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Organic Foods: Can We Trust Them? Can We Afford Them?


Organic vegetable stand. Photo credit:

USA Today's signature front page graph today shows that consumers are still likely to shop for green products in spite of the recession (according to the 2009 Cone Consumer Enviromental Survey of 1,087 adults on Jan 29 - 30, 34% of respondents said they are more likely to shop for green products and 44% said no change. Only 8% said they were less likely).  When it comes to organic foods, this is probably a good thing.  In spite of confusion about green labeling terms, salmonella outbreaks and higher prices, organic foods remain a popular green practice even in our dour economy.  Health concerns are one of the most compelling reasons to turn to organic foods.

Pesticides in fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes can accumulate in our systems, introducing the possibility of short and long term health problems. Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of these chemicals because their organs are still developing and thus more vulnerable. 

To read more about organic foods, please see the article I just had published on the Healthy House Institute web site (see link below).  This article reviews the label requirements for organic, naturally raised, natural and free range to clear up any label confusion you may be experiencing.  I also talk about some of the suspect chemicals and, for those of you feeling stretched these days, prioritize which organic foods are more important for those that must prioritize for budget reasons. 

I hope you enjoy this article.  My next post will pick up with our Greener Practices Inside the Home theme, taking a look at green practices we can adopt, room by room.

For more info: Please see the Healthy House Institute article on Organic Food.  Credit to for today's stock photo image.