To Be Organic Or Not To Be...Is Buying Organic Worth The Cost?

To Be Organic Or Not To Be...Is Buying Organic Worth The Cost?

I must say that the word organic has a nice ring to it. It makes me think natural and healthy, but unfortunately it also makes me think expensive. The cost of organic fruits and vegetables are nearly double that of the chemically soaked others. So I guess the question is "is it worth it to buy organic?" I think the answer is both yes and no.

I have researched and read many articles that discussed the value, both monetarily and health wise in buying organic. It basically comes down to being worth the cost if you are purchasing fruits with thin skins, such as tomatoes and peaches, because the pesticides and chemicals are more likely to penetrate the fruit. But not worth it for the likes of banana or melons with thicker skins.  

 Watermelon Slices

Watermelon Slices

I grow my own tomatoes, so I guess I am safe there, but I have also started buying free range, cage free organic eggs. These eggs are nearly triple the price of your typical dozen, but I feel good about "possibly" supporting a more humane existence for the chickens. I am also in processing of preparing to raise my own chickens for eggs.

I buy organic when possible, but I definitely have my concerns, or should I say trust issues. How do I know that these products are truly what they say they are. How do I know these chicken were not kept in cages, or fed hormones and chemically tainted feed. How do I know the grapes I just paid $7 for are truly organic?

I suppose I will never know for certain if a product is truly organic, but I will take all of precautions that I can. I can do things such as thoroughly washing fruits and veggies before use, buying locally grown produce, and growing any fruits or vegetables that I can. Also I can go to Certified Farmer's Markets, and buy directly from organic farmers.

What are your thoughts on organics products? Do you buy organic food? Do you buy other organic materials such as towels and sheets?

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