Canadians: would you drink milk or eat meat imported from USA if...? If both are non-organic? Those who say no: why? (Suggested category: Science & Mathematics > Zoology) LOL! =D @JJ While it's true that in some products (body care) you find fake organics and others (bread, cookies, grain based products) you find the mention "organic" when there are only like 75% organics (don't quote me on that, I forget since due to severe instant reactions, I exclusively eat 98%-100% organic), the dairy and meat in USA can ONLY bear the "organic" mention when the cattle/poultry are 100% devoid of rBGH and antibiotics. Furthermore they are also raised on organic feed/pastures (which is likely to change since GM alfalfa has been approved to start planting in 2010). Considering how obese the majority of Americans are and how I've managed to keep my figure thru the years, I can guarantee you: there are no hormones in the meat/dairy I consumme. @Jody: I once was vegetarian so I understand, tho I was appalled how obese my vegan friends were. I later found out that vegan is far from a healthy lifestyle (unless like you they also eat organic): vegans routinely eat a truckload of tox chems in things like Cheetos (which are loaded with obesogens and other tox chems such as dyes and additives which impair your endocrine system). Even worse than that, GMO soy, corn are liberally consummed by non-organic vegans. @Jody: hey calm the fukc down! I didn't say ALL vegans are obese/unhealthy: I SAID MY FRIENDS! ALL OF THEM WERE!! Sorry If I didn't word my sentence that follows properly: I have nothing against veganism. Again, most vegetarians/vegans I KNOW routinely eat all the tox chems foods. Just a stop by the vege area of Y!A proved this to me: unless they are educated as to the toxins in commercial American foods, most eat junk food all day long. FACT! All they care is that it not come from animals.
<---- vegan. ...So...no. :-) Whatever it is, I generally choose organic (if I have an option) because, although I'm aware of the various issues surrounding the label "organic," I can't really see much of a downside to buying organic. It can't hurt, I figure. During a recent discussion with the manager of my local grocery store, I summed it up by saying that when I buy my groceries, I choose vegan first (of course), then organic, if available. But I do still buy LOTS of produce that isn't organic. I don't look at prices at all, so that is never a consideration. Availability and quality are the obvious factors that impact my grocery purchases. EDIT: RE: "@Jody: I once was vegetarian so I understand, tho I was appalled how obese my vegan friends were. I later found out that vegan is far from a healthy lifestyle (unless like you they also eat organic): vegans routinely eat a truckload of tox chems in things like Cheetos (which are loaded with obesogens and other tox chems such as dyes and additives which impair your endocrine system). Even worse than that, GMO soy, corn are liberally consummed by non-organic vegans." HOW DARE YOU! I'm sorry I answered the question, now. I'm sick to death of people claiming their bad, poorly-devised vegan diets mean that a (proper) vegan diet isn't healthy. There isn't a credible dietician on the planet who denies that veganism is a healthy diet for all life stages. It SHOULD go without saying that any diet must be, at minimum, complete and balanced. I don't go around saying that eating animal products is unhealthy because some people eat cheetos, hamburgers, and soda all the time. (Cheetos are never vegan, by the way. Several cheetos products are not even vegetarian, as they use rennet.) You don't NEED to eat organic, either. It is a choice. Long before organic products became readily available at retail stores I was vegan and as supremely-healthy as I am now. What I don't eat (much) is garbage. I do drink Coke...maybe once or twice a week. I do sometimes eat French fries...maybe once a month. I have tried many of the vegan "replacement" foods (such as vegan "cheese", coconut milk "ice cream", veggie burgers and dogs) but they don't make it I into my diet very often. (For instance, the last package of Daiya cheese I bought, I ended up throwing out on the expiry date...unopened.) This morning, after a 2 hour workout, I had a bowl of freshly cubed pineapple, papaya, and cantaloupe, plus a handful of pistachios, and a cup of lemon green tea. Yesterday's lunch was a cup of lentil soup. I'm thinking of making some homemade guacamole with pico de gallo and salba tortilla chips, this afternoon, for a snack. My lunch will likely be a clear soup with fresh fennel, green onion, and bok choy or baby spinach. Tonight, I'm making homemade Romano beans and rice, Cajun style. Tomorrow, for breakfast, I'll probably make a bowl of quinoa with maple syrup. I'm kind of surprised I'm not obese because my food is all sooooo fresh and delicious! I have to stop myself from making more dishes each day, as fresh produce needs to be used as soon as possible. I've been vegan for close to 20 years now. Listen...I answered your question, not to read a bunch of ignorance about veganism. I don't know what you think our species ate before the invention of tools, but no one was bringing down, and carving up, an antelope with his/her bare hands. Ask a paleontologist, and you'll discover that for the overwhelming majority of our species' evolution, we only had our hands to gather food. That meant mostly greens, fruit, nuts, roots, with some bugs (like the diet gorillas eat) and the occasional slow-moving reptile, and on rare occasions, scavenging a predator's kill (such as leopards, who leave their kills and come back to them). Humans were meeting their nutritional needs on a predominantly plant-based diet for most of our evolution. It's laughable, and unscientific, to suggest humans evolved eating large chunks of meat at every meal. I don't say negative things about my husband's omnivorous diet. And if criticisms of veganism are valid, then fair enough. But it s the height of ignorance to say a vegan diet is unhealthy, no matter what qualifiers you put after that. ANY diet will be unhealthy if it is incomplete or filled with processed foods. Look at America. Eating a healthy, balanced, omnivorous diet isn't unhealthy. But if you just eat burgers and (vegan) fries and (vegan) coke, you can't say your omnivorous diet s to blame.