Organic food has been gaining in popularity over the last several years, as concerns over pesticides in our food increase and organic foods get easier to find, higher in quality and sometimes cheaper.
But it's still more expensive, sometimes considerably so. Is it really worth it? That depends entirely on what you are trying to accomplish.
Unfortunately, some people think "organic" automatically means "healthy." A quick stroll through the organic section of the store will put that to rest; if there's a conventional version of a food, there is probably an organic version, no matter how junky the food actually is.
Organic food is not more nutritious, some recent studies have found...vitamin and mineral levels are the same in organic versus conventionally grown produce, while milk and meat have almost the same nutritional content as well.
The advantage to eating organic is that you will be exposed to fewer pesticide residues (which don't wash off food easily) and animal products are far less likely to contain drug-resistant bacteria. For lots of people, that's more than enough to justify the added expense.
If you can't afford to go organic for all your food, it helps to know which foods are most contaminated by pesticides and which are relatively okay, and use that to guide your choices. A simple rule I have heard is "buy organic if you eat the peel." The Environmental Working Group puts out a list every year of the "dirty dozen" (the most contaminated foods) and the "clean 15" which have lower levels or pesticides. You can find this year's list here, and it's also available as a smart phone app
Do you eat organic exclusively? If not, which foods do you prefer in their organic form?
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