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Jun. 2, 2006
To buy organic, or not to buy organic: that is the question
I often get asked about organic food and why it's so much more expensive. Though I don't claim to be an expert in this area, I have experience with organic food through work, through my own personal choice and from my good old mom as she tried with all of her being to feed us food that was whole, healthy and affordable.

In the old days, access to healthy food in a small town was pretty easy. The Patch was an on-your-honor farmer's market—toss in a few dollars and pick your own fruit and veggies straight from the source. We even had a grocery store that stocked lots of local food.

Nowadays, I cook and buy groceries for my live-in guy and myself and I'm not going to lie, it costs a pretty penny.

It's not as bad as it sounds. I like making the food choices and I like cooking; I just don't necessarily like footin' the bill and because of that, I've been on my own personal food journey to try to understand why eating organic is important to me and why I will (as long as I'm able) continue to pay the extra money to eat organic and local food.

In my quest, I came across this little tidbit (via ASK UMBRA on grist.com) that takes a stab at explaining why organic "costs" more. The explanation gave me some reassurance about the decision I've made and provided some clarity on this very complicated issue.
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Cassie
Category:
Office Life
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