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This month, OnMilwaukee.com polled the Parent Posse about organic food. Do they serve it exclusively, occasionally or not at all? Feel free to add your own opinion by using the talkback feature.
No, we do not buy organic food. I survived on regular food, my husband survived eating regular food, so I really do not see the harm in giving it to my child. It is expensive and is it really that much better?
Mary Jo Preston
We buy almost exclusively organic even though money is tight. It's a priority for several reasons: minimizing our exposure to dangerous chemicals, maximizing the nutrients we consume, supporting growers who choose natural farming practices, and limiting the damage to our environment. I think it's one of the most important ways we can vote with our dollars.
We have slowly over the last two years turned 50 percent organic ... We are joining a CSA this year for fruits and veggies, but meat is still too pricey for us to buy organic. My husband does the shopping and I think he'll buy organic meat from time to time, but only if it's a special occasion. Kind of like: "Happy Birthday, honey! You get the chemical-free beef today!"
I am not against it, but I admit that it will take me some extra work to understand it all. I feel like I turned out pretty OK with not being brought up on an "organic diet." My son is 6 months old and eating solids, and my main concern at this point is making sure he gets enough "fresh" foods. That starts now with pureeing his baby foods.
At our house, we have opted not to get on the organic food train. We absolutely agree with the concept and appreciate the importance of organic and locally produced products, but have not made a concerted effort to buy accordingly. The primary reason is laziness. There isn't a convenient alternative in our area, but that's mostly an excuse. I will say, though, that I have low confidence that products labeled as organic are actually any healthier than the other products available at my neighborhood grocery story. If I knew for sure my groceries were created without chemical or unnatural / potentially harmful means and they were available in my area, I'd absolutely buy.
We try to eat organic -- and we try to be green whenever we can -- but we aren’t fanatical about it. We wash clothes in only cold water. We carpool whenever we can. My husband rides his motorcycle whenever the weather allows. Plus, we have all energy star appliances, buy all produce locally during the summer at the markets and try to purchase organic, local foods all through the year.
We eat organic sometimes. I didn't go out of my way to eat organic when I was pregnant, though I ate A LOT of fruits and veggies. Now that our little stinker is eating various purees of vegetables, it's something I think about a lot more. Unfortunately, because of money and ease we just end up getting whatever is cheapest and easiest -- which means not always getting organic vegetables. I feel like I'm making up for it by preparing homemade baby food and no weirdly bland store-bought baby food.
Our family does at times eat organic food, however we are not seeking it out as a matter of daily life. Price being the main factor, however, convenience is also part of the equation. Organic fruits and vegetables are more often closer in price to their non-organic twins than other items, and are easier to obtain at many of the “regular” grocery stores.
When I'm at the store, if the regular produce area doesn't have what I need, I'll go to organic to get it. However, as a first choice, at a higher price, all the time, no. Overall, I think it would be pricey and tough to be totally organic -- but I try to do it when I have a choice available and its convenient.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.