With the cost of groceries on the rise and concern over ingredients rising even faster, I find myself struggling with decision making at the grocery store. What organic products are the most important to buy? Is it more important to buy organic produce and ‘regular’ cereal or should I make sure that all my corn based products are organic to avoid possible exposure to GMO ingredients? Do I put my money into organic meat to ensure that it was raised humanely or am I supporting ‘agribusiness’ by not buying my meat from a small, local farmer? And now I have to worry not only about the organic products themselves but also about the big conglomerate that OWNS that tiny organic brand. It is enough to make me want to give up the struggle completely and just buy the Twinkies and Koolaid that my kids are begging for anyhow.
Think About This Thursday:
Do you buy a food based on it’s ingredients or are you more concerned with the name on the box?
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Like most moms, I spend a lot of time at the grocery store and don’t have access to an unlimited supply of money. I struggle with trying to get out of the grocery store without my cart full of organic products ruining my grocery budget completely. I NEED to find a balance between cost and quality and here is where I struggle the most. Are organic products with a store brand label the same quality as organic products with a brand name label? Do I care that a particular brand name organic is actually owned by a huge, multinational corporation that is fighting GMO labeling while slapping a ‘GMO FREE’ label on their tiny organic brand? Do I care that Kroger’s isn’t dedicated to 100% organic products or do I buy their organic canned corn anyhow because it is cheaper than a brand name? I honestly don’t know what the right answer is to this but let me put this idea out there:
Which organic products are worth buying?
IF we only buy organic products from tiny companies who are independently owned what will that do to the number of companies that continue to provide organic food?
If we stop buying, for example, Annie’s because it is now owned by General Mills…will General Mills decide to stop making it? If we then continue that buying pattern will we essentially remove the most readily available organic foods from the market completely? What effect will that have on the general populations’ ability to find affordable and convenient organic food?
Many organic brands are being scooped up my massive food giants.
Does this effect which organic products you buy?
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.