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Is organic food really better for us? (moved from UK/Ireland)

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Hi everyone, I'm new to Chow but have developed a hunger for more knowledge about organic food and its benefits as I am a writer and have been asked to do an article on this subject.
what do you think? Is organic food really better for us? In what ways?
Isn't it all too expensive for the average person?
Do you think this is all just a fad that will out of fashion?
I'd love to hear your comments!
Cheers...
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  1. I just got a bunch of supporting posts followed by a flame when I responded to another thread from someone terrified of pesticides. My position was "just eat the food and don't shorten your life worrying about it."

    However, I also have to say that a conscientious organic farm is also likely to grow more flavorful varieties that groceries don't stock because they're not as "pretty" as the factory-farmed varieties. Add to that the principal of buying these organically-farmed foods at the farm or at the farmer's market, and you may very well buy a far superior product.

    The flip side of that is: organic foods sold in supermarkets are not likely to have all, or even most, of those advantages.

    1. I don't think it's better for us, it's normal for us as opposed to buying and eating food full of chemicals (pesticides, anti biotics, growth hormones etc) which is not good for us.

      1. Organic food is better for us, for our children, for our health care system, for the planet, for the animals, and for all the people who work growing the food or animals we eat. Isn't that worth paying a bit more? It drives me crazy when people say "Oh I can get that cheaper at xxx." Why is getting FOOD cheaper better?

        We buy better cars, sofas, clothes and homes in better neighbourhoods for our families but we don't generally want to pay for better food! The expensive part of food shopping is all that we waste.

        I also like to add local to my requirement for organic food. If I buy organic but it is trucked from California, I am not really doing the environment any favours. That way I get to put my money where my mouth is and support local farmers who support organic methods.

        1. You came to the right place. Try this post for starters:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/431455

          and use the search function. There was another thread a month or so ago that looked at the ups and downs of supposed organic, notably their certification.

          Good luck with your project.