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In the GMO era do you buy organic despite the cost

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Organic food is one of the fastest-growing categories in the food industry, despite the fact that it can cost more than double the price of conventional foods. But is it worth spending more when it comes to buying organic? Nutritionist Joy Bauer was invited on The Today Show to tell us what organic and organic labels really means and what organic food we should buy.
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I don't believe there is any difference in nutritional value between organic or non-organic. All the studies in the media say"no difference." I'm going back to regular, non-organic. Tired of getting second rate veggies and fruits at Whole Paycheck.
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Traditional agriculture relies heavily on soy beans imported from South America etc, rather than on pastures as feed for the livestock, while the organic farms are much more self-reliant, and keep their cattle outside, at least in summer.
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Organic agriculture talks only about vitalizing the soil for proper growth of the plant it doesn't assure us of the fruit bearing plant or the plant itself being nutritious.Moreover the farmers doesn't use organics so that our consumers are benefitted but for the survival of their own so that production is more and loss is less.
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While organic farming is better for the environment on an acre by acre comparison, it seems that organic farming produces only about 2/3 as much food per acre as conventional farming. If it takes more organic farmland to produce the same amount of food as conventional farming, then much of the environmental benefit of organic farming is canceled out.
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The levels of pesticides are higher in children who do not eat organic. We have a large number of first world diseases and health issues that warrant action even if definitive evidence is not immediate available. The food industry in general is out of control.
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Organic farming rejects all these"evil" things. Without them, billions of poor people will starve to death and die of diseases. But we will please the greenies.
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Nature is full of natural toxins. Your stool is a toxin. Keep it in your body for several days and you will be poisoned. How many did Bt toxins actually killed?
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We get all the papers we can and clip hundreds of coupons just for this reason. We noticed a big difference in our children when eating organic food and I would never go back to eating that other garbage.
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Yes. I have read up on GMO and I am not happy with feeding my family modified foods. It may cost more but buying organic gives me peace of mind.
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According to wikipedia: The first genetically modified crop, an antibiotic-resistant tobacco plant, was produced in 1982. China was the first country to commercialize transgenic plants, introducing a virus-resistant tobacco in 1992. In 1994 Calgene attained approval to commercially release the Flavr Savr tomato, the first genetically modified food.[31] Also in 1994, the European Union approved tobacco engineered to be resistant to the herbicide bromoxynil, making it the first genetically engineered crop commercialized in Europe. An insect resistant Potato was approved for release in the USA in 1995, and by 1996 approval had been granted to commercially grow 8 transgenic crops.
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I do a little bit of both. When I have the money I will buy organic and when I am broke I get as much as I can for my dollar. If I had unlimited funds I would never eat anything that was not all natural.
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GMOs seem to have some negative health implications...better to be safe than sorry til we learn more.
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It's really difficult to exclusively eat clean. Seek products that are specifically labeled as non-GM or GMO-free. However, it is rare to find products labeled as such. You can also research websites that list companies and foods that do not use genetically modified foods.
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I think unless you want your kids to grow up with three heads you must try to eat organic on some level. Eating at Mcdonalds everyday would undoubtedly to something to your body and it would not be good.
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I just cannot understand why organic food grown the way it has been grown since the earth was formed is so expensive. I live on a farm and we eat all fresh food and it does cost an arm and a leg to grow it. Something is just not right with how the food industry almost forces people to eat GMOs.
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I grow as much as I can with the limited space that I have. My budget dictates how much organic we can buy to hold us over. I have not bought anything specifically labeled GMO but I do not go to the organic store all the time.
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Organic produce, according to the USDA, must be grown without synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or genetically modified organisms. Organic meat has to come from animals that were raised in a natural setting, didn’t receive any antibiotics or hormones, and were fed 100 percent organic feed.
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This report echoes the conclusions of a 2009 UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) study, which also pointed to the “non-economic benefits” of organic agriculture–it’s supposed sustainability benefits.
But the claims of improved profitability for farmers run up against some hard facts: organic farming in the West is far from booming, even as sales of organic foods are increasing sharply, albeit from a very low base. If there’s so much money to be made in organics, then why aren’t more farmers switching?
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Speaking at the Guelph Organic Conference in early February, Dag Falck, organic program manager with Nature’s Path, one of the largest manufacturers of organic breakfast cereals and snack bars in North America, said the organic movement has to have an honest conversation with the public about GMOs.
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