Don't even go there that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking Organic.
My sister-in-law and her family were in town this past weekend and she was telling me how they have moved to an organic diet, as much as they possibly can. She reassured me that they are not sticklers when it come to organic only all the rest of the world be damned, but she did say the majority of the time they try to eat there food as close as possible to it's natural state meaning raw milk, hormone and antibiotic free meat, as well as pesticide free vegetables.
I have to admit I am pretty ignorant to the organic movement. I have heard of the Dirty Dozen. I do buy milk not treated with growth hormone and steroids. Occasionally I buy organic fruits and veggies when they are on sale. Jon and I have discussed purchasing a butchered cow and pig from a local farmer, but mostly to defer costs. I have also looked into gardening co-ops truth be told we just don't eat many of the vegetables that would be offered. A girl can only make so much zucchini bread in a summer. Then there is the whole other matter of over processed white flour, sugar, quick easy meals that add very little nutritional value.
Organic is not something I'm for or against it's just something I don't know enough about. Can pesticides be washed off of vegetables and fruit with soap and water? How do you find articles that aren't spun to one side or the other?
Finally the whole argument begs the question for me is the farming industry using the same pesticides and technology that was around when I grew up? Have things changed? Is the food industry really worse or is my generation looking for a solution to a problem that never really existed?
I do not begrudge my sister-in-law's beliefs she feels better, she is eating healthier, her kids eat veggies (salad even). I want to do what's best for my family and my budget. I want to be educated.
So I'm asking for your thoughts, are you all "O" or a combo or neither?