Monday, November 19, 2007

Organic vs. Conventional

I know, I know, yet another green post... but really, knitting washcloths just isn't very interesting. I'm making progress though, 2 more down, making my total finished come to 5/16... phew!

Ok, on to the green stuff...

Here's an interesting and quite informative article re: one writer's cataloging of shopping for their Thanksgiving meal both organically and conventionally. Here are a few tips at the end of the article that I think are great to help you make decisions as to how much you will make your holiday meal organic.

  1. If you can't afford to buy everything organic, prioritize those pesticide-laden pieces of produce.
  2. To stretch your dollars further, consider axing one item from your menu -- do you really need mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes? The money you save on sweet potatoes could go into organic potatoes.
  3. If you can't find an organic version of something you want, don't panic or run all over town trying to find it. Instead, buy the conventional, and write a letter or send an email to your supermarket to encourage them to stock more variety.
And above all else: don't wait until Wednesday night to do your shopping! Buy everything except perishables before Wednesday -- then you can get the few last items you need and check out via the express line.

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