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Give Me Organic, STAT!

Give Me Organic, STAT!

It would seem like a doctor would have the whole eating healthy thing down pat. But Alan Greene, M.D., decided to take his health rules one step further by committing to three years of eating 100% organic food.

It was tough to say the least. He buffered the tough factor by calling ahead to restaurants, researching organic treats and shopping at gourmet foods stores like Whole Foods. Organic eating also upped the grocery bills, as it's sometimes nearly 75% more expensive than conventional foods. And in some cases, just because the food is called "organic" doesn't mean that it's truly produced without hormones, antibiotics or pesticides.

So what was Greene's verdict? The good doctor admits he WOULD NOT recommend the lifestyle to anyone. "It's too far off the beaten food grid," he tells The New York Times. While his efforts are envious, Greene asserts that sticking with the challenge proved to be, well, a challenge.

It's tough for me to read an article like this. There is no doubt in my mind that organic food is the healthier option, but lets fact it -- it's not exactly cheap. Because I can't afford to go all organic, I focus on the Dirty Dozen when buying produce—a list of must-buy organic foods. I am confident a smaller effort is better than none at all.

Do you think an all-organic diet is equal to total health?

—Caroline Shannon

Posted: 12/11/08

I agree that going all organic would be way too difficult and expensive for the average person/family. I try to make sure a handful of my groceries are organic, but other than that, I supplement with what's most affordable and on my list of things to get.


I think that we must do what we can, when we can, both for our health and the health of the planet. I always go back to what Axil Comras of GreenHome.com said in his interview with us (Link: "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Meaning, don't give up just because you can't do it 100%.

I think your idea, Caroline, of sticking to a shortlist of things you really want to focus on buying organically is a good start. For me, it's also important to buy local, not only to support local farms and businesses but to avoid all that goes into importing food.

  • By kristen
  • on 12/11/08 12:28 PM EST