How Important is Organic Food to you?
I honestly don't care.
Organic (in grocery stores) costs a FEW dimes more per pound, by and large. I eat ONLY organic veggies from the dirty dozen and OPT for organic when available because of concerns for the workers who are subjected to the pesticides...such as Bananas that come from overseas where 12 year olds spray poisons to keep bugs off...organic bananas (even during winter) cost about 10 cents more per lb...
I started out raw as non organic. However I joined a food co-op 6 months ago so I could buy organic and afford it. Totally worth it in everyway. I noticed I feel much lighter eating organic.
I recommend joining a food co-op in your area to save $$$$
Almost all the food I buy is organic and I do it for two fundamental reasons.
One being, the more veggies I eat the more important it becomes not to have the residual chemicals that may linger in fruits and veggies and may accumulate in my body. In addition, as it was mentioned earlier (and it only makes sense), organic veggies are more nutritious simply because they are raised in a more nutritious soil, and also because veggies develop their own chemicals to protect them, and they happen to be good for us.
The second reason is a moral one. I believe that even more important that the political vote is the money vote, namely where you spend your money, and how this affects the offer of a non-desired product. The less demand for GMO, the less production. The more demand for organic, the more organic food will be produced, whith all the pretty effects we all know.
I am not rich, I assure you, but for me it's a matter of principle. This year I started to grow my own veggies to lower the food costs. I grow the things that I eat and like the most and that are more expensive to buy, such as kale, micro greens, tomatoes, etc. If you have a small patio you can grow your own too. My picture shows a bunch of grees I got every three days or so from a couple of lettuce plants that I grew in a pot last year.
For many of you guys living in California growing your own stuff is a no brainer. Take advantage of the climate and give it a try.
By the way, growing organic food means much more than just not spraying the apple tree; You need to develop a comprehensive approach that prevents the pest from overtaking your crop, such as interplanting and soil preparation. It's a whole different approach to conventional growing. There is lots of information available in internet. Search "companion planitng wich is the base for obtaining a healthy crop at any production scale.
All as organic as possible with the exception of local ga. peaches when they come in. I can't bring myself to eat an organic peach from California that smells like a cardboard box and has been trucked 3,000 miles picked too soon when the local peach aroma hits me loud and clear as i approach the peach bin. Some things are worth a little trace of pesticide, I s'pose.
It is HUGELY important to me- the Earth knows how to grow our our fruits, vegetables, nuts etc perfectly. Pesticides are TOXIC and are killing the eco systems. How dare these companies poision the plants and trees and then to add further injury they process them with chemical perservatives? It is nothing short of WICKED.