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Organic Food Sales Still Growing Despite Economic Woes

Green Lifestyle  (tags: food, food system, fruits and vegetables, local food, organic food )

- 3816 days ago -
It's a good bet that any industry that is still growing in these economic times is in pretty good shape. Industry watchers suggest that the core organic consumer isn't jumping ship, they're just being more careful with their food dollars.


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Blue B (855)
Sunday February 1, 2009, 12:01 pm
I'd rathr pay an extra $1-$5 for "organic" and "grass fed" and "free range" products which will save me enormous amounts of money on prescription drugs I'd have to take if I ate foods sprayed with pesticides, genetically modified animals and plants and grain fed beef or milk from dairy cows full of antibiotics.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 1, 2009, 12:09 pm
Amen to that!

Marion Y (322)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 11:13 am
I agree with Blue. My store of preference is Costco, because I get wholesale prices. Last weekend, 18 eggs (not free range) cost $2.50. The free range cost $5.49, which I paid for. By growing my own vegetables, I save money for other things. I also find that eating healthier and with better quality, I eat less.

We tend to think that we spend more for organic, grass fed and free range, but in the long run, the savings are enormous. By going for the cheap and quick, we suffer later.

Blue B (855)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 11:19 am
Costco is a great store, Marion and good luck with your garden!

We've got Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and the biggest Farmers Market in NYC right outside my door! We start our garden at our summer home on Long Island after Memorial Day ...

Marion Y (322)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 12:19 pm
Blue ~ I shop at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods as well as other health food stores in town. Being in the desert about 3 hours roundtrip from the nearest shopping center, we do most bulk shopping at Costco, then visit the other stores that are within miles of Costco. Shopping for me is a once a month, all day affair.

Good luck with your garden too!! It's the only way to go these days.

Linda B (71)
Tuesday February 3, 2009, 1:57 pm
I go organic as much as possible. To me, it's now 'regular'. Especially when it comes to the most pesticide-ridden and environment damaging foods.

Janet Pearson (8)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 8:51 pm
And there is toxic waste in most "industrial" plant fertilizers and soil amendments; it's been in there for many years. It's done under the cover of "recycling" so industry gets not only gets to avoid having to pay to have their toxic materials dumped but they can make money by selling them as fertilizers! There are limits in how much lead can be in paint but no limits on lead in plant food. Or arsenic or mercury either. All the label has to tell you is how much nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is in it, not what the bulk ingredients are or where they come from. A great book was written on this called Fateful Harvest. Also check out the website, Safe Food and Fertilizer. Industry has been dumping on us for decades, perhaps right around the time our rates of cancer, autism, and other health issues started creeping up?

Marion Y (322)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 8:55 pm
Janet ~ This is horrific news!! It's the first time I've heard this, but can see it would be easy to hide this toxic material in fertilizers and amendments. This is another reason to have safety regulations and labeling in place on ALL products involving food and soil. Thank you for this information!!
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