunate enough to be able to hunt for most of your own meat and at least grow some of your own produce. I would try not to worry too much about the rest.

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on April 09, 2010
at 03:33 PM

Great answer. Kim, you seem to be in a really fortunate position!!

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on April 08, 2010
at 07:56 PM

I think your last sentence is the key! I feel like I have my family's diet nailed down to 80% of what I want it to be. I need to just NOT WORRY about a few months of non-organic veggies! Thanks!

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on April 08, 2010
at 05:40 PM

I've been following the basic outline in this article (available on about eleventy billion sites, so this is by no means canonical): http://www.healthcastle.com/organic_foods.shtml - basically, thin-skinned fruits and leafy things I buy organic, the rest I don't always bother.

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on April 09, 2010
at 04:32 PM

That's a great link!!

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on April 08, 2010
at 07:09 PM

You could also cut down on the amount of vegetables and fruit that you eat, thus getting more of your intake from meat. For example, ground beef has 5 times as many calories as an apple, but doesn't cost 5 times as much. It's more filling, and contributes to your protein and fat intake, which is required by the body, and reduces your fructose intake, which is not required.

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on April 09, 2010
at 03:30 PM

remember meat will also contain pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones unless certified organic.

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on May 31, 2010
at 04:36 PM

thats why we should be eating the organic, pastured, grass fed, sustainable stuff :)

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on April 10, 2010
at 01:24 AM

Try the ewg website... it posts a list of fruits/veggies in terms of their pesticide load then says try to stay away from the top 10 worst. Gives you an idea of what you can just buy non-organic and still feel relatively safe. I have a 1 and a 3 y.o. so i feel better knowing I keep the worst stuff off their plates.

http://www.foodnews.org/fulllist.php

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on April 09, 2010
at 04:46 PM

I suggest buying only what's available from local farmers.

That said, here's an argument for spending a little more time and money on local, organic produce:

avoiding nanotechnology.

Article 1:

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Article 2:

While nanotechnology does not involve any genetic manipulation, many companies are keeping secret about the work they're doing.

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