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Karen Ginsburg says ...
Organic products meet stringent USDA standards and help support local farmers like CSA's. It avoids eating inferior, and potentially dangerous products from China. Finally, I have atrial fibrillation, a serious heart condition with high potential for complications such as stroke and congestive heart failure. Organic foods from your market and other products from Whole Body, e.g., vitamins and nutritional supplements, are crucial for me.
08/31/2007 3:46:18 PM CDT
Christine from Texas says ...
I began Organic's when I choose to take over my own healthcare, when my various healthcare providers thought they could "cure" me with more antibiotics and other medicines. Of course, symptons were put at bay, but never were gone, just seemed to reoccur-but worse. I read Kevin Trudeau's book: Natural Cures, What they don't tell you. And it changed my life, the book was a bit hokey at times, but it was all I needed to jump start my health, for myself and my children. Even with the prices higher, it didn't matter, if you're cutting out the High Fructose, and Hydrogenated oils, at the very least, you're saving a bundle right there. You won't find those ingredients at Whole Foods!!!! Go Green! As soon as I did, I was receiving coupons "to come back" from all the Kroger's, Randall's, etc. Amazing how those grocery stores have changed and they are all carrying a variety of organic and "health" foods....
09/02/2007 7:29:00 PM CDT
Joan Haarlander says ...
I buy organic foods because I believe our bodies accept and utilize nutrients from organic food the proper way. When you use foods with many preservatives and chemicals foreign to the body, it simply does not know what to do with them. My family and I have more energy, feel better and are more productive when we eat organic.
09/03/2007 8:44:46 PM CDT
sharon mau says ...
I buy as much organic foods as possible to assure me that I am avoiding the serious consequences of unnecessarily consuming additional chemicals into my body. I would rather use my life forces to build up my nutritional needs instead of putting my body into overdrive elimating artifiicial chemicals from my body.
09/05/2007 10:52:35 AM CDT
Cindy in Mpls says ...
We buy organic for many reasons, some are obvious: it's healthier for my family, better for the environment, supports local farmers, and more. Here's a less obvious reason. When I first started buying organic I tended to choose more carefully, so that I didn't over buy -- prices were higher. Then I noticed that when the organic produce comes home I feel a responsibility to use ALL of it, and not because of its cost, because of the meaning and mission behind it. In the past I've bought up lots of conventional produce, not used it all, ended up throwing away what spoiled. What a waste. Our money is better spent on buying the *right* amount of a much better product.
09/07/2007 9:26:33 AM CDT
Cathi Morse, RN says ...
I believe that we are what we eat. I buy organically because it makes perfect sense. If you're eating clean, healthy whole foods in a well balanced way, then our body systems may function at a higher effeciency rate and preservation. As a nurse and fitness fan, I engage in a healthy lifestyle and teach aerobics to maintain a physical fitness level that has increased my endurance, strength, and energy. So why wouldn't I want to fuel my body with proper nutrients and chemically-free foods? The employees at WFM have been informative and share great enthusiasm about organic living. Plain and simple...I feel great!
09/08/2007 9:41:56 PM CDT
Paula says ...
One major reason I shop organic is quality. Organic food tastes better, organic clothes feel better, my organic skin looks better, especially since I hardly ever bother with makeup. When I'm using quality organic products, I put more thought and care into selecting them, using them and enjoying them. I appreciate how this awareness can bring me to a full, needed stop in a busy day. Yes, my responsibilities are important, and so am I, and so is what I put in and on me and my loved ones.
09/11/2007 7:03:51 AM CDT
Sue says ...
I am from India and when I moved here I was serprised that how here cabbage , cauliflower, onion tomatoes etc... are so big because I had never seen so big in size these vegtables or fruits in my country. I never heard about 2 diffrent kind of food. Organic and Conventional . we used to have only one kind of and was Organic, After few years, living here came to know Organic and Conventional. Organic food is one of the fastest growing categories in the food industry. it can cost more than conventional food purchased at a grocery store, but it is really worth it. Now day by day organic food becoming so popular more than half of Americans now buy organic food.
09/11/2007 12:02:31 PM CDT
Liz Sanders says ...
When we used natural fertilizer our food tasted good and was healthy for sustaining our bodies. Then it was decided that food should be altered--tomatoes needed to be huge, food needed to be beautiful--quality was sacrificed for quanity--animals were injected to produce more milk, fatter chickens, more eggs--now we find we are becoming antibiotic resistant when we really need a powerful medicine---all b/c of greed. More is not better--I will pay more for products I know come from famers and producers who care about the whole picture and not just the $$$.
09/13/2007 6:34:00 PM CDT
Susan says ...
quality is better, overall, with organic foods, especially now that there's a lot more of it out there. organic, free range eggs are fantastic, and fruit and veggies are also excellent. i switched to milk that was from grass- fed cows and did not have added hormones in it, and not only does it taste so much better, but i do not have the crazy mood swings or headaches i used to. i've changed little else in my diet, and i suspected the milk for a long time. i don't care what they say about the extra hormones not having an effect, i think they do, esp. on women. perhaps they are not regulating the amounts as closely as they were. i have heard that many farmers are switching to organic, even if they are not aiming to be certified, because the pesticides, etc, are not working as effectively anymore anyway, and they are expensive, so they are looking for other solutions. i shop some at whole foods, but actually, if i can, i shop directly at local farmers markets or farms. while i like grass-fed beef, i'd rather it not have to come from new zealand if i can get it raised in a nearby state, or strawberries from california when i'm on the east coast. it's just a lot of extra fuel used for shipping and not as fresh.
10/18/2007 10:47:47 PM CDT
kelly armstrong says ...
I think that organic food is overated and rather expensive for poorer families. Is it really much better than tried and tested pesticides?
10/22/2007 4:45:42 AM CDT
MJ Borelli says ...
I choose organic because it tastes and looks better! Period. I look at a tomato from my garden or at whole foods vs the nasty looking stuff--pale and sickly--dispalyed at most conventional markets. I remember sitting in my high school science class some 40 years ago and the teacher talking on the wonders of pesticides and other ag chemicals. "You can always tell the organic fruit from the modern methods for farming", he said. "The one without chemicals is the under-sized and sickly fruit, often with worms in it". Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Just the opposite, these days. Look and taste an organic potato and you will never go back to conventionally-farmed fruits and vegetables. Outside of the benefits of eating foods free of poisons, they just taste better!
10/24/2007 11:32:35 AM CDT
Joann says ...
why note - just think you have a choice to buy a 'conventional' apple at a low price that could likely be Genetically Engineered and grown in soil with chemicals, and then sprayed with chemicals during it's growth that is escalated to get to your kitchen faster .... OR you can purchase an 'organic' apple that is grown at the rate nature intended retaining all the nutrients and vitamins your body needs.
01/04/2008 1:32:04 AM CST
Crystal says ...
I buy organic for the health of myself and my immediate family. My extended family has history of different types of cancers. I hope that by eating/using organic foods and products we will eliminate the threat of certain cancers and illnesses. Whole Foods makes it easy to buy healthy foods. Thanks.
01/23/2008 7:17:46 PM CST
G Burch, MD says ...
When one looks at the increase in so many diseases since the start of all the preservatives to our food chain, we see that the foods of 50 years ago are no longer being sold. Read the ingredient labels. If it is not organic, there will be additives for shelf life, prevention of spoilage, rancidity, etc. The additives basically help the seller of the goods, at the cost to our bodies for all those artificial chemicals being put into our bodies. We, as a nation, are continually being bombarded with incorrect information, all designed to get us to buy more, buy super-size, and buy what we often dont need. Wall Street wants us to buy, buy, buy. We now have diseases that advertising makes us think we have. Advertising tries to sell us products based on fear. We buy way too many over the counter products that we really dont need. Develop a product, then tell the public that the product must be bought in order to live a more productive life, etc. Go green by living simply. When you see a gadget to buy, think first. Do I need this product to live? How many gadgets does the average kitchen really need? Make going green a game. Except for human waste, almost everything else is recycleable. Plastic bags, paper bags, hangers, books, clothing, shoes, old appliances, all can be recycled. Then go to the store and look for labels showing the products were made using recycleable products, once again making going green go to ZERO waste. Newspapers can be recycled, buy cloth diapers, when remodeling, take things down carefully and recycle them at a junk yard, used cabinets, sinks, etc. Someone can use what you throw away. Someone here on this planet needs what you are throwing away, except for things that cant be repaired or things that must go into human waste. Water from down spouts can be saved for gardens in the area. Turn on fans when it is hot, even with the A.C. ON. Fans move air and make the area cooler just by moving air. When someone says you need product X or service X, always question why they are saying this to you. Once I was told I needed $800 worth of service on my car, then I went to other shops, one said I needed a whole new engine, $3,500. Whoa, when spending like that, ask if you really need the product/service, or what is the motivation behind a salesperson wanting you to buy it. When we know 65% of people cheat on their income tax, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that everyone has less than honest motives for selling to you. Ask around, talk with friends, ask others in the profession for their advice. Dont just accept what you are being told as the Gospel truth. Second opinions are not always that "one is ugly too." We have only one time to be on this earth, treat our bodies with respect, give our bodies the best chance of making it along this journey called LIFE.
02/08/2008 2:01:45 AM CST
Louise Ross says ...
In my blog on budget shopping at Wholefoods, I posted a very helpful list of produce best bought organically and non-organic produce which is safe to consume. I've been adhering to this list when grocery shopping at WFs for some time now and have noticed a decrease in my expenditure on fresh produce; that's because the price tag on safe-to-eat non-organic items like avocados and asparagus is significantly less than the organic price tag!
02/26/2009 2:58:01 PM CST
Avery Reider says ...
great article I want to try going organic even tho is more costly. Thanks
08/08/2012 8:35:07 PM CDT
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