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Supporting Both Sides of the Food Fight

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I need to come clean about something -- and for those of you who know me personally, this might come as a shock to you.

I buy organic and conventional food. There, I said it. I will purchase both -- if the price is right, of course.

Here's why I'll buy organic food. I know there is no nutritional difference between organic and conventional food; the only difference is the methods that were used to grow it. I think it's important to support all types of farmers if your budget can afford it. I have one thing that I love to splurge on and that happens to be organic. My local HyVee carries an awesome organic pineapple salsa. You can't beat it. If I could find a pineapple salsa that was made with conventional ingredients, I would buy it too. I would buy whichever one was cheaper.

Here's another fact, in case you missed my "6 Things Chipotle Doesn't Want You to Know" blog post. Organic producers can still use chemicals on their products; the only difference is that their chemicals are derived from a natural source rather than a synthetic source.

If the organic food section is offering something that the conventional food section isn't offering, and the price is right, I'll buy. The same goes for the conventional side. If the conventional food section is offering something that the organic food section can't offer, I'm going to support the conventional products. I think it's important to support all forms of agriculture, but I think it's more important to make informed decisions based on facts, not fear. If you have all your facts straight and still choose to buy completely organic or completely conventional, that's great. It's awesome to have those options and that freedom in our current food market.

We shouldn't be fighting over our food but embracing the many choices we have. One type of agriculture isn't going to feed the world. It's going to take all farmers, not just one kind.

Let's work together on this, not against each other.

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