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For those that don't buy Organic, Free Range, Free Trade etc?
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:44 PM
I'm genuinely interested in finding out why people don't buy 'socially acceptable' food products.
I'm not trying to start a debate, so please keep it nice!
Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:47 PM
We really do try and am starting to really learn more now (and having my eyes very much opened by reading the Ethics of What We Eat, at the moment) BUT the main things we haven't switched over yet, are because of the price. And sadly, it is because we use alot of them, that it makes it even more unaffordable, but at the same time, those are obv. the things we could really be making a difference with (seen as we use alot of them), like milk and cheese. I guess we could start substituting half...
Other things we have simply cut down on, so we can afford the organic/ FR/ FT versions... such as meat, chocolate etc.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:50 PM
We do our best, but .... butter is my downfall . We don't buy organic butter because it's just so darn expensive .
Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:53 PM
In one word.....
I would love to be able to afford to by more ethically but in the meantime I have to feed my family on a budget. I have this debate with myself everytime I go shopping.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:58 PM
What a GREAT idea Ali. I would be very interested in starting an organic veggie co-op in Brisbane but have no idea how to go about it.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:59 PM
I think for most people who do think ethically it is cost and availability. We could do better and where we fail it is cost and time.
However, I really think that if you don't want to start a debate, asking a question in a debating type forum is a bad idea!
Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:01 PM
I don't buy organic because I can't afford it.
I do buy ethically farmed animal products, but that's as far as I can push my budget.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:03 PM
I buy organic/free range etc when I CAN afford it. When I can't, I don't feel the slightest bit guilty.
I do the best I can with what I've got. I'm in the process of slowly changing my pantry goods over to organic stuffs. I'm not going to throw out tonnes of stuff just to make a point. I'm buying one or two things a week.
Do what you can with what you've got. Start small. Gradually change over.
Tip. DEFINITELY buy organic cocoa!! OMG!!! IT is LUSH!!!
Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:05 PM
I try to buy organic where possible. Always chicken products are free range or organic for me. A little different for vegies, flour etc. I would love to go completely organic, socially responsible foods but as PPs have said, the cost gets me at times.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:19 PM
Affordability and nothing is completely organic. It may claim to be organic but along the process the animal may have been contaminated with water and food which has been tainted with chemical fertiliser or pesticide. Cattle are treated with chemicals for worms, etc. The only way to be completely 100% organic is to grow it yourself and kill it yourself.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:23 PM
For me........cost, and laziness....... I always buy free range eggs....but as for the other stuff.....
Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:26 PM
We try, but our obstacles are affordability and availability.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:28 PM
I always buy free range eggs and free range chicken. Most of our fruit & vege are organic and I buy Free Trade coffee beans.
For things that I don't it is because of cost with regards to other free range meats & organic product but regarding Free Trade, I'll admit to not knowing a lot about it other than in the coffee bean field and that's only because a lot of coffee houses I got to have the flyer about it so I read it.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:31 PM
Cost and availability are the issues for us. We always buy free range organic eggs (and are careful about the source, don't just go by the label) and free range, preferably organic chicken. Chocolate and coffee are the other two absolutes.
Descentia I have found a co-op on the Sunshine coast which is organic but there doesn't seem to be one on our side of town. I guess it's easy on the Sunshine coast because of the suppliers. F&V tend to be outside my budget for organic.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:37 PM
Cost is an issue for us as well. Sadly, we just cannot afford it. In fact my borther and his wife, who have been buying organic everything since they moved in together are now havingto turn to the "dark side" They are expecting there second child and have a mortgage. If they want my sil to continue to stay at home, they have to tighten thier belts, regretfully so.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:55 PM
Like others, cost mainly.
Also the fact that descriptions of products can be deceiving and I'm sceptical that products are as described and actually what I'm apparently paying top dollar for...
Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:06 PM
I buy free range eggs, we call them happy chicken eggs but that's about it. I try to shop responsibly by buying everything that I can 'Made in Australia' and don't buy pork because I can't afford free range and refuse to support the cruel way farmed pigs are treated. Other than that I can't buy the other things because it would easily double or triple my budget.
Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:23 PM
Free range chickens would not be classed as "happy chickens" in my book - they have their own set of welfare problems. Free range is still an intensive farming method and these chickens are not roaming free in lovely fresh paddocks...
Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:26 PM
We already only eat meat 2 or 3 times a week due to price. I also have to eat gluten free which is tough at the best of times. I go without a lot of meals so I can afford the groceries for everyone else. If I tried to buy organic/free range etc, we'd all be going without!
Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:27 PM
OK, for those that said price/ cost (including myself), what could you sacrifice/ change about your lifestyle or eating habits, so you could afford it? Would you be willing to do that?
Edited by dixiebelle, 27 August 2008 - 06:29 PM.
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