I have a confession.
I don't buy organic milk.
I also don't buy grass fed meat or cage free eggs.
I make this choice consciously. It isn't because I can't afford it. I just don't think it is worth the money since there is no nutritional differences according to this.
Does that mean I love my children less? Does that mean I don't care about their health and well-being?
In the past few weeks, I have heard several women apologize to other women for not being able to afford to buy organic milk, produce or other food. And I feel bad for them. They seemed as if they felt they were failures as parents. I just wanted to hug them. And I don't hug strangers. And these women were strangers. I overheard the conversation at my daughter's gymnastic practice, heard it in an airport and heard it on a panel of women talking about their food purchasing.
So, then I thought, is it ok that I am not buying organic? I mean, we aren't organic farmers. I feel that our non-organic practices are producing safe products for animal and human consumption. The pork in my freezer comes from my neighbor who has a pig farm that most would consider a factory farm. And it tastes good! Plus my kids helped butcher the pig. How do you get anymore intimate with your food?
We didn't produce organic milk on our dairy farm. Our cows produced the same quality milk as an organic dairy cow also. Check this interview with Dr. Weese out to learn more about organic, raw or ultra-pasturized.
My brother feeds out cattle that are fed corn. It tastes fantastic. FANTASTIC! I have never gotten sick from it either. But yet I hear about how grass fed is so much safer than corn fed. I went looking for expert opinions and found this.
Now, I am not saying there isn't any organic food in my house. There is. Sometimes it is the only option. If I want lettuce at Sam's club it may be the only option. However, remember that one bad incident with organic salad...