Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Still buying organic?

Appetite for organics sours in poor economy
December 19, 2008 - 9:58 PM

Market research firm NPD Group said the number of people who reported buying organic products fell 4 percent in August, compared with a year earlier. While more than one in five surveyed in the latest figures available from NPD purchased organic products, the August data represented the first customer losses for the sector since February 2006 - a decline that is expected to accelerate in the months ahead.

Many devotees of organic foods are not willing to cut back...loyalty to the organic foods movement helps explain why Hain Celestial Group Inc. of Melville, N.Y., which owns the Arrowhead Mills, Health Valley and dozens of other organic food and product labels, reported a $7 million profit in the quarter that ended Sept. 30 as sales grew 22 percent.

While I can understand why people want to save money on their grocery bill, my husband and I like to think of our spending on organic food as our "entertainment dollar." We are committed to continuing to buy organic for both personal and planetary health, as well as supporting local growers. We don't go out to eat as much as most families I know, and we put that "take out" budget toward our grocery bill. I also steer clear of packaged dinners and "prepared foods," where you can spend a lot of money very quickly. If you buy what's in season, shop the bulk bins, and cook from scratch, there is no reason to abandon organic foods in tight times.


pixiepine said...

I completely agree. It's actually enjoyable to create simpler meals when organic is costly.

Anonymous said...

Disagree completely. Sadly, I am not one for take out or restaurant foods. As we cut our budget to the nil, organic food was the last to go. But, indeed it has gone. I have also questioned the integrity of the organic producers. Yield may be less because the growers cannot encourage growth with chemicals, but everything is twice as expensive. I love how some regular food manufactures are adding "all natural" to their labels and charging more for them...so are they saying then that the rest of their products are laden with chemicals and growth hormones? Duh. Shoot yourself in the foot, huh? Anyway, I never thought I would leave behind many of my beliefs about organic foods, but if it means I can feed my family and keep the heat in the house...you do what you have to. It is too bad that any food is grown that could be dangerous for the consumer. It is sad we have to choose. By the way, my husband was an organic farmer and we could not afford to carry on as a producer either...he now works for an oil producer. Imagine the dissonance he has going on in his head!